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Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons – Sharon CreechTitle: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Publishing Info: May 19, 1994 by HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 17, 2014
Related Posts: The Boy on the Porch

    "How about a story? Spin us a yarn."
    Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned.
    "Oh, good!" Gram said. "Delicious!"
    And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.
    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.

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Re-reads don’t always go well, especially when I’m hand-selecting books that gave me the feels even back when I was a pre-teen, so when I chose to re-read WALK TWO MOONS after 10+ years, of course I was a little nervous. This was one book I read as a kid and immediately fell in love with. It’s something that I kept recommending even as an adult, but obviously tastes change over the years and I wondered if this book still held its weight and significance in my life even as an adult so when the mood struck me one day to finally start my re-read, I knew it was time.

Thankfully, I had nothing to fear. I’ve actually only read one other book from Sharon Creech since my initial read of WALK TWO MOONS back in the day and it was beautiful but not phenomenal so I was a bit scared to re-read, wondering if the book would have lost its magic. The minute I started reading, I was reliving a piece of my childhood. The book brought me right back to where I had hoped it would.

Once again, I fell in love with Sal’s story. I think I connected with it in a whole different way, better understanding why her mother left and how the things in her life really affected her mental state. It’s even more heartbreaking reading it all over again — not only because I already knew the outcome, but because I just was better able to comprehend exactly how complicated Sal’s mother’s life was and how you don’t really understand things like that to their fullest extent when you’re only twelve. Sal knew that something was going on with her mother, but it was hard for her to see exactly how deep that ran, especially when her parents were trying to protect her and hide it from her.

The writing and story telling still felt as magical as when I first read it. I have to admit, I was a bit like Sal with my tendencies to hurry and rush because I was so excited to complete the re-read. I had actually forgotten the big plot points that are revealed in the end so it was exciting that the book was still new to me in that way as well. I cried ugly tears at the very end of this book. I knew how it ended and I had to prepare myself for it but it was a whole other ballgame when I came upon an incident I had forgotten about and I was SO shocked by it. I literally had to go upstairs and pull myself together. I wonder if it just brought so many feelings back from my childhood as well, and that’s why I felt everything in this book so strongly!

Re-read or not, I know that I can recommend this book to anyone now and feel confident that my feelings are still as they once were. I’m still in love with this book and it was so wonderful to reconnect with that point in my childhood again! It really was like coming home.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Sal // Character Obsessions: Her mother, Phoebe, the lunatic. 
I was never the new girl like Sal until after I had read this book, but looking back, I feel so bad for her. She was ripped from her home at a really hard time in her life and she had to sort of figure everything out again. Personal lives aside, I still relate to Sal — more our personalities. It was funny to see her really affected by her more outspoken friends, but I realized I do that as well! Our friends really are a big part of our lives.
Phoebe // Character Obsessions: The lunatic, notes, her mother, the norm.
Oh, Phoebe. She inspired a whole story for Sal to tell her grandparents. She was quite a character for sure. I really identified with her in some ways though. It’s hard when things in your family are so structured and then they start to stray from the normal. Although she is a bit more dramatic!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Childhood reads. I’ve only reread a few books from my childhood but actually so far… they’ve gone REALLY well. I’m so, so happy that WALK TWO MOONS is still as great as I remember it.
Left Me Wanting More: Patience. I wanted to badly to eat this book up that I rushed through it. I think it’s easier to skip over things in middle grade books because the language is a bit simpler. I tried to make myself slow down but I just raced straight through it.

Addiction Rating
Read it!

Whether it’s a re-read or a first time read, I still highly recommend this book! If it wasn’t a part of your childhood, make it a part of your adult life.

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The Boy on the Porch – Sharon Creech

The Boy on the Porch – Sharon CreechTitle: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
Publishing Info: September 3, 2013 by Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 25, 2013
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    When John and Marta found the boy on the porch, they were curious, naturally, as to why he was there-and they didn't expect him to stay, not at first, but he did stay, day after day, until it seemed as if he belonged, running and smiling and laughing his silent laugh, tapping and patting on every surface as he made his music, and painting-with water, with paint, with mud-those swirly swirls and swings and trees.
One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of person would leave their child with strangers? All they know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. And as their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, and John and Marta and the boy begin to see the world in brand-new ways. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech delivers a poignant story of finding family when you least expect it.

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I fell in love with Sharon Creech’s book WALK TWO MOONS back when I was kid but then somehow never ended up picking up another one of her books. I still need to re-read it someday to relive that experience, but in the meantime, I came across THE BOY ON THE PORCH, both on Edelweiss and then was fortunate enough to pick up a physical ARC at BEA.

THE BOY ON THE PORCH is the story of two adults, John and Marta, and how their lives change infinitely after finding a young boy around six or seven years old left on their porch. The only thing they knew of him was from the note that he was left there and whoever had left him would eventually come back for him. With nothing else to do, they decide to take him in and care for him until his family (or so they assume) comes back for him. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and John and Marta wonder if anyone really will come back for the boy. He also does not speak and does  not write, but instead communicates through tapping, through music, and through painting. John and Marta grow incredibly fond of him and secretly worry that someone really will come back for him one day.

THE BOY ON THE PORCH was such a curious little story. The quirks of the boy — the fact that he does talk, is very artistic, and seems to be communicating with the animals on John and Marta’s farm — just fascinated me. My brain was racing a mile a minute trying to figure out what had happened to him. Why couldn’t he talk? Did he have some kind of special power that helped him talk to animals? Was he autistic? Was his development stunted from neglect? What did the tapping mean? And then I had all of the questions that surrounded his relationship with John and Marta. Was he meant to come to them? Was his family — or whoever left him — coming back for him? Would John and Marta get punished for keeping a child that isn’t theirs?

Above all, this book had my brain thinking and wondering. I was really intrigued with the plot and all of the characters really just warmed my heart. I loved the small town/farm feel and how well Sharon Creech described all of the settings. I felt like I could really picture it and I got an amazing over all feel for the book. The only thing I wasn’t totally sold on was the ending, just because I was hoping for a few more answers. I had so many questions about the boy and some were answered, some weren’t — but then again, maybe I was also overthinking things! For all you fans of WALK TWO MOONS, it’s definitely a bit of a younger feel so you can’t really compare there, but I loved reading Sharon Creech’s work all the same! addiction_factor1

Kept Me Hooked On: Children’s & Middle Grade. This was probably somewhere in between children’s and middle grade and I don’t often read those… Usually they’re re-reads of books I read as a kid myself so to pick up a new one was interesting! It was nice for a quick read and I was glad to see that it still evokes a lot of feelings even as an adult.
Left Me Wanting More: Answers. I had a LOT of questions about this boy and where he came from. The end of the book wrapped up nicely and had a nice, heartwarming conclusion, but I still had so many things on my brain after I finished!

Addiction Rating
Library Read!

I know a lot of people probably won’t buy this since we’re mostly YA readers so I’ll recommend a hearty “borrow it from the library”! I think any age can pick this one up and enjoy it. The story tugs at your heart and I think it would actually be great for parents due to the really special story of John and Marta or great for parents to read or read to their kids.

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