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Walk Two Moons, written by Sharon Creech, was originally published in 1994.

Salamanca or Sal, as most people call her, is going on a road trip with her grandparents to Lewiston, Idaho, where her mother is buried. Along the way, she tells her grandparents the story about her friend Phoebe Winterbottom. Phoebe's story is similar to her own because her mom also leaves.


Sharon Creech went on a car ride when she was 12 from Ohio to Idaho. That is the basis for where Sal goes in the book. The saying "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins" comes from a fortune cookie that Sharon Creech got.

The book was also written as a follow up for another one of her books, Absolutely Normal Chaos.

Walk Two Moons won the Newberry Medal in 1995, the ALA Notable Children’s Book, the NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon, the School Library Journal Best Book, the Oklahoma’s Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award
, and the Virginia Young Readers Award.

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