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Walk Two Moons

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  109,131 ratings  ·  4,170 reviews
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 Ohi
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1994)
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This book was written specifically for my 13-year-old self, which apparently is still alive and well inside of me. It has all the elements I grew up loving: wacky names like Salamanca Tree Hiddle and Phoebe Winterbottom, American Indian themes, lush descriptions of country living, spiritual undertones, a little mystery, a little romance, and a missing mother.

The missing mother thing was the suckerpunch, of course. It's why I found myself lying in the bathtub in the middle of a Monday afternoon,
Thirteen year old Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal for short) embarks on a car trip with her eccentric grandparents from Ohio to Idaho to be reunited with her missing mother. Sal is determined that her mother will come home before the tulips bloom. Along the way Sal recounts her friendship with another girl by the name of Phoebe whose mother also left.
Sal tells a story of the strange and outrageous Phoebe Winterbottom who constantly warns of the dangers of cholesterol and thinks everyone she meets is
I read Walk Two Moons as part of the "literature circle" for my 6th grade son's class. I went into the read cold, knowing only what was written on the back of the book and the fact that it was a Newberry winner.

The basic idea of the story is a teenage girl (Sal) is traveling cross country with her grandparents to try and find her mother. Along the trip they have a few mini-adventures and Sal spends most of the drive-time telling about recent events of her own life as related to a "crazy" friend
IT WAS AWESOME!!! So sad in the end, though. This is one of my favorites. I am sooooo glad I read it!!!!!
This book is the perfect example of how a book can be written for a younger audience, but still hold entertainment and meaning for adult readers. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful without being (too) contrived or corny. The characters were interesting and unique, yet believable, and the story was truly touching. I thought the author did an excellent job portraying the mindset of middle school-age children, especially in that they didn't all think and act the same, or hav ...more
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Mar 31, 2008 Hillary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hillary by: Becky Jackson
This was a delightful read with even more delightful characters. The story line was engaging, the characters were perfectly flawed, and the ending offered closure without confusion or making up your mind for you. It was a quick read, completely worthy of the Newberry Medal and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer read.
Joanna Marple
Huzzah! Huzzah! Brilliant, unexpected twists and relationships with a beautifully sad ending!
Rowland Bismark
That night I kept thinking about Pandora's box. I wondered why someone would put a good thing such as Hope in a box with sickness and kidnapping and murder. It was fortunate that it was there, though. If not, people would have the birds of sadness nesting in their hair all the time, because of nuclear wars and the greenhouse effect and bombs and stabbings and lunatics. There must have been another box with all the good things in it, like sunshine and love and trees and all that. Who had the good ...more
Salamanca's mother leaves her family and heads across the country in Idaho. Sal doesn't understand why her mother left her, and why she doesn't come back. Sal's father can't stand to live in the farm that reminds him of his wife, and so moves them into a suburban neighborhood a few states away. Sal and her new friends think there is something very sinister going on in this seemingly normal neighborhood. Soon after the move, Sal takes a road trip with her grandparents to visit her mother, and on ...more
Trang Ngo
I cried. If it is not these vulnerable days of mine, then I would not cry. Unfortunately, I’m so weak these days that I can’t hold my tears reading those last chapters.

Honestly, I don’t really enjoy the beginning of the story. I even wish to turn the page quickly so I would finish on time to return the book. Not until the last quarter of the book do I realize how good and meaningful the book is :( This is when my tears came out. And I swear to myself my children will have to read books like this
Shane Prevosto
Walk two moons
Author: Sharon Creech
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright: 1994
Pages: 288
Chapter Book
Age: Elementary
Themes: Loss, family, traveling, nature
Synopsis: Thirteen year old Salamanca is traveling across the country to Idaho with her grandparents on the same trip her mother took (time period). Along the way she tells stories about how her father made her move from her home in Bybanks, Kentucky to Ohio.
Personal Response: I was very pleased after reading Walk two Moons. While reading I could
Recently I re-read this excellent book for the third time. It is a heartwarming story for young adults of all ages relating the journeys of intriguing characters (actual journeys as well as metaphorical journeys). The characters are caring and endearing as they interact with others while dealing with mistakes they make and losses they suffer.

The book contains so many delightful quotes such as:

"I prayed to trees. This was easier than praying directly to God. There was nearly always a tree nearby.
Jun 24, 2007 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It is incredibly satisfying, and incredibly well-written. You aren't exactly sure what is happening throughout the book, but it is interesting, and it pulls you in. In the end, it's bittersweet. I cried. Walk Two Moons is the kind of book that makes you think, the kind of book that makes you cry, and the kind of book that you really want to read over again. I guess I can relate to the car trip she is having, and the beauty of her descriptions.
Salamanca is truly growing during the book, and sh
Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors of young adult literature.
Her characters are realistic and one feels their pain.
I especially enjoy reading a book where the main character is female.
Sometimes family secrets have a way of coming out and surprising a person...
I’ve been on plenty of road trips with my own crazy family, but nothing prepared me for the trip that I was about to take when reading Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. In this book, you set out on an adventure with Sal and her grandparents from Sal’s new home in Euclid, Ohio on a two thousand mile drive to Lewiston, Idaho. Along the ride, their choice of entertainment is for Sal to tell a story, and she chooses the story of Phoebe.

