After experiencing a deep personal sorrow, Salamanca’s Native American mother, Chanhassen, leaves her husband and daughter, for a time, to find herself. She takes a bus tour westward from their Kentucky home out to Idaho. When Chanhassen does not return, Sal and her grandparents decide to retrace Chanhassen’s steps by car on a road trip together. Sal plans to find and bring her mother home.
While sightseeing cross-country and ensuring they make all the stops that Chanhassen’s bus made, Sal enjoys her grandparents’ stories and company. Meanwhile, she weaves a yarn to them about her “friend” Phoebe, whose mother also disappeared, but continued to send Phoebe mysterious messages. As Phoebe’s story unfolds, so does Sal’s in this heartbreaking but beautiful YA novel, entitled Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech.
I should warn that this book will bring on the tears. It is an exquisite work of YA fiction, emotionally investing and geographically inspiring! The characters do not soon leave the reader. I highly recommend this unforgettable book to all ages. Creech poignantly teaches that life does continue after tragedy, love conquers all, and that one should never judge a person until having “walked two moons in his moccasins.”