By Jessica Garman
Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
Sharon Creech’s book Walk Two Moons is the tale of Salamanca, a free-spirited girl who travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents in hopes of bringing her mother, who left their family, back home.
She holds her breath as they explore the wilds of north and Midwest America from the treacherous badlands of South Dakota to the explosive Old Faithful of Montana. All the while, the wind is whispering “rush, rush, rush,” reminding Salamanca to hurry if she wants to get to Idaho in time for her mother’s birthday. As they drive, another story unfolds, that of Salamanca’s friend Phoebe Winterbottom, a girl with a wild imagination and a knack for detective work.
Salamanca tells of Phoebe’s mother and their attempt to uncover the secret behind her vanishing. Between finding mysterious messages that appear on Phoebe’s doorstep, watching the crazy neighbor Mrs. Cadaver hack away at the bushes in her backyard, and witnessing countless other suspicious activities, the girls become convinced that Mrs. Winterbottom has been kidnapped. They are determined to rescue her.
While telling Phoebe’s story, Salamanca discovers her own, as well as the story of her mother, who had promised to come home. Both adventurous and touching, Walk Two Moons is a novel that will keep readers pinned to their chairs and dreaming of this journey long after the last page.