Writer's Book Club

WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech

Join the Writer’s Book Club in discussing WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech! No membership or prior involvement required—jump in whenever you want! Discussions are open indefinitely. Our next WBC meeting will be November 6th to discuss INKHEART by Cornelia Funke.

To keep from spoiling the book for those who haven’t read it yet, I’ll post the discussion questions in the comments of this post. If you have read the book, click on “Comments” to respond with your thoughts. If you haven’t read it, then what are you waiting for?? Go out and get it!

Remember to be respectful of everyone, and the WBC should run smoothly. Let the discussion begin!

 

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6 thoughts on “WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech

  1. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

    1. Did you think Salamanca’s voice was appropriate for a thirteen-year-old girl?

    2. Did you like how the stories of Phoebe and Sal were intertwined throughout the novel? Was it well-done or confusing?

    3. How was the cross-country trip an effective setting for the book?

    4. What were a few of the obvious (or maybe not-so-obvious) themes of the book?

    5. Were you surprised by the ending? If not, what gave it away? How did you feel about the ending, and the book in general?

  2. I haven’t read the book, but you or your readers might be interested in reviews/critiques by Native Americans about the portrayal of Native characters and culture: here and here. Food for thought.

  3. I really really really enjoyed this book. The characters were so interesting, and Salamanca’s voice was exceptionally well done!
    1. There were only a few paragraphs when she seemed a bit more self-realized than a normal 13-yr-old girl is. She definitely had a mature voice, but I don’t mind a breech of realistic speech every once in a while because she’s telling a great story. She seemed more like a narrator than a character, though. Like, you saw things through her eyes but didn’t often discover who she was. But even though that was the case in some scenes, most of them she’s a fully realized, 3 dimensional character!
    2. I don’t see how the intertwined stories could be ANY MORE well done. Wow! It was exceptionally done.
    3. I thought it was especially fitting that she had to finish the journey alone.
    4. Well, an obvious theme is that we shouldn’t judge anyone until we’ve heard their story. Another theme is dealing with the separation of a parent, and forgiving them for it.
    5. I was totally surprised by the ending and it really deepened the story for me.
    What were your thoughts?

    • Thanks so much for your comments, Ellie! Always love hearing your thoughts!

      I have to admit that I kind of dropped the ball this month. I read this book a couple years ago, and meant to reread it before WBC, but didn’t get a chance to. So I’m operating on a fuzzy memory! Sorry about that.

      But I do remember loving this book, and I remember that I was surprised by the ending. I kept thinking that her parents had separated. When I finally realized the truth, it hit me like a ton of bricks and everything fell into place.

      I, too, love the intertwining stories! So fascinating the way they fit together.

      It did seem fitting that she should finish the journey alone. I was also wondering if the cross-country setting could be related to the story as a theme. Like she’s discovering the country at the same time she’s discovering herself and the truth about her mother. She has to go all that way and take all that time just to reconcile her story and Phoebe’s story and her mother’s story.

      I would need to reread the story to get a better grasp of Sal’s voice and character. But I think you’ve probably summed it up well: a great character with a sometimes mature voice. I remember loving some of the unique phrases used by her and her grandparents.

  4. I’m not quite done with the book. I’ll be back when I’ve finished it.
    I can answer a couple of the questions though:
    1. Definitely well done. Creech did a spectacular job with this 13 year old voice. The best part – 13 year olds do vacilate between maturity and immaturity, so I would expect there to be times with each.
    2. I didn’t think the intertwining was confusing, but I wasn’t particularly pleased with it either. But then, I’ve still got a little ways to go to finish it.

    I’ll save the rest, and possibly a revision of my answer to #2, for a little later this week. =)

    • Then I’ll wait to comment on your comments til you finish. 😀 Though I will say that I like your idea about 13-year-olds vacillating between maturity and immaturity.

      After you finish this book, don’t start another—I have a book I want you to read, if you’ll assent, LOL.

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