Walk Two Moons

by Sharon Creech

Follow the links below to find free resources and book unit samples.


Book Information

Publication Date: May 19, 1994

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 770L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level W

Interest Level: Grades 5-7

Major Awards: 1995 Newbery Medal Winner

Number of Pages: 304 pages

Approximate Word Count: 92,720 words -- The average reader will spend 6 hours and 10 minutes reading Walk Two Moons at 250 words per minute.*

Audible Book Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins

Book Themes: Identity, Guilt and Blame, Family, Change/Abandonment, Visions fo America, Memory of the Past, Death

Genre: Coming-of-Age, Young Adult, Quest, Mystery

Setting: On Sal's road trip from Euclid, OH to Lewiston, ID, she and her grandparents stop in a lot of places:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • The Wisconsin Dells
  • Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
  • The Missouri River in South Dakota
  • The Badlands and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
  • Old Faithful in Wyoming
  • Coeur d'Alene in Idaho
  • Lewiston in Idaho

Important Quote: “Nobody knows how things will turn out, that's why they go ahead and play the game...You give it your all and sometimes amazing things happen, but it's hardly ever what you expect.”

First Line: Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true.

Point of View: First Person (limited - Salamanca Hiddle )

*Estimate from Reading Length

Links to Resources and Teaching Ideas

Walk Two Moons

These three games cover an important reading skill: USING CONTEXT CLUES. The sentences used to practice this skill are lines from Walk Two Moons. Both full color and black-lined versions are provided in this print-and-go activity. This means the games can easily be used for a small group activity.

You can download the free printable here.