Author: Sharon Creech
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic, Harper Collins (reprint)
Awards: Newberry Medal 1995, ALA Notable Children's Book, Parents Choice Gold Award, NCTE Notable Children's Book,
Why Did I Choose It? It's another Newberry Medal 🙂 As for why I chose to read this one this particular time, besides that it's one that I hadn't read before, the title is catchy and I was intrigued by the quote on the front cover: "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins." Couldn't we all learn from doing that?
A Bit From The Back Cover: Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, known as Sal, is traveling from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, in search of her mother. Along the way, she tells them the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, met a "potential lunatic", and whose mother disappeared. Beneath Phoebe's story is Sal's story and that of her mother, who left one day for Idaho and has not returned. Sal has less than a week to get to Idaho in time for her mother's birthday and bring her back. Despite her father's warning that she is fishing in the air, Sal knows this journey is the only chance she has for reuniting her family.
Review: This book was so heartwarming. The author did an amazing job at interweaving one tale of humor and wit into another tale of bittersweet loss to blend into a book most worthy of the Newberry Award( I read later how those tales were actually thought of at two separate occasions and it was the stubbornness of the author not to let go of either story that inspired her to interweave the two together....check out the story on her website- sink link above). I loved how the story was told on a car trip with her grandparents across the states...a reminder of a trip I made with my own 'grandparents' as a child. The story is rich in it's ability to demonstrate empathy and a human's ability to derive comfort out of story telling, nature and memories. I highly recommend that you get yourself a bowl of blackberries, sit under a tree and read this book...okay...not necessary for the blackberries and tree but believe me, it would really add to your experience 😉
Other Books By This Author: Love That Dog, Chasing Redbird, Absolutely Normal Chaos, The Unfinished Angel, The Wanderer and others.