Sunday, February 7, 2010

Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech

Rated PG

This was a really wonderful young adult novel. The cover and title suggest it will be all Indian lore and nature trails, but it's not. While Salamanca, the main character, definitely has Indian roots that follow her through the story and are important to her, the book is much more than that.

Salamanca is going on a cross-country road trip with her grandparents, a trip that is meant to take her to her mother. Along the way, she tell her grandparents the interesting story of her friend Phoebe, whose life seems to be full of mystery and potential tragedy. But underneath Phoebe's story is Salamanca's own story, the story of a girl whose mother just walks away one spring day, a mother who promises to return but never does. And a father who deals with the loss in a way his child simply cannot agree with.

This novel is part mystery, part tragedy, part comedy. I became attached to it, and I highly recommend this book for tweens and teens.

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