Since I am on spring break this week, there will be more postings than usual.
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Salamanca Tree Hiddle: Storyteller and Searcher
"Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins."
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca "Sal" Hiddle is an only child whose mother has left. Her father has uprooted her from her home in Kentucky and moved to Ohio, where Sal must learn to fit in amongst a group of extraordinary characters. During the summer, her paternal grandparents scoop her and drive cross country to Idaho up to reunite her with her missing mother. Along the way, Sal weaves a story of her new friends and the adventures that they have, particularly her friend Phoebe Winterbottom, whose own mother disappears and who discovers a "lunatic".
I just finished reading Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. It seems lately that the Newbery Award books I have been reading all revolve around one or both parents that are missing or dead, and this story is no different. Sal wishes her mother hadn't abandoned her, and spends most of the trip wishing her mother was with her now. The weaving of the various stories, all revolving around mothers, was done very well. The interspersing of Native American ideals (or Indian, as Sal prefers to identify herself) added another dimension to this tale. The theme of this novel is grief. Sal grieves being abandoned and being uprooted from all she knew while others grieve in different ways that make sense if you have read the novel. Another theme is alienation and isolation, as most of the mothers in this story share in those feelings.