Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

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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 and Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

HARPERCOLL

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold&;the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.



Baker
& Taylor

On a long car trip, thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle tells her grandparents the story of a friend who copes with a lunatic and the disappearance of her mother, a tale that reflects Sal's own experience with abandonment. Newbery Medal Winner. Reissue.

Publisher: [United States] :, HarperCollins,, 2009
ISBN: 9780061972515
0061972517
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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1995 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.

Winner of the 1995 John Newbery Medal

from Kenny: "It's a book with a likeable protagonist, it's a mystery story but also a coming-of-age one. It's got a lot of memorable quotes."


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labraden
Sep 28, 2020

Walk Two Moons is the sad story of Salamanca Tree Hiddle whose mother left Sal and her father to travel out west, but never returned home. Sal takes a trip with her grandparents to follow the path her mother took. While on the trip, Sal tells her grandparents the story of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom whose mother also disappeared. By alternating between the two stories, we get a chance to see the parallels between them and the differences that ultimately leads to the lesson or theme of the book which is dealing with loss. Newbery Award-winning books often have deeper meanings behind the actions of the characters, and this book was no exception. I did think that the book was almost too sad, leaving the reader with the message that there is very little in life to be happy about. Otherwise, this is a very well written story, full of emotion.

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ParmisBroumandi
Aug 12, 2020

The book Walk Two Moons is about a girl named Salamanca (Sal), who goes on a trip with her grandparents from Ohio to Idaho. This is so that they will be able to see her mom’s journey and see where her mother had passed away and her grave. Throughout the trip, Sal tells her grandparents about Pheobe - a friend she had met back in Ohio. She tells them about Pheobe’s mom too, and Pheobe's family. In addition to some mysterious events that took place there. She talks about how there were some anonymous letters sent to Pheobe. And how Pheobe thinks that these notes are related to their neighbour, Ms. Cadaver. They became suspicious of her, and try to solve the mystery. She continues on by telling her grandparents the reason her mom had gone on this trip in the first place, and other emotional events that had happened to her family. I think this book was great because it teaches you many life lessons and is a meaningful book. I recommend this to anyone who is in their teens, since I think the plot of this book is more relatable to teens. To be more specific, I think this book would be more relatable to a middle schooler. Since Sal and Pheobe are closer to the age range of middle schoolers.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 06, 2018

‘Walk two moons’ by Sharon Creech is a book I had to read for school, other groups had to read other books, but my group got given Walk two moons. The book has 2 stories going on at the same time, the story of when she (the main character: Salamanca Tree Hiddle) moved and her friends there, and the story of her and her grandparents on their road trip, trying to relive Sal’s mother’s road trip. The 2 stories in one was confusing at first, switching from one to the other, but I soon got to realize which was which. The ending is really surprising and the story is actually quite sad. My favourite characters are Ben and Sal, they become good friends, and I liked watching their ‘friendship’ develop, as we all knew that they liked each other. Sharon Creech’s characters are so unique and different from the other books I’ve read, you fall in love with them. I give this book a 5/5, loved it.
- @sarcasticmoth of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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JoanneMarieTravis
Feb 01, 2018

Salamanca Hiddle is traveling across the country with her delightful grandparents in search of her missing mother. Two intriguing stories are woven through the narrative and both have a hint of mystery, to keep the reader guessing until the conclusion. This is such a sweet story of love, loss, family and friendship and how we move on. Sharon Creech has a wonderful touch with her characters, you feel like you've known them forever. Loved this.

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heidijoemonty
Dec 28, 2017

This is a beautiful book... it is meant for children but I think that anyone who has felt significant loss in their life would benefit from reading this story. Really remarkable.

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donutwombat
Jul 21, 2017

One of the most touching stories I have ever read, dealing with what a lot of single parented kids deal with everyday. On the sadder side, but lighted by the humour and jokes, a book well worth my time.

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bertsplace
May 13, 2017

I thought it was a great book, both original and well written. It is a bit on the sad side but is also dealing with a difficult subject. It has some great humour in it that keeps it upbeat. The tie in with nature and native culture works very well and gives it a transcending quality.

While Salamanca tree hiddle is driving to Idaho to go bring her mother home, she talks about what her life was like after she left. This story, full of plot twists and turns, opened my eyes to what it's like to feel loss, and how it affects different people.\

-Maia, 15

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lb9034367
Jan 24, 2017

Decent read. Read it to my kids as bedtime story (ages around 10) and they said they enjoyed it.

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Procrastination
Jul 30, 2016

the book is really well written but it was a little to predicable. I really liked it though.

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

"It can't be dead. It was alive just a minute ago."

