Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Published by Harper Trophy on May 24th 1996
Genres: Middle Grade, Young Adult
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"How about a story? Spin us a yarn."
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned.
"Oh, good!" Gram said. "Delicious!"
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.
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.
In her own award-winning style, 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.
Her writing is captivating. It’s poetic.
This book was one of those deeper meaning books that had a lot of messages, but it was really sad. It was mysterious and could be happy too, but I did cry at the end of it. There was a lot to learn from it, but so much was through death. It’s really a book about coping. Phoebe could not cope with anything. I thought she was awful for most of the time and I didn’t get how Sal still wanted to be around her. Apparently Phoebe was a magnet, but I wasn’t getting that part. Her whole family was kinda messed up. And Sal spent more time at Phoebe’s and Mary Lou Finney’s than at her own house, but that situation wasn’t the best either. There was unrest everywhere. And so many little mysteries.
The biggest message was about her mom, and how sometimes people have to go away to find out who they are, and it doesn’t have to be someone’s fault. It took her a while to learn that, but she did. It was painful. In fact, there were a few moms in the story that weren’t quite perfect.
Her little love story with Ben was absolutely adorable. It was perfectly done and appropriate for their ages. It was awkward but grew to be very sweet.
All the characters were so different and interesting as well. Her grandparents were charming.
Less than perfect:
This was a sad, beautiful story about Sal and how she learned to cope with her mother’s going away and ultimately death. There was a lot of mystery and excitement, but it was a poetic and captivatingly written story. Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.