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Walk Two Moons Library Binding – Sep 18 2008
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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 6-9AIn this Newbery Award book by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, 1994), 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle travels west with her Grams and Gramps to Lewiston, Idaho, the destination from which her mother did not return. As Sal entertains her grandparents with stories of her friend, Phoebe, who sees "lunatics" around every corner, threads from many life stories are seamlessly entwined. This pilgrimage wonderfully mirrors the journey of discovery that is adolescence, as Sal's search for the truth about her mother becomes a journey of discovery about much more. In vividly described incidents both humorous and poignant, everyone's "story" is told. The reading by British actress Kate Harper is crisp and well-paced, so that the layered, complex style doesn't confuse listeners. Harper creates appropriate and wonderfully individual voices for everyone, especially the irrepressible Phoebe. The rhythms of the reading effectively reflect the rhythms of the story's back and forth motion and its lyrical language.AMary Arnold, Medina County District Library, Brunswick, OH
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To be honest, I did not feel inclined to read this book -- the premise seemed a bit confusing at first -- but I have to say I'm glad I did. The author made sure to give us sympathetic characters with well written backgrounds that make it easy to understand why they act certain ways. Mothers are often seen as the glue that holds families together, but they are also human beings with their ups and downs, and need time for themselves too.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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A story of extremely high caliber. Creech writes a story that is emotionally touching but accessible to everyone. A must for anyone learning about literature. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ed
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 wellPublished on Nov. 8 2011 by Zannate21
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. Read morePublished on April 19 2006
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2005 by Chelsea
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. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Mary Hannah
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,... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2002
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. Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Anglobotomy
this book is great!
I had to read a good book for my language arts report. As i was looking i found this book in my bookshelf.
I loved it. Read more
A Newbery Medal Winner
Do not be mistaken, this is not just a book for "children".
Sal's journey with her grandparents is symbolic of the journey we all take through... Read more