Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal award-winning novel, Walk Two Moons, is a poignant and powerful depiction of Salamanca Hiddle’s literal and figurative journey to adulthood. Thirteen-year-old Sal is suffering the loss of her mother, who has journeyed cross-country on a spiritual quest, never returning home. Determined to bring her mother home, Sal enlists the help of her grandparents, and the trio of misfits begin the long road trip from Ohio to Idaho. Deciding to arrive in Lewiston on August 20th, her mother’s birthday, Sal believes her mother will be most likely convinced of returning on this monumental day. To keep her car mates entertained, Sal tells the tale of Phoebe Winterbottom, a close friend, who also had her mother depart home, and the parallels between the two girls’ stories begin to slowly emerge. The two interweaving storylines are expertly wound together, and Creech’s bittersweet conclusion will forever cement this journey of self in readers’ minds. Recommended for ages 8 and up.