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Walk Two Moons

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  137,924 Ratings  ·  6,025 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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by HarperCollins (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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Keleigh
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,
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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
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Jennifer
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,
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Danielle
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
Chris
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
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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!
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
Fahime
كتابي به لطافت نسيم بهاري، مثل صداي رود، مثل طعم توت سياه...
Shell
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.
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Reese
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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
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Faith
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
Donna
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yusra  ✨
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 girlll
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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?
Hillary
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.
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
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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
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Lorelei
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Laura
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
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Rong7
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SWBST

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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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
Rowland Pasaribu
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
Catie Currie
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a poignant, well-written little story. It's a short, easy read and the voice feels very authentic. This a great portrayal of loss, confusion, and just general growing up. I would absolutely recommend this to any child, particularly one experiencing the loss of a close family member.
(Yes, I did read it two days in a row, that's not a glitch haha. I liked it so much, I listened to it with a family member the next day so they could hear it, too).
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
Christopher
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
BookCupid
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
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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
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