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WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech

Reviewed by Alexandra

Walk Two Moons is a fictional novel that will keep readers on the edge of their chairs. Sharon Creech has done it again with short and sweet chapters that are always somewhat different. This book is about a young girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle, or Sal for short. Sal’s mother left her when she was a young baby, and her father raised her alone.  Sal is torn apart when she has to leave her home in Bybanks, Kentucky, and has to move to Euclid, Ohio, so that her father can be closer to his new girlfriend, Margret Cadaver. Margret Cadaver is a girlfriend of whom Sal doesn’t approve. Shortly after Sal moves, her grandparents offer her an adventure across the United States, and with Sal’s luck, the adventure is by car. Her grandparents don’t know that the only reason Sal is coming is to try to find her long lost mother. While the wind is whispering to Sal “hurry, hurry, hurry!” and “rush, rush, rush!” Sal is telling the story of her uneasy friend, Phoebe, mysterious notes on her doorstep, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic. Phoebe is Ms. Cadaver’s neighbor and is very suspicious of her and she convinced Sal that Ms. Cadaver was not right for her father.

Walk Two Moons is written from the point of view of an all-knowing narrator, and it is structured in the form of a narrative. Each short chapter has a captivating title and filled with some sort of twist. Sharon Creech uses the perfect combination of formal writing with use of local dialect in the story. I think that the theme of Walk Two Moons is hope. The whole time during Sal’s adventure, underneath all her stories, all Sal does is hope. She hopes she will see her mother, she hopes that her grandfather will not crash the car, she hopes her father is okay, and she hopes that her family will reunite. I think that the hope in Sal’s heart is what has kept her trying, all her life, to be happy, and supportive of her father’s decisions. Sal has so much hope in her heart, that her father is encouraged to hope for a better future as well, this twosome has the power to remain very optimistic throughout the whole story.

This book has two adventures in one, and provides an extremely vivid picture in your mind. I start laughing when I picture this poor girl with her grandparents who embarrass her with all their attempts to be funny. I recommend this book to all people in grades 2 to 8. For me, Walk Two Moons is still funny after reading it for the fourth time.

 

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