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Walk Two Moons

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  117,191 ratings  ·  4,486 reviews
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 moon ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 19th 1994 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1994)
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Loren This is not any sort of action or suspense book- if that is what you are looking for- but, this book is about one girl's journey, if you will, through…moreThis is not any sort of action or suspense book- if that is what you are looking for- but, this book is about one girl's journey, if you will, through facing all of her fears and learning to cope with a new home, death, and life itself. This book is beautiful and I highly recommend it for anyone. :)(less)

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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,
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
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
Joanna Marple
Huzzah! Huzzah! Brilliant, unexpected twists and relationships with a beautifully sad ending!
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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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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

Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother has left and never came back. Behind her story lies Pheobe's story. On a quest to go find her mother with her Grandpa and Grandma, Sal tells them about Pheobe. All of a sudden, Pheobe's mother, Mrs. Winterbottom, left and didn't come back. All Pheobe wants to do is to find out what happened and who took her mother, but she's left with no clues. She later suspects Ms. Cadaver, who's husband dies a bit ago. So, Pheobe and Salamanca investigate and find out what
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
Walk Two Moons was recommended by my librarian and is our YA book club read. It is a good little story about a girl whose mother leaves her and her father. They find out where she is and the girl and her grandparents take a road trip across the country to see her. There is also a second story within the book of the girl's new home and her best friend whose mother has also left.

There are some great quotes and learning lessons for teens/preteens to read. They are used as examples so children can u
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 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
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Initial Impressions (re-read) 5/17/14: OMG legit ugly cried at the end. That was so special to re-read. I can't remember at what age I originally read this but it was sooo amazing to read something I read as an eleven year old or twelve year old and still have it resonate so much at 27. Although maybe even more so BECAUSE I had a childhood connection to it. But so amazing. For sure still one of my all time favorites.

Full review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: Re-reads don't always
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
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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
I started listening to the audiobook, but because it kept on skipping, I ended up reading the ebook halfway through. I realized I liked it better in print than the audio. It just made me more aware of it and I retained the story better. Like many of Creech's books, the story slowly unfurled and thumped a slow and compelling rhythm. There were life lessons and messages for broken families. Love and appreciation for family was beautifully woven with the characters' emotional journeys. I might have ...more
Wow. What to say? This book touched me on two profound levels. From the perspective of a child, I empathized with Sal and her quest across the country to find her mother. As a parent, I walked in the moccasins of Gram and Gramps Hiddle and wanting the absolute best for their children. This was an emotional book for me (trying to avoid a spoiler) as I have seen life through the eyes of both Sal and her grandparents. The Phoebe side story was a clever and entertaining diversion. This story made me ...more
Samantha Rodriguez
It was a good book because it had mystery in it. Also it wasn't one of those happy happy books because the grandma died and her mom disappeared and they don't know if she's alive or dead. I didn't understand why it said that phoebes mom was kissing her son that she had given up wouldn't that be nasty to do to your own child. It was a good book because a lot of people disappeared and then the teacher ended up being Ms.cadavers brother. It was a really good book because it had lots of twist in it ...more
Audra Rowell
Wow! How have I not read this book before now? it was so good! I just couldn't put it down. It's a must read!
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
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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of
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