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Walk Two Moons [Library Binding]

Sharon Creech
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Sept. 18 2008 1439548528 978-1439548523 1 Reissue
Alternately humorous, mysterious, and moving, an exploration of the life of young Samantha Hiddle shows how she comes to understand aspects of that life, including her feelings about her missing mother, as she travels across country with her eccentric grandparents.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars walk 2 moons Nov. 8 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this was a very good book and a very good and smart purchase on my part. i liked it alot and i would recommend it. good shipping and customer service as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars salamanca tree hiddle April 19 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Walk two moons is about a girl who moves to a new neighbor hood after her mother leaves. But soon she goes on a trip with her grand parents. It is a long trip so to pass the time she tells a story about her friend pheobe winterbottom who's mother has left and Pheobe is convinced she was either murdered or kidnap! Also Salamnca (sal for short) has a little romance that teaches her a lesson about things! But all in all this story is amazing and full of surprises i can tell you that. Even though i was forced to read this book for an english assignment i would gladly read it again and again! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but sad... Sept. 14 2005
By Chelsea
Format:Paperback
I read this book in 2 nights, and was kind of disappointed. I really liked the "Pheobe" story that Sal is telling in her grandparent's car, but all the stories about Sal were depressing to me. I don't like sad books! 3 important people in her life DIE, and I don't see any point in reading a book that makes you cry yourself to sleep...
But it was still really good!
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Format:Paperback
This book, right from the get go, is serious. If you're looking for fun reading, you might want to look elsewhere. The main character is somewhat depressed and in bad straights. Don't pick this up if you're looking for light reading, but if you're interested in a book that actually has a somewhat meaningful, if heavy plot then go right ahead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite A Book June 13 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful book for all ages Aug. 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read Walk Two Moons when I was 9, and I must have read it 5 times since then! It never fails to amaze me- this is a masterpiece that contains good advice for everyone, whether they're 12 or 93. I just finished translating it into French (for my own enjoyment; I'm not selling the translation or anything) which was a wonderful experience since it let me delve deeper into the basic meaning of the book. Thank you, Sharon Creech, for this outstanding work of art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely deserves more than 5 stars June 5 2002
Format:Hardcover
WOW!! I have not been an avid reader of Sharon Creech's work until now. This book grabbed my heart from the beginning and held on tight even beyond the last page. As a mother of 7, I plan recommending it to my older kids and reading it to my younger ones. Looking forward to reading more of Sharon Creech's work and hope to have wonderful experiences as I did with Walk Two Moons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About "Walk Two Moons" June 5 2002
By Lisa
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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