IndyPL_ToddG Dec 07, 2018

You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”
― Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“Sometimes you know in your heart you love someone, but you have to go away before your head can figure it out.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“On that night after Phoebe had given her Pandora report, I thought about the Hope in Pandora's box. Maybe when everything seemed sad and miserable, Phoebe and I could both hope that something might start to go right.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“I was wishing I was invisible. Outside, the leaves were falling to the ground, and I was infinitely sad, sad down to my bones. I was sad for Phoebe and her parents and Prudence and Mike, sad for the leaves that were dying, and sad for myself, for something I had lost.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“Being a mother is like trying to hold a wolf by the ears,” Gram said. “If you have three or four –or more – chickabiddies, you’re dancing on a hot griddle all the time. You don’t have time to think about anything else. And if you’ve only got one or two, it’s almost harder. You have room left over – empty spaces that you think you’ve got to fill up.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“A person isn't a bird. You can't cage a person.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“It seems to me that we can’t explain all the truly awful things in the world like war and murder and brain tumors, and we can’t fix these things, so we look at the frightening things that are closer to us and we magnify them until they burst open. Inside is something that we can manage, something that isn’t as awful as it had a first seemed. It is a relief to discover that although there might be axe murderers and kidnappers in the world, most people seem a lot like us: sometimes afraid and sometimes brave, sometimes cruel and sometimes kind.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“What I have since realized is that if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones. ”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

“You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”

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green_hamster_363
Apr 10, 2019

The book Walk two Moons by Sharon Creech is about a 13-year-old girl named Salamanca (Sal) who’s mom went on a road trip and never came back. Her grandparents decide to take her on a road trip following the path that her mom made. On the way, Sal tells the story of her friend Phoebe, a friend with an overactive imagination.
THE PART OF THE SUMMARY BELOW THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS SPOILER ALERTS SO DO NOT READ IF THAT WILL BOTHER YOU!!!
Her grandma (Gram) has a stroke and her grandpa (Gramps) won’t leave her side so he gives her the keys to the car and says that she can drive the rest of the way to Lewiston Idaho. When she gets to Lewiston Idaho (where they last herd from her) we learn that Sal knew that her mom died in a bus crash but couldn’t except it until she saw it in person and when she gets back to Gramps, she learns that Gram died at three o’clock that morning.

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ayeshanuma1
Jul 30, 2016

When she hoes on an adventure to find her mom..... she goes on a long car ride with her grandparents.. she then tells them the wonders of her life

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getsoemstars
Jul 29, 2014

This book is about a thirteen year old girl called Salamanca Tree Hiddle. She was taken to her grandparents by her parents and they went cross-country in Lewinston. Basiclly Sal talks about a story which is about her. She wishes to meet her missing mother again.

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joycemas
Jul 08, 2014

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold--the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 29, 2012

The novel is narrated by a 13 year old girl who is named Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal). Sal's mother has recently left Sal and her father, and Sal's Gram and Gramps are taking her on a cross-country car trip to Lewiston, Idaho to see her mother in time for her birthday, hoping to bring her home with her. Sal loves nature and was very close to her mother before she left. On the trip, Sal entertains her grandparents by telling a story about her friend in Euclid, Ohio, Phoebe Winterbottom, whose mother suddenly disappeared and left their family too, and about Ben Finney with whom Sal begins a tight relationship. Over the course of the book, Sal's story unfolds and their car travels west. As Sal reveals more details about Phoebe's story, parallels are realized between Sal's situation and Phoebe's story. When Sal is finished telling the story, Sal's grandmother, or "Gram", dies of a stroke. Sal's grandfather then gives Sal permission to drive to the site of a bus crash where we learn that the reason Sal's mother never returned was because she is deceased. Sal is then taken by a police officer to her mother's cemetery. Returning home to Bybanks, Kentucky, Sal's grandmother is buried and Pheobe, Ben, Mrs. Cadaver and Mr. Birkway promise to visit her next month.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 16, 2012

The novel is narrated by a 13 year old girl who is named Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal). Sal's mother has recently left Sal and her father, and Sal's Gram and Gramps are taking her on a cross-country car trip to Lewiston, Idaho to see her mother in time for her birthday, hoping to bring her home with her. Sal loves nature and was very close to her mother before she left. On the trip, Sal entertains her grandparents by telling a story about her friend in Euclid, Ohio, Phoebe Winterbottom, whose mother suddenly disappeared and left their family too, and about Ben Finney with whom Sal begins a tight relationship. Over the course of the book, Sal's story unfolds and their car travels west. As Sal reveals more details about Phoebe's story, parallels are realized between Sal's situation and Phoebe's story. When Sal is finished telling the story, Sal's grandmother, or "Gram", dies of a stroke. Sal's grandfather then gives Sal permission to drive to the site of a bus crash where we learn that the reason Sal's mother never returned was because she is deceased. Sal is then taken by a police officer to her mother's cemetery. Returning home to Bybanks, Kentucky, Sal's grandmother is buried and Pheobe, Ben, Mrs. Cadaver and Mr. Birkway promise to visit her next month.

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