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  • Library Binding: 304 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439548528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439548523
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,445,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother has disappeared. While tracing her steps on a car trip from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, Salamanca tells a story to pass the time about a friend named Phoebe Winterbottom whose mother vanished and who received secret messages after her disappearance. One of them read, "Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins." Despite her father's warning that she is "fishing in the air," Salamanca hopes to bring her home. By drawing strength from her Native American ancestry, she is able to face the truth about her mother. Walk Two Moons won the 1995 Newbery Medal. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grade 6-9-An engaging story of love and loss, told with humor and suspense. Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother leaves home suddenly on a spiritual quest, vowing to return, but can't keep her promise. The girl and her father leave their farm in Kentucky and move to Ohio, where Sal meets Phoebe Winterbottom, also 13. While Sal accompanies her eccentric grandparents on a six-day drive to Idaho to retrace her mother's route, she entertains them with the tale of Phoebe, whose mother has also left home. While this story-within-a-story is a potentially difficult device, in the hands of this capable author it works well to create suspense, keep readers' interest, and draw parallels between the situations and reactions of the two girls. Sal's emotional journey through the grieving process-from denial to anger and finally to acceptance-is depicted realistically and with feeling. Indeed, her initial confusion and repression of the truth are mirrored in the book. Overall, a richly layered novel about real and metaphorical journeys.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on June 13 2003
Format: Paperback
Sharon Creech is a great author, but she really out did herself here. Salamanca Tree Hiddle, more commonly known as Sal is on a long car trip with her grandparents. She is on the car trip to visit her mother who is "resting peacefully" in Lewiston, Idaho. When her grandparents ask her to tell a story, Sal tells the story of Phoebe and the strange events that took place.
Sal and her dad have just moved into a small house in a cramped town. Sal's mom has left the two in order to think about things. Sal and her dad miss her so much. Sal meets Phoebe Winterbottom who is in her class at school. The next door neighbor to Sal's new home is a friend of Sal's dad. Her name is Mrs. Cadaver. The woman was one of the main reasons for Sal's dad to move. Sal doesn't like her too much, but her dad spends evenings with her and the two go out together.
Phoebe is a strange person, who is scared of strangers and thinks her parents are the happiest people alive. She always defends her parents in front of anyone including Sal. Sal and Phoebe soon become very good friends. Sal finds Phoebe's mom always trying to please her children and her husband, but they never notice or seem to care.
One day, a strange man appears at the home of the Winterbottom's. He is very nervous when Phoebe's mom isn't home and goes away. Strange messages start appearing at the Winterbottom's home. One of them reads Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins. Soon Phoebe's mom disappears and Phoebe is going nuts. Phoebe's dad thinks his wife has just gone away for a few days, and tells Phoebe not to think about it. of course, Phoebe does. She even goes so far as to look for clues and call the police.
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By Lisa on June 5 2002
Format: Paperback
The book "Walk Two Moons" was in my opinion, a very good book. It was written by Sharon Creech who has also written "Absolutely Normal Chaos". They involve the same characters but they're not sequels to one another. The book includes a quote; "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins." It's very true and it relates to the book.
It starts out with 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hill travels with her grandparents from her hometown of Ohio to Idaho where her mother is supposedly living. She's searching for her mother and hopes to find her before or on her birthday, which is only a week away. Since her mother ran from their family, she believes that the only time she will come home is on her birthday. Along the way they come upon many obstacles. They make frequent stops to rest, little accidents happen and many other crazy adventures. Salamanca, also known as Sal, starts out the trip praying that they won't get in an accident because she is afraid of car trips, but this one is extremely important so she is willing to take it. Throughout the trip, she graces her grandparents with the long story of Phoebe Winterbottom, a friend back home. During the story, she mentions other little stories about her other friends and things that remind her of her mother but still relate to the story about Phoebe Winterbottom.
The story about Phoebe Winterbottom reveals that Phoebe was faced with the problem of a "potential lunatic", receiving mysterious messages, and her mother going away. It's all connected in a very strange way. Beneath her story is Sal's story about her mother running away. Sal believes that the only chance for her family reuniting is getting her mother back home. All together, it's a very good and adventurous book and I highly recommend it.
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This book, in my opinion, is an excellent book that I've read many times. Inside this book are some ingredients to a truely touching novel. First, there's that crazy, wild and funny areas that cover a very sad core. I'm talking about, of course, Phoebe Winterbottom, who's perfect life was untouched by anything out of the ordinary. When tragedy hits, however, she is unprepared for a shocking disappearence, leaving her lost and confused. Second, there's the dreaming and difficult remembering that Salamanca goes through. As she recalls the past, she wishes that she had done so many things differently to change the position she's in now. This leaves the reader saying, "A[...]" Overall, this novel isn't the kind that you read and forget. Everything in it sticks to your mind ......
SUMMARY: Salamanca's mother, Chanhassen "Sugar" Pickford Hiddle, had promised to come back to her daughter and husband before the tulips on their farm bloomed. She had just needed a bit of time alone to clear her heart of dark thoughts, taking a cross-country trip from Bybanks, Kentucky, to Lewiston, Idaho. But after the tulips bloomed and withered, she still hadn't come back. Feeling that the farm reminded him too much of his bygone wife, Salamanca's father takes his daughter and eccentric parents to the Ohio city of Euclid. Thinking that she should have a chance to visit her mother, Gramps and Grams bring Salamanca to Lewiston, tracing her mother's footsteps and stopping at every landmark she had seen. While on the way, Salamanca tells her grandparents the wacky story of Phoebe Winterbottom, a girl who Salamanca met in her Euclid school. Salamanca realizes while narrating the tale how similar she and Phoebe are, both with departed mothers, and both acting alike while fighting to get over it.
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