When Sal first moves to the suburbs of Ohio from her farm in Kent
I thought this was a good book. I always would see people reading it. I saw it was available, and I finally decided to read it. The book is told in first person through Salamanca Tree Hiddle. In the book they usually just refer to her as Sal. Other important characters would be Sal’s grandparents and her friend Phoebe. Family members of Phoebe and Sal are also in the book.

"Walk Two Moons" is a story about a teenage girl named Sal from Bybanks, Kentucky. Sal and her grandparents are traveling al
Sovansakana Kong
Have you got the feeling of wanting to stay with someone so badly but you can't ? Walk two moons is a combination of a funny story and a heartbreaking one and I don’t really like the funny one but the sad one actually made me cry.

Sal who’s the protagonist of the book is my favourite character. I have some personal connections with her . When I read this I can feel almost every single pains she has in her heart because I also been through similar situation . The feeling of needing someone special
I used to joke with my mom (also an avid reader) about Newbery Medal winner books. They may be written at a kid/young-adult reading level and they may have teen main characters, but they are not books that kids like. They tend to be more philosophical than the average teenager. Growing up, I don't think there was ever a Newbery book that I liked or related to.

This book fits smack in the center of that Newbery stereotype. As a teen, I would have hated this book. To philosophical with not enough
Penyesalan memang selalu datang belakangan..

Yang diingat Sal adalah, ia marah2 dan berteriak kepada ibunya.. Dan teriakannya itu mungkin menjadi hal terakhir yang diingat ibunya di hari kepergiannya.. Dan Sal menyesal.. sangat sangat menyesal ;(

"Mungkin, berteriak kepada ibumu berarti dan penting. Aku dulu tak yakin tentang itu, tapi setelah ibumu tiba-tiba pergi, saat-saat kamu teriak kepada ibumu menjadi saat-saat yang penuh penyesalan sepanjang hidupmu."

Mungkin itulah yang menyebabkannya mer
Annie McMahon
What I didn't like:
The characters were not likable to me, especially Phoebe, the main character's friend, which I found very annoying. Even the main character was hard for me to relate with. All the adults in this book had major flaws and no strong moral values. The plot was slow, filled with unnecessary mystery, and didn't make sense to me at all (for example: a teen girl telling her story about her friend to her grandparents almost nonstop for a six-hour car ride, Grandpa letting his inexperie
Although this book won a medal, it was not my favorite book. I did not love Walk Two Moons all that much because I felt that it had a really slow start. Wait no thats not right because I thought that the whole book was slow. Nothing was very exciting until the end. Now I read this book as our reading circle but even my partner agreed that the excitement in the end was still not good. I have to say that some of the story I didn't understand no matter how many times I reread that part. Sometimes I ...more
Max Maxwell
Apr 14, 2009 Max Maxwell rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I would sooner wish the plague on you
Recommended to Max by: It was required for an education class
I shan't dignify this flaming turd with a review save the following: this is the worst young adult book I have ever encountered, and I have encountered my share. The dialogue thinks it is being playful, and it is actually being wooden; the story thinks it is being original, and it is predictable. The characters are more annoying than endearing for their idiosyncrasies. If it wasn't for the fact that I get resale when I sell books back to the university bookstore, I'd've peed on it and burned it ...more
This book, so far, is great!!! I love the characters in this book. They all have different interests. It makes the book very interesting to read. I also really like how Sharon Creech describes people's emotions. "All around the room, people were acting as if I had singlehandedly taken down on a fire-breathing dragon." (p.13) Overall, this book, so far, is great! I can't wait to read more!!!

I just finished Walk Two Moons! It was a really great book. I loved how Sharon Creech had
Một cuốn sách đẹp về tình bạn, về tình cảm gia đình, về tình yêu thiên nhiên, về tình yêu với sự tự do và đặc biệt là về nỗi buồn và sự vượt qua nỗi đau bằng sự thấu hiếu.
Jodie Greene
This book is a contemporary realistic fiction book. It is about a girl named Sal takes a trip with her grandparents from Ohio to Idaho to visit her mother's grave. She befriends another girl, Phoebe, while in Ohio. Sal and Phoebe mothers’ share some of the same life struggles. Sal reveals how her mother died on the same trip to Idaho that she and her grandparents are on now. Sal’s mother was distraught after the death of her baby and made the trip from Ohio to Idaho. While on the trip, she dies ...more
Creech deftly weaves together two narratives in this book as Salamanca Hiddle takes a road trip with her grandparents and spends the drive telling them a story that happened during the preceding school year. The plot twist of the second, inner story was not a surprise to me — I figured it out from the moment the "lunatic" showed up on the front porch — but the plot twist of the first, outer story was a big surprise and made me want to go back and reread the book to see how carefully it was craft ...more
The ending is good but terrible!!!!!
I started reading this book last fall as part of my book club at work. I found it difficult to get into at first, and honestly only read about the first quarter. I then skipped around here and there to get the gist of the rest of the book before we discussed it as a group. After that discussion, I thought I would give the book another chance, but I got so busy with our other books and my own personal list of books, that it just didn't happen. Then, a few days ago, I was looking through audiobook ...more
I had a 5th grade student once who kept checking out “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech. I asked her why and she looked at me with a heart-felt smile and told me it was her favorite book ever and she just liked reading it over and over. Her sweet, sincere statement touched me enough that I have never forgotten the incident.

So finally I had to complete my part by reading it, and judging for myself. I will state here that it is definitely in my top favorite five books – EVER! Once I understood the
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