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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
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Sep 02, 12

bookshelves: childrens-literature
Read in September, 2012

I read this book years ago and didn't like it because the main premise is sad. Sal's mother left the family more than a year ago, and Sal is still hoping that she will come back. The book is actually two parallel stories--Sal's own experiences, and those of her best friend, Phoebe. As Sal tells her grandparents Phoebe's story, she finally begins to process her own feelings about her mother. The novel unfolds gradually, jumping back and forth between Sal's journey west with her grandparents, her memories of her mother, and Phoebe's story. I loved the way the author fits all the pieces together to make a cohesive tale.

I wouldn't recommend this book for all readers. But I think children who have wrestled with the loss of a parent, either through divorce or death, would closely identify with it. And aside from that, it's a well-told tale and a good preteen coming-of-age story (although I have mixed feelings about the brief teenage romance in it). I really enjoyed my second reading of it.
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