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#AtoZChallenge: W-Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

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Welcome to W

let’s get right to it, there’s lots to see:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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This book needs no explanation, right?

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (whom I also love)

From Amazon.com: “To trace the path of her missing mother, Sal embarks on a journey from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents. On the road, Sal tells the strange and exciting story of her friend Phoebe. As the miles pass, Phoebe’s