MoccasinsWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is not a completely happy story, yet it is filled with wonderful surprises and unexpected twists. It is peppered liberally with treats like secret messages, a lunatic, mysteries, strange kisses, surprising revelations, and a very long road trip.

Thirteen year old Sal (short for Salamanca Tree Hiddle) has recently had to deal with some very hard things. In addition to having a mouthful of a name, her mother left her and her dad the year before, and she has had to move away from their beloved farm in Kentucky to a small town in Ohio.

My grandparents can get into trouble as easily as a fly can land on a watermelon.

Though she does not live with her grandparents, she has the “opportunity” to make a cross-country road trip with them. They set out to spend ten days driving out to Idaho, to where her mom went when she left.

Don’t judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.

Her new friend in Ohio, Phoebe Winterbottom, also has to deal with some hard things – and Sal is in the perfect position to be the good friend Phoebe needs. Sal spends the road trip telling her grandparents all about Phoebe and her problems.

…beneath Phoebe’s story was another one.  Mine.

Everyone learns a thing or two, including us, the readers, when we get to the end and finally learn all.  Maybe we should all take a road trip – in someone else’s moccasins.