Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons (Summer Reading Edition)

Why I read this book –

A few days ago when I called my sister to ask a question, my niece answered the phone. When she realized it was me, the first words out of her mouth were “I have a book recommendation for you. It’s called Walk Two Moons…it’s a mystery and it’s really good!”

My niece is about to turn 12. How can I not read a book recommended with such fervor?

Why would she recommend a book to her aunt? Because I asked her to – specifically when it came to books she was reading in school. My thought was that if someone outside of her class read the same book and then talked about it with her, she would gain a little more insight, find something more than just what the teacher wanted to hear when they discussed the book in class.

I was barely into the book when I came across a passage regarding the main character’s grandparents that made me laugh and smile. After checking the time to make sure my niece was not in school I texted her about it. (Yes, she has a cell phone.) Her immediate response was to ask how far I had read and agree with me about the grandparents. The text conversation lasted all of 10 minutes but it was clear to me that she was genuinely interested in what I thought of the book. The last thing she told me was that the ending was sad. She had just finished reading it.

What I thought of the book –

Walk Two Moons was written by Sharon Creech. The title is a reference to a the saying “Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.” This theme runs throughout the book.

I really liked it. It may have been written for a younger audience, but I had absolutely no trouble relating to the story or the characters at all. As I mentioned, the characterization of characters was superb. (The part regarding the grandparents that I laughed about – they stole tires…from a senators car to replace their busted ones…)

The story itself is very poignant. We follow a young girl through her process of grieving the loss of her mother as she tells the story of her friend. The plot flows naturally from one point to the next with such ease as our storyteller relates this story even as her own story continues.

Walk Two Moons is an excellent coming of age story. It’s that simple. Would I recommend it to older readers (over the age of 11) absolutely. Sometimes we need a little reminder of what it was like to be 13 and discovering how things connect…

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