Walk Two Moons

| December 3, 2011

Title: Walk Two Moons

Author: Sharon Creech

Call Number: World Wide Web

From the Publisher:

After her mother leaves home suddenly, Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Literary Awards: Newbery Medal (1995); Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (1997); W.H. Smith’s Mind-Boggling Books Award (1996).

Though I remember this book had a fantastic ending, it has left a lasting impression on me for two other reasons: first, because it taught me how to spell the name “Phoebe.” Secondly, because of the following (abbreviated) passage:

“Mr. Birkway gave us a fifteen-second exercise. As fast as we could, without thinking, we were to draw something. He would tell us what we were to draw when everyone was ready. ‘Remember,’ he said. ‘Don’t think. Just draw. Fifteen seconds. Ready? Draw your soul.’ … The first thing I noticed was that every single person had drawn a central shape–a heart, circle, square, or triangle. I thought that was unusual. I mean, no one drew a bus or a spaceship or a cow–they all drew these same shapes. Next, I  noticed that inside each figure was a distinct design. At first, it seemed that every one was different. There was a cross, a dark scribble, an eye, a mouth, a window.”

This section blew my 5th grade mind. And unlike in the book, in which students only had 15 seconds to draw their souls, I have been contemplating it for almost 15 years and still wonder what I would draw. The older I get, the more complicated the task seems to be. Perhaps because I have been thinking about it.

Ideas of what you might draw?