- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
- Series: Walk Two Moons (Book 1)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (December 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064405176
- ISBN-13: 978-0064405171
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,390 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother has disappeared. While tracing her steps on a car trip from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, Salamanca tells a story to pass the time about a friend named Phoebe Winterbottom whose mother vanished and who received secret messages after her disappearance. One of them read, "Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins." Despite her father's warning that she is "fishing in the air," Salamanca hopes to bring her home. By drawing strength from her Native American ancestry, she is able to face the truth about her mother. Walk Two Moons won the 1995 Newbery Medal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Grade 6-9-An engaging story of love and loss, told with humor and suspense. Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother leaves home suddenly on a spiritual quest, vowing to return, but can't keep her promise. The girl and her father leave their farm in Kentucky and move to Ohio, where Sal meets Phoebe Winterbottom, also 13. While Sal accompanies her eccentric grandparents on a six-day drive to Idaho to retrace her mother's route, she entertains them with the tale of Phoebe, whose mother has also left home. While this story-within-a-story is a potentially difficult device, in the hands of this capable author it works well to create suspense, keep readers' interest, and draw parallels between the situations and reactions of the two girls. Sal's emotional journey through the grieving process-from denial to anger and finally to acceptance-is depicted realistically and with feeling. Indeed, her initial confusion and repression of the truth are mirrored in the book. Overall, a richly layered novel about real and metaphorical journeys.
Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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The plot was complicate and realistic that it never failed to hold my absorption.
It had a few lessons that are invaluable even if they are widely known ones.
The story had a sad ending but the author compensated it well by making readers to think about important things in our lives.
The author spiced the story with humor and suspense as well.
Lastly, two interchanging stories, one in the past the other in the present, happening at the same time helped to strengthen the grasp on readers' absorption.
The lesson about water in a well made me think about how I, a sinner deserving to die, am living on the mercy which I am not even grateful for or sometimes even aware of.
When Salamanca stood before her mother's tomb, I became sad only to realize I should be sad when I fail to live a godly and loving life because sooner or later I will also die and after that judgement.
I recommend this to everyone, even those who hate sad ending as much as I do.
I only regret that I cannot give it another star for all the aforementioned reasons.
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