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Creech, Sharon

New York : HarperCollins, 1994.
IL 5-8 RL 6.6 .
ISBN 0060233370

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Sal is traveling with her grandparents cross-country. She is telling them the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who misinterpreted messages received semi-mysteriously. If she had not been so neurotic, there would have been no misunderstanding. Both girls have experienced loss. One mother died in an accident. One left home. Neither girl will get Mom back but one has more hope. The race across the country is two fold. The young girl has the goal of reaching Mom in time for her birthday. The Grandmother also seems to be dying.

Booktalk #2

Who is the new girl in town? Salamanca is her name and making up stories is her game. She just moved from Kentucky and she is a little shy. She now lives in Ohio and hates it there. She was bored out of her mind, that is, until she met Phoebe. Phoebe is Sal's neighbor and she has a vivid imagination. Some of the stories that Phoebe told may or may not be true, but Sal listened to everything that she heard. Phoebe helps the new town seem interesting and kind of fun.  The reason that I know the story of Phoebe and Salamanca is because Sal told her grandparents the story on a road trip. Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech is a wonderful story for children fifth through eighth grade. This novel is a realistic fiction. "How could Mrs. Cadaver kill her own husband"? Sal asked Phoebe. To find out the answer to this adventure and many others read Walk two Moons. (Katie R., student)

Booktalk #3

D “don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins.” This famous Indian saying is the main theme of the heartwarming book, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. Within this story many other inspiring quotes are found which leaves the reader thinking not only about the importance of these quotes to the main character but also to the reader himself.
The main character of this book is Salamanca Tree Hiddle, a sad yet thoughtful thirteen year old girl. Sal's life seems to fall apart when a family member makes a choice that has serious consequences for them all. This book is actually a story within a story. While traveling across country with her grandparents following her mother's road trip, Sal relates the adventures of her new friend, Phoebe. In discussing Phoebe's loss, Sal learns to cope with her own problems. Will Salamanca find the answers to the questions she has about her own mother when she finally reaches Idaho?
This realistic fiction would be ideal for children of the middle school age from 12-14 years old. They would enjoy this story because it is a difficult age for many children in learning to cope with independence. Young adults may be able to relate with the main character as she learns to cope with what life has dealt her.  (Rebeca M., K-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Death -- Fiction
                        Grandparents -- Fiction
                        Family life -- Fiction
                        Friendship -- Fiction


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