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Walk Two Moons

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  133,934 Ratings  ·  5,632 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
Published by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1994)
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Loren E. Whitescarver 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)
Liz No, this book doesn't promote it. The only example of a "50's woman" is Mrs. Winterbottom and the book doesn't really comment on her role, only her…moreNo, this book doesn't promote it. The only example of a "50's woman" is Mrs. Winterbottom and the book doesn't really comment on her role, only her level of happiness. (less)

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Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friendofmyyouth
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,
Ahmad Sharabiani
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم ماه فوریه سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: با کفشهای دیگران راه برو؛ نویسنده: شارون کریچ؛ مترجم: کیوان عبیدی آشتیانی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، کتاب ونوشه، 1387، چاپ دوم 1388؛ در 242 ص؛ شابک: 9789643622787؛ چاپ سوم 1393؛ داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
رمان: «با کفشهای دیگران راه برو»؛ ماجرای دختری سیزده ساله است، که مادرش، او و پدرش را ترک کرده و رفته؛ داوری نکنید. حرف از یک داستان تلخ و سرد نیست. پشتِ این داستان داستان دیگری ست، که دلگرم و امیدوارتان
I read this book along with my son for his required school reading. Sometimes reading along with a partner helps lessen the dread...sometimes it doesn't.

My son did not enjoy this book much at all and I can't really say it was a favorite of mine either. But, I stayed positive throughout the reading experience though because I think Walk Two Moons has some important messages to offer young readers. It addresses issues related to judging others, internalizing others' actions, coping with emotions,
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Max Maxwell
Apr 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  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
كتابي به لطافت نسيم بهاري، مثل صداي رود، مثل طعم توت سياه...
Joanna Marple
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huzzah! Huzzah! Brilliant, unexpected twists and relationships with a beautifully sad ending!
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle is driving across the country to Lewiston, Idaho with her grandparents on a journey to find her mother, who left the past year. As they journey, she tells her grandparents the story of her friend, Phoebe, who she met when her father made them move away from their farm after her mother left. Phoebe's story is a sad and mysterious one, and as Salamanca weaves her tale, the gaps are filled in on her own story, and about her mother.

Heartbreaking and sad, and
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
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
Catherine ♡
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This felt very messy and I'm not sure what the plot was - I was a little bored by it and the dialogue seemed unrealistic and very systematic.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Austin K
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-nine-weeks
My book is called Walk Two Moons. This book is a touching book about a girl who spends all summer with her grand parents with a wish to be united with her mother and she traveled the country to go see her loving mother. She talks a long hard journey through several states and hits a few bumps along the way but her grand mother and grand father support her through the journey.. her grandparents are a handful and she has to keep them straight in the big cities unlike the small town they grew up in ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, ebook
“It seems to me that we can’t explain all the truly awful things in the world like war and murder and brain tumors, and we can’t fix these things, so we look at the frightening things that are closer to us and we magnify them until they burst open. Inside is something that we can manage, something that isn’t as awful as it had a first seemed. It is a relief to discover that although there might be axe murderers and kidnappers in the world, most people seem a lot like us: sometimes afraid and som ...more
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
Nancy Baker
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walk Two Moons is a children's book -- or is it? I purchased this book as a nightly read for when we take two of our grandchildren to Florida for a week. I'm not sure how the girls will feel about it, but I thought it was wonderful. It introduces Salamanca (known as "Sal"), age 13 whose world was upended two years ago. Her father finally moves them to another town where he has befriended a lady (Mrs. Cadaver). Mrs. Cadaver's husband is missing and Sal is thoroughly convinced that Mrs. Cadaver ha ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sal is an only child, living with her single dad. Her mom left them without saying a word. After a few days, her dad determined that she wasn't going to return. So when her best friend's Phoebe's own mother vanishes (she left a letter saying she needs a few days to sort some things out) Sal warns her ''She might not come back.'' But Phoebe insists that her mom wouldn't leave her, that she must have been abducted. And hence begins both girls investigation as Phoebe tries to figure out if certain ...more
Shayne Bauer
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am grateful to a friend for recommending this book to me.

This award-winning novel details the (literal) journey of a young girl across the country to see her mother. As she travels with her quirky grandparents, she tells a story of her outlandish friend, and the two stories converge beautifully. I had no idea just how many details would mesh in the heartbreaking climax and resolution of this book. Along the way, I experienced laugh-out-loud moments, frustration, sadness, and the sympathy that
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
Sumaiya Sabnam
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book, Sal and her father John moved to a town in Ohio. Sal loved her small home in Bybanks but they had to move to have a better life. Where the bad memories are not chasing John and Sal. Moving to a new town leaving the farms, house, friends and memories behind, this had left Sal affected on her life. The book is about moving on. Leave the past behind and movie onto the new life that is waiting for you on the other side of the road. While reading the book, I found a lot of different kind ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons is perhaps the most cliché piece of literature (a term it barely deserves to be labeled as) I have ever had the misfortune to experience. Its use of foreshadowing is, quite frankly, annoying, and its "plot twists" are predictable and completely expected. As stated before, the narration is extremely cliché (i. e. ending a chapter with the phrase "We had no idea how wrong we were," or something along those lines). In addition, the pre-teenage characters' dialogue sou ...more
Trang Ngo
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm teaching this book for the first time this year, and just read it again for the first time since I was in middle school. It's just great. I love the story-within-a-story format. Phoebe's story is symbolic of Sal's and it's all just so poetic and great. I love the sights as they travel across the country. I love Sharon Creech. Yay!

*Update* This book just gets better and better. You know a truly great book by its ability to enhance with reading over time, and connect with a wide audience. I lo
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