Review of: Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” In Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech, thirteen year old Salamanca Tree Hiddle is on a lengthy road trip with her grandparents to find her mother who left them and never returned. Sal has lived in a world of confusion regarding her mother being missing and her father finally decided that she should know the truth about her mother. Sal’s father has told her close to nothing about her mother and why she went missing and never returned and he wants her to find the truth. Along the way, Sal entertains her grandparents by relaying the story of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom. Phoebe undergoes some of the same problems that Sal has struggled trough. Sal’s troubles begin in Bybanks, Kentucky when her mother’s absence is trialing her memory and thinking. As Sal unfolds the story of this new friend to her Grandparents, we learn that Phoebe meets a lunatic and is overcome with grief when her mother disappears, leaving only a note for each person in her family and home cooked meals in the freezer. Sal begins to see parallels in her and Phoebe’s situations. Phoebe’s efforts to find her mother leave Sal with the craving to discover her mother. Along the quest to find her mother, Sal visits all of the places where her mother sent her postcards from. However, Sal cannot enjoy any of the landmarks, because she is worried that she will not make it to Lewiston in time for her mother’s birthday, which she feels the need to do to make the moment more special and connect with her mother. All Sal can think about is past experiences with her mother; every single thought rabbit trails to her mother. The truth about Sal’s mother will shock her and cause her emotions to be paralyzed; Sal’s search for her mother will teach her to undergo heartbreak, but also to find happiness and hope.
I absolutely loved Walk Two Moons. Sal is uncovering the mystery of her mother who disappeared, and telling the story of her imaginative friend Phoebe Winterbottom. Sal realizes that her mother loves her, even thought she left, and that it is possible to live without her. Sal is a very strong female character, which I always enjoy and admire. The suspense about uncovering the real mystery of her mother made this book a page turner. Sharon Creech’s writing in this novel was often so hilarious and humorous, it truly helped me understand Sal’s bond with her family. The mystery of Sal’s mother and seeing the lengths Sal went through to find her showed Sal’s deep love for her mother. Sharon Creech truly wrote a fantastic mystery that was filled with love and hope.
I recommend Walk Two Moons to middle school students. Do not judge this book by its cover, or else you are missing out. When I saw the cover and listening to what other people have said about this novel, I thought it was about Indians. I assure you this book is not about Indians, it is a true story of bravery, courage, and hope. I truly admired Sal’s adoration for her family and her imaginative and optimistic mind.