Walk Two Moons (Newbery Medal Book)

Sharon Creech
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.Supports the Common Core State Standards


Reviewed: 2016-10-06
I remember that when I was younger, a number of people read this book but I never did. I don't know why but I'm glad I've read it now. This story, told from the point of view of Sal, is endearing and well written. Sal is a very relatable character who deals with very real life issues: death, loss, acceptance, friendships, crushes and figuring out who she is. Sharon Creech has created a beautiful story that almost everyone can relate to in one way or another. To teach this book, I would pair it with some traditional Native American stories and would, preferably if time allowed, would read them out loud in the oral tradition. I would try to find the ones that are mentioned in the story. Then as we read the book, I would work on predictions and foreshadowing as a reading strategy, as well as flashbacks, which I would want them to try in their own writing. The ending also has some heavy issues which I would like to have the students discuss in a fishbowl discussion.
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