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Walk Two Moons (1994)

by Sharon Creech

Series: Walk Two Moons (1)

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After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

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 Name that Book: YA: Girl searching for her mom4 unread / 4WTM986, September 2018

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#1339 in our old book database. Rated: Good. #260 for Adele. Rated: Good. ( )
  villemezbrown | Nov 10, 2023 |
I was pleasantly surprised with Walk Two Moons. I was skeptical when I started reading but because it was a required one for Battle of the Books, I kind of had to stick with it. Well that AND the story involved a road trip to Lewiston, Idaho......personal connections are always good.

However, this book had a lot of depth--love, loss, family, diversity, intrigue, wittiness....I was kind of amazed. I got a lot of innuendo as well as subtle nuances that I will be curious to see if middle schoolers caught on to. It is a story, though, of a twelve year old's journey which is relatable. Sal and Phoebe are likable characters but my favorite were definitely the Grandma and Grandpa. They made me smile. ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
Two 13 year old girls who are dealing with their mothers' absence, the story told by one, Sal on a trip with her grandparents to her mother's last location. It is a story about loss and stories and learning about one's own life by examining others' lives. There is a low key slightly mocking humor and while the story was well enough put together I found some discordant notes. ( )
  quondame | Jun 4, 2023 |
Sal is the main character in this novel. She is a 13 year old girl that has Native American roots. In the story she struggles with at the loss of her mother to a car accident. She sets out on a journey with hopes that she can bring her mother back, she carries many emotions such as pain, anger, and denial. As she listens to the stories about her mother and is faced with the trials along the way she has a changing in her attitude and personality. There is many things that can be taken from this book and developed to help others with issues and struggles they may be facing in life.
  frank.williams | Feb 23, 2023 |
While on a road trip to go visit her mother in Idaho, thirteen year old Sal entertains her grandparents with strange tales about her friend Phoebe. There's a lot in this story to digest, I may go back for a re-read soon. ( )
  fuzzi | Feb 17, 2023 |
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A richly layered novel about real and metaphorical journeys.
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Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 1995 (Vol. 48, No. 5))
Salamanca-Sal-grew up in Kentucky, but she and her father moved to Ohio after her mother's death; she and her grandparents are currently taking a road trip to Idaho, where her mother is buried. As they travel, Sal relates to her grandparents the story of her friend Phoebe, whose unhappy mother left Phoebe's family; Sal finds that recounting Phoebe's story helps her understand the desertion of her own mother, who was later killed when the bus taking her away from her family crashed. Creech skillfully keeps these layers separate but makes their interrelationship clear, and the plot moves along amid all this contemplation with the aid of a mysterious note-leaver, a local "lunatic," an eccentric English teacher, and Sal's budding romance, not to mention Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful, and a poisonous snakebite along the road of Sal's trip with her grandparents. The style is smooth and imaginative but cheerfully plain-spoken ("I wanted to jump up and say, 'Phoebe's mother has disappeared and that is why Phoebe is acting like a complete donkey,' but I didn't"), and the folksiness of Sal's grandparents (Sal's grandfather calls Sal his "chickabiddy" and his wife "gooseberry") is warm and uncontrived. Readers who enjoyed Barbara Hall's Dixie Storms (BCCB 7/90) will appreciate this strong and tender novel about all kinds of gain and loss. R*--Highly recommended as a book of special distinction. (c) Copyright 1995, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1994, HarperCollins, 280p, $15.89 and $16.00. Grades 7-12.
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CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1994)
Singular, vividly realized characters are at the heart of this moving, funny and astonishing novel. On a cross-country trip to Idaho to visit her mother, thirteen-year-old Sal fascinates and delights her grandparents with the story of mystery surrounding her best friend Phoebe Winterbottom, or Peeby as Gram and Gramps refer to her. But in telling Phoebe's story, Sal is also telling her grandparent's her own - how she is dealing with the changes in her life since her mother left their Kentucky home and she and her father moved to Ohio. The narrative moves back and forth between Sal on the road with her grandparents and Sal's story of Phoebe, but throughout, she privately reflects on her own memories of life back in Kentucky before her mother went away, when things seemed calm and whole. The journey west with her grandparents, who are colorful, quirky characters with boundless love, is healing for Sal as she comes to understand and accept why her mother went away. An added bonus for Wisconsin readers are the stops Sal and her grandparents make in downtown Madison and the Wisconsin Dells as they journey west. Winner, 1994 CCBC Newbery Award Discussion. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children; Fiction For Teenagers. 1994, HarperCollins, 280 pages, $15.89. Ages 10-14.
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Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.
For my sister and brothers:
Sandy, Dennis, Doug, Tom
with love
The Favorite
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Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true.
Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.
Everyone has his own agenda.
In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?
You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.
We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.
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After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

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