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Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons

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by Sharon Creech

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In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood,


In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared.

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 with her missing mother.

Editorial Reviews

1995 Newbery Award Selection Committee.
“The book is packed with humor and affection and is an odyssey of unexpected twists and surprising conclusions.”
“This story sings.”
“In this funny and sad adventure story, readers fall in love with 13-year-old Salamanca, who is proud of her Indian blood and her country roots. Two stories weave together and teach the important life lesson that every story has two sides.”
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The struggle of thirteen year old Salamance (Sal) to understand and deal with her mother's disappearance unfolds while on a cross-country trip with her eccentric grandparents. Sal tells them the story of her friend Phoebe whose mother has also left home, but in reality it is her own story. A funny, mysterious, and touching novel. Newbery Award winner.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The Newbery Award for best young adult novel is the story of Salamanca Tree Hiddle who is traveling with her odd, but caring grandparents to find her mother and her own healing. By the story's end, she uncovers the truth. Her mother is dead and she has begun a new journey towards acceptance. The committee should be credited for recognizing the beautiful lyricism of the book. The main character is a poetic thirteen year old who feels at odds when her father "pluck[s] her up like a weed"and takes her to Ohio where the "houses were all jammed together like a row of birdhouses." The entire book sparkles with word images, expressed with intelligent metaphor and description. The award could also have been given because Salmanca Hiddle is proud of "the Indian-ness of her blood" in this era that is quick to leap on multi-ethnicity. Despite the lyricism of the writing, poignant themes of acceptance amid change, and interesting characters, the numerous characters and plots will leave young adult readers reeling. Four plots and subplots weave in and out of each other and eccentric characters pop up at every turn in the book. I doubt many children will relate to any of the characters and they might be confused by the preponderance of twists and turns. Only the strongest will persevere in finishing.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Salamanca Tree Hiddle, 13, believes her mother will return before the tulips bloom. During a car trip from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, true originals, Sal relates all that has happened the past year after her mother's sudden departure from home. A story within a story, Sal tells about Phoebe Winterbottom, her charismatic friend, who exaggerates, who believes she is being stalked by a "lunatic," who avoids cholesterol, unless it's her mother's brownies, and whose mother also has left home. Themes of love, life, death, and relationships are at the core of this story which is playful, imaginative, and satisfying. Awarded the 1995 Newbery Medal.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9In this Newbery Award book by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, 1994), 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle travels west with her Grams and Gramps to Lewiston, Idaho, the destination from which her mother did not return. As Sal entertains her grandparents with stories of her friend, Phoebe, who sees "lunatics" around every corner, threads from many life stories are seamlessly entwined. This pilgrimage wonderfully mirrors the journey of discovery that is adolescence, as Sal's search for the truth about her mother becomes a journey of discovery about much more. In vividly described incidents both humorous and poignant, everyone's "story" is told. The reading by British actress Kate Harper is crisp and well-paced, so that the layered, complex style doesn't confuse listeners. Harper creates appropriate and wonderfully individual voices for everyone, especially the irrepressible Phoebe. The rhythms of the reading effectively reflect the rhythms of the story's back and forth motion and its lyrical language.Mary Arnold, Medina County District Library, Brunswick, OH

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Walk Two Moons Series
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5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Walk Two Moons

Chapter One

A Face at the Window

Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true. I have lived most of my thirteen years in Bybanks, Kentucky, which is not much more than a caboodle of houses roosting in a green spot alongside the Ohio River. just over a year ago, my father plucked me up like a weed and took me and all our belongings (no, that is not true--he did not bring the chestnut tree, the willow, the maple, the hayloft, or the swimming hole, which all belonged to me) and we drove three hundred miles straight north and stopped in front of a house in Euclid, Ohio.

"No trees?" I said. "This is where we're going to live?"

"No," my father said. "This is Margaret's house."

The front door of the house opened and a lady with wild red hair stood there. I looked up and down the street. The houses were all jammed together like a row of birdhouses. In front of each house was a tiny square of grass, and in front of that was a thin gray sidewalk running alongside a gray road.

"Where's the barn?" I asked. "The river? The swimming hole?"

"Oh, Sal," my father said. "Come on. There's Margaret." He waved to the lady at the door.

"We have to go back. I forgot something."

The lady with the wild red hair opened the door and came out onto the porch.

"In the back of my closet," I said, under the floorboards. I put something there, and I've got to have it."

"Don't be a goose. Come and see Margaret."

I did not want to see Margaret. I stood there, looking around, and that's when I saw the face pressed up against an upstairs window next door. It was a round girl's face,and it looked afraid. I didn't know it then, but that face belonged to Phoebe Winterbottom, a girl who had a powerful imagination, who would become my friend, and who would have many peculiar things happen to her.

Not long ago, when I was locked in a car with my grandparents for six days, I told them the story of Phoebe, and when I finished telling them--or maybe even as I was telling them--I realized that the story of Phoebe was like the plaster wall in our old house in Bybanks, Kentucky.

My father started chipping away at a plaster wall in the living room of our house in Bybanks shortly after my mother left us one April morning. Our house was an old farmhouse that my parents had been restoring, room by room. Each night as he waited to hear from my mother, he chipped away at that wall.

On the night that we got the bad news--that she was not returning--he pounded and pounded, on that wall with a chisel and a hammer. At two o'clock in the morning, he came up to my room. I was not asleep. He led me downstairs and showed me what he had found. Hidden behind the wall was a brick fireplace.

The reason that Phoebe's story reminds me of that plaster wall and the hidden fireplace is that beneath Phoebe's story was another one. Mine.

