Title: Walk Two Moons
Author: Sharon Creech
First published January 1, 1994
280 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780060739492 (ISBN10: 0060739495)
“Can I tell you a story?” Sal asked her grandparents, and instantly her mind went to the tale of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom, her missing mother, and the mysterious lunatic. As Sal recounts this strange story to her captivated audience, her own journey begins to unravel – a journey of a thirteen-year-old girl who is desperate to find her own missing mother.
In Sharon Creech’s beautifully crafted novel, Walk Two Moons, two stories intertwine, one filled with humor and the other with heartache. The result is a poignant and captivating tale of love, loss, and the complexities of human emotions that will leave you moved and inspired.
In Sharon Creech’s award-winning novel, “Walk Two Moons,” readers are taken on a captivating journey of self-discovery and reflection. Published first in 1994, Creech immerses readers in the world of thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, as she embarks on a cross-country road trip with her grandparents in search of her missing mother.
Creech’s writing style is both accessible and poignant, making the themes of grief, loss, and identity all the more relatable and salient for young and old readers alike. Through intricate character development and carefully crafted plot twists, Creech pulls the reader into the mind and heart of Sal, who herself is navigating the complexities of coming-of-age.
What makes this novel particularly special is the way Creech seamlessly interweaves multiple narratives and timeframes, each adding depth and complexity to the story as a whole.
Perhaps most significant are the ways in which “Walk Two Moons” speaks to contemporary issues and experiences.
For example, the novel highlights the interconnectedness of past and present, as Sal grapples with her own history and the secrets that have been kept from her. Furthermore, the novel illuminates the realities of growing up in a diverse and multicultural society, as Sal and her best friend Phoebe encounter a range of characters from different backgrounds and experiences.
One minor weakness of the novel may be its pacing, which some readers might find slow at times. However, this is a minor criticism that does not detract from the overall quality of the narrative.
Moreover, Creech’s ability to keep the reader engaged through moments of slower pacing is a testament to her skill as a writer.
Overall, “Walk Two Moons” is a satisfying and engaging novel that will resonate deeply with readers of all ages.
It is a heart-warming and poignant story that explores the nuances of identity, connectedness, and the human experience at large. For these reasons, we would strongly recommend this novel for both personal enjoyment and as an educational resource for young readers.
With its rich themes and compelling storytelling, “Walk Two Moons” is sure to become a classic in the realm of modern young adult literature. We rate this novel a resounding 4.5/5.