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Thoughts on “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech (Audiobook)

I think I owned Newbery Medal recipient Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech when I was a kid, but I definitely never read it. When I saw the audiobook was read by Hope Davis (one of my favorites!), I thought I’d give it a try.

About the Book:

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (audiobook cover)Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle — “Sal” for short — is about to embark on a road trip with her grandparents. Their destination: Lewiston, Idaho, where Sal’s mother went by bus when she left Sal and Sal’s father not so long ago. Sal’s father is staying behind in Euclid, Ohio, where he and Sal moved after Sal’s mother left.

As the miles roll away behind them, Sal entertains her grandparents with the story of Phoebe Winterbottom — Sal’s friend in Euclid — and her madman. And buried behind this inner story is yet another tale, just between Sal and the reader: her own story, about her life in Bybanks, Kentucky, and what happened before and after her mother disappeared.

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure how I missed Walk Two Moons as a kid — probably in the same way I missed The Phantom Tollbooth. Though, really, I think I appreciated both more as an adult than I would have as a child. I doubt I’d have gotten the depth of Walk Two Moons, the bittersweet interplay between the three stories Sal tells, had I been reading for plot (as I did as a kid).

Creech weaves the three stories together flawlessly. On the surface, Sal and her grandparents have a rather eventful journey west. One level down, Phoebe’s story fills out the narrative and provides an air of mystery. And the innermost story, the tender core of the novel where Sal lets her guard down in little flashes, grabs onto your heart. As the boundaries between the three fade toward the final pages, I think the end is even more poignant because of how these separate stories collapse into the final moments.

Sal is a wonderfully developed character, especially for a middle grade novel. Because we get to see her in so many lights, as well as hear her own voice telling the stories, she is quite multifaceted before the book has gotten very far. She’s strong and determined but also scared, and Creech strikes a perfect balance in her leading lady. Walk Two Moons is truly Salamanca’s journey, and it is a pleasure to watch her make it.

Hope Davis is a fantastic narrator. Walk Two Moons was the third of her audiobooks I’ve listened to, and she has been flawless across the board (even when I didn’t much care for the novel being read — State of Wonder, I’m looking at you!). Her gentle voice and mild accent in Walk Two Moons put the listener at ease and allow him or her to slip effortlessly into the tale unfolding. Davis has the rare gift of being able to take on various roles successfully while at the same time remaining Hope Davis, and she has become one of my go-to narrators. If you’ve yet to try something by her, I can’t recommend her enough.

Those are my thoughts. Check out Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech on Goodreads or LibraryThing, read a plethora of other bloggers’ reviews, or listen to an Audible sample!

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  • http://www.thingsmeanalot.com/ Nymeth

    I loved this book! And I need to read more Sharon Creech.

  • http://www.ragingbibliomania.net/ zibilee

    I hadn’t heard of this book before, but I bet it’s an audio that I could share with my daughter over a long car trip. I need to check this out sometime. Thanks for the glowing and excellent review!

  • http://alternatereadality.blogspot.com/ Jenny

    I’ve only read on Creech book before and I can’t remember the name at the moment but I remember really liking it. There’s something so simple and beautiful about her writing.

  • http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/ Amy

    This author’s name isn’t familiar to me but this book sounds interesting and very clever. I love that Hope Davis is the narrator

    Thank you for a great review!

  • http://www.fizzythoughts.com softdrink

    I
    ve never heard of this one…but then, I’m older than you. :-(

  • http://www.thebluebookcase.blogspot.com Ingrid

    I LOVED this book as a kid. I would love to revisit it.

  • http://jennysbooks.wordpress.com Jenny

    I have loved this book for years, and it’s grown up well with me. I still get teary when I reread it. I don’t want to pounce on you with a big Sharon Creech reading list, but Chasing Redbird is also very wonderful (and set in the same world as Walk Two Moons), and I rarely tire of Bloomability. Neither of them is quite up to Walk Two Moons’s standard, but both are wondrous in their own ways. Also The Wanderer. And also Absolutely Normal Chaos is rather sweet.

  • http://www.buriedinprint.com Buried In Print

    I’ve heard other good things about the books that Jenny mentions above, too. They’re all on my TBR list. Sounds like I have some good reading ahead!

  • http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com/ Meg @ A Bookish Affair

    Ooo, I totally forgot about this book!