Walk Two Moons

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Walk Two Moons
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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" is in the car with Gram and Gramps, her grandparents, on her way to Idaho, where her mother is. During the trip, she tells a true story about her friend Phoebe and how her mother left, but came back again, at the same time about her doubts of Sal's father's girlfriend, Margaret Cadaver, and Sal's crush Ben.

When they almost reach Idaho, Gram suffers a stroke, and has to get to a hospital. Gramps decides to stay with her and gives Sal his car keys. Sal ends up driving the rest of the way.

Sal realizes that her mother isn't alive. She had already died in a bus accident, and Miss Cadaver, the only survivor, was Sal's mother's friend.

Sal also discovers that Gram has died.

The book ends with Sal saying that the only thing she was jealous of was that Phoebe's mother came back and hers did not.


The major themes in the story include grief, love, death,[3] cultural identity,[4] women's roles as mothers and wives,[5] coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, and the development of new relationships. The process of describing Phoebe's story and the reasons that her mother left helps Sal better understand her mother's leaving.Smith Mind-Boggling Book Award]]. 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