Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is a wonderful, poetic, and heartwarming story for teens about a 13-year-old girl named Salamanca who is coming to terms with the loss of her mother with the help of her wonderful family and quirky friends. Even though “birds of sadness” are interspersed throughout the story, there is ample wholesome humor that brings a smile and lightens the mood. The story is told over a period of a few weeks during late summer when Sal drives from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Sal’s father decides to rent out his farm and move to Ohio for a change, after his wife leaves him. After a year in Ohio, Sal’s paternal grandparents from Kentucky, come to take Sal on a trip to Idaho to see her mother. As they drive from city to city through state to state, Sal tells her grandparents a mysterious and humorous story about her friend Phoebe. Sal shares her feelings as well as her experiences in moving to a new town, making new friends, and going to a new school. The descriptions of the characters are full and rich and likable. Grams and Gramps provide ample humor as well while the three make the journey across the country.