Walk Two Moons

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Walk Two Moons
Walk Two Moons.jpg
Author Sharon Creech
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young-adult fiction
Publication date
June 30, 1994
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 288 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-06-023334-6
LC Class PZ7.C8615 Wal 1994

Walk Two Moons is a novel written by Sharon Creech, published by Scholastic in 1994 and winner of the 1995 Newbery Medal.[1] The novel was originally intended as a follow-up to Creech's previous novel Absolutely Normal Chaos; however, the idea was changed after Sharon began writing.[2]


Salamanca or "Sal", a thirteen year old girl who is devastated by her mother's leaving her and her father after having experienced a mental breakdown caused by the death of Sal's younger sibling, is encouraged by her "Gram" and "Gramps" into going on a road trip to Idaho where her mother now resides. During the drive, Sal is begged by Grams to tell the story of her adventures with her new friend Phoebe, whose mother left her too, and the obstacles the two girls encountered while trying to find out why the mother left and where she is.

Aside from her life with Phoebe, it's revealed that Sal also struggles with her father who's spending too much time with a new and untrustworthy woman--a widow, who Sal predicts has killed her husband, and is even ominously named Margaret Cadaver--Sal's love for land her mother instilled in her via their Native American background, school assignments for private poems she's forced to unwillingly share in class, and of Sal's developing emotions for a boy she meets named Ben.

Along with the unveiling of Sal's own personal experiences, she, Gram, and Gramps, come into their own slew of excitement: including a boy who's either a thief, a friend, or both, an unexpected snake, along with snaking roads that ooze of venomous danger, a hospital visit, and Sal driven to do some underage driving alone upon those slithering streets.


The major themes in the story include the development of new relationships, dealing with grief, love, death,[3] cultural identity,[4] women's roles as mothers and wives,[5] coming to terms with the hardships of life, and the adventures of misunderstandings and coming to terms with reality. In 1997, it also won the Literaturhaus Award, Austria, and the Young Adult Sequoyah Award

Creech drew on her own background for many of the book's themes and images, including Sal's love of nature, her relationship with her mother, and the road trip to Idaho that frames the narrative.[6] In an interview, Creech said that she found the aphorism that gives the book its title ("Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins") in a fortune cookie.[7][2]


In 1995, Walk Two Moons won the Newbery Medal, the United Kingdom Reading Association Award, and the United Kingdom's Children's Book Award. In 1996, it received the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Book Award. In 1997, it also won the Literaturhaus Award, Austria, and the Young Adult Sequoyah Award .[2]


  1. ^ "1995 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". American Library Association. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Walk Two Moons". Author's Website. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  3. ^ "The 1990s Newbery Medal Winners: Walk Two Moons: Major Themes". Cliffs Notes. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Walk Two Moons". The Newbery Project. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  5. ^ "EBMA's Top 100 Authors: Sharon Creech". Educational Book & Media Association. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Sharon Creech Interview Transcript". Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
Preceded by
The Giver
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
The Midwife's Apprentice