Walk Two Moons. Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says. “Moo was inspired by our mutual love of Maine and by our granddaughter’s involvement in a local 4-H program. We have all been enchanted with the charms of cows.”


Brief Biography

Pennington, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1945
Place of Birth:
Cleveland, Ohio
B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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Walk Two Moons 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 964 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I totally judged by the cover at first, thinking it was boring. I was so mistaken. Walk Two Moons is a great book that everybody should take the opportunity to read, no matter your age. It's cute, and funny, and very enjoyable. I read this book in the 5th grade, and today, as I graduate from high school, it is still one of my favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you a crazy, spontaneous person? Do your friends complain about how random you are? Do you have trouble focusing on one thing for a long time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is the book for you. This is a story about a girl named Salamanca Hiddle, or Sal for short. She is coping with many problems. She is a farm girl who is moving to the city. Her mother left the family for Lewiston, Idaho without saying why. Sal and her father want her to come back very badly. Sal decides to go on a road trip with her grandparents to Idaho to see her mother. She tells a story to pass the time. It's about a girl named Phoebe Winterbottom. As the story goes on, it sounds very similar to Sal's life. Meanwhile, Gram and Gramps get into all kinds of silly trouble. Gramps tries to fix a woman's car and ends up disassembling the engine. The gang goes to a river and Gram is bitten by a snake. They stop at many historical sights along the way. This story is very random if you couldn't tell. I would recomend this book to everyone. It is different than other books. It manages to intertwine two stories and show the similarities between them. The book also throws in some interesting Native American quotes about life. It manages to put laughter and fun along with sadness and tragedy. Walk Two Moons is a book that you should check out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!! You will never want to put this book down!
blueberries More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book and is helpful in helping people understand relationships and friendships. A great read for people of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book ever!! Sharon Creech did such a wonderful job writing it. No wonder it got a Newbery Medal! I read it when I was just in 3rd grade, but stopped because it was too hard for me to understand. I read it again an 4th grade and couldn't stop reading it. I just started 6th grade. Thank you, Sharon Creech for writing such a powerful novel for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg,okso, this book has to be the best book OF ALL TIME. I have read it so many times before and im onlly in fifth grade. I did it for a book report. It took me and my friends all by suprise.(we read ot together) I would recomend this book to like ANYONE who loves this author or who is just looking for a good book to read. My best friend is in college and she read this book a coiple weeks ago. She said this was the best book she had ever read in her LIFE. (Next to the Hunger Games....) SHES 20 AND SHE LOVES TO READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, if ur lookingat buying this book.... BUY IT its worth the money. Promise. ;) kk. BYE -Hannah <3
bookmarkAB More than 1 year ago
i love this book .its my fave book .it made me cry 2 times .its heart breaking and funny. its the best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery, comedy, sadness, and loss all mixed up in one big and extravagant book. I recomend you to read chasing red bird and absolutely normal chaos after this book. Sharon Creech is a great author. I highly reccomend this awesome book.
Nellie Baran More than 1 year ago
Sorry about the other review below. The plotline was interesting (in a good way) and phoebe's story was as captivating as sal's. I couldn't wait to hear both! The saddest part was when mrs. Cadaver told her about (im not going to say because it will spoil the book for anyone who doesnt know the ending) and sal went to bring her back anyways. I personally thought she would before i knew about blablabla. This was a good book. I recommend it to all people who have this as a summer reading book and those who dont. I would read it again and am looking foward to more books by this author :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books ever writen! The people who rate it one star just aren't good readers. Reading is thinking. This book is DEFENATALY wofth yoir money :) :3 o 0 ---
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creech has done it again. This book is amazing. The book talks about life and loss and I would highly reccomend this read for growing children. It takes a mature and understanding person to read this book. It mentions how you go through a mix of emotions loss and understanding other peoples problems through yours. I read it and it is wonderful and a shame if you dont read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book Sal&rsquo;s mom is gone. Sal dos not know she left. When Sal moves to the suburbs she meets phoebe. Phoebe helps Sal realize why her mom left. She tells this story to her grandparents on the way to see her mom. The car ride is long but Sal dos not care. They rush to make it on time. Sal hopes to get there on her mom&rsquo;s birthday. I gave this book 4 star because it has a fabulous story line. The one thing I didn&rsquo;t like was sometimes the book does not explain things. In my opinion the book is sad but that is also what makes it good. The book has a grate voice. So over all I loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just writing this makes me cry! I highly recomend this book i could almost taest the blackberry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To anyone who is reading this review: This book. Is. Amazing. Ive only seen one bad review about it! It is reaaaslly good.
Patty Benson More than 1 year ago
Absolutly amazing!!! A book for the whole family! It is my third time reading it and still seems new! Amazing! If you have not read this yet please do! It opens your eyes to see the world as a new place!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know it is a little depresing but its real life and its good when ben and sal well i wont say but it envolves a new pet named blackberry i would read it five times if you liked this try almost home by joan bauer but dont listen to me read it some of these people like it some dont it depends well bye bye READ READ READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for all ages. Hit yes if you agree
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sing a little song
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book ever.Filled with so called lunatics, mistery, fun little sid stories ...What am i doing?go buy the book ,ill stop wasting your time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite books of all time! Read it in class and no one could put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the first book ever to actually make me cry. It is so addicting that I read all of this book in three days. All I have tovsay that this is a must read book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay some of it didn't make any sense. This book was sad ,but I still thought it was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. I read it when i was in 6th grade and have read it many times since. I would recomend it to anyone. Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book for pleasure but it took me forever to read for a reading project during tye summer. My advice to u, but otherwise, enjoy the book! I think it is a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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