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Walk Two Moons

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  158,763 ratings  ·  7,121 reviews
"How about a story? Spin us a yarn."
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned.
"Oh, good!" Gram said. "Delicious!"
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the st
Paperback, Summer Reading Edition, 280 pages
Published May 24th 1996 by HarperTrophy (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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Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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

Walk Two Moons is a novel written by Sharon Creech, published by HarperCollins in 1994 and winner of the 1995 Newbery Medal.

The major themes in the story include the development of new relationships, dealing with grief, love, death, cultural identity, women's roles as mothers and wives, the hardships of life, and the adventures of misunderstandings and coming to terms with reality. In 1997, it also won the Literaturhaus Award, Austria, and the Newbery Award.

Mar 01, 2008 rated it really liked 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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK. I'm still recovering, but I adored it. The ending is both sad and beautiful and totally perfect.

If you want to hear my complete thoughts, check out my episode on the SSR Podcast.
Joanna Marple
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Huzzah! Huzzah! Brilliant, unexpected twists and relationships with a beautifully sad ending!
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,
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
“You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”

I don't usually do the whole "hey, this book is like this other one" thing - I don't think it's interesting for people who want to read the review of a book to describe it by means of another one - however; this time I read two books in the course of a single month that were so similar, and gave so similar vibes, that I had to talk about it. The other book I am talking about is "The
Max Maxwell
Apr 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Annie McMahon
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I loved it just as much as I remember loving it when I was 12. SO good. Quirky, poignant, hopeful, and warm. Filled with big hearted characters (Gramps and Gram are OTP), humor, and some serious heartbreak, too. It so beautifully portrays a young girl's journey growing up, growing wiser, and learning to accept the past and hope for the future. I absolutely loved it. Also, it's a roadtrip story - who doesn't love a roadtrip story? ...more
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
Yusra  ✨
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
when I read this grade 6-ish I was obsessed. don’t really remember much except that they used the word lunatic a lot, a girl is on a road trip with her grandparents and on the way they have an encounter with a snake
(view spoiler) PLOT TWIST!
And I think there’s a woodpecker song thing that is still stuck in my head after all these years
Sharon Creech was my girll
Willow Anne
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
What a beautiful book. It truly did not disappoint. The stories just drew you in and wrapped you up, and I don't know if that makes sense, but that's what this book felt like. This book is why I love middle grade novels so much.

There were so many stories going on at once, and yet I was able to feel invested in all of them. For every character in the story, we got to see little pieces of their lives and see the parts of the struggles that each of them were going through. This demonstrated perfec
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From the book jacket: "How about a story? Spin us a yarn."
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned.
"Oh, good!" Gram said. "Delicious!"
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited wi
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a children's book. While I enjoyed the story and thought it was well written for the age group intended, I'm not entirely sure kids would like this story. It is sad, which is all fine, but it addresses some adult issues that many kids wouldn't relate to.

My older children read this in elementary school, and it didn't grab them....maybe because they were boys, or maybe it was just over their heads..... I'm not exactly sure. But still 4 stars for me, as an adult.
Brittany S.
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
See Kris's review for all the good.
This book was sweet and uniquely paced. I get why it is/was a Sonlight read. For some reason, though, I didn't really connect with it. I think I was in the wrong mood.
Lisa Brown
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
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fiction
A truly excellent book. Unfortunately we were reading it aloud to youngest son and weren't prepared for the somewhat surprize ending which was very hard on him. Probably not for the youngest readers. Otherwise the story is well written, well paced, we were instantly drawn in to it, extremely likeable characters (except maybe the English teacher). It ends well, just was hard as I said. ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Austin K
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel A.  Dawson
“You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.” 🖤 This was a re-read of a childhood favorite for #aradreadingchallenge, and I strangely remembered SO much of it! It’s a sweet and deep and poignant story of family and navigating preteen-hood and trying to make meaning of hard things in life.
Nancy Baker
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
catherine ♡
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it

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
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