Walk Two Moons

Author: Sharon Creech

Type: Fiction, novel

Published: 1994

I read it: May 2011

walk two moons

Sharon Creech had proven to me she was a subtle poet with Love That Dog, and I finally got around to reading one of her novels that had been sitting on my shelves for at least three years. Walk Two Moons is also subtle, as well as touching and funny and brisk. Sal is a young girl seeking a mother who left her, and she gets her story across by telling the story of her friend Phoebe, who has a similar lost-mother problem. She does all this on a road trip across the country with her quirky grandparents. In this way three stories are gracefully entwined, and although much of the themes are put out there for any reader to see, it’s not until the penultimate page that the protagonist admits, “I miss my mother.” The story wraps neatly but genuinely, and there are a string of futures to imagine for the characters. It ain’t The Hunger Games, kids. This is young adult writing at its highest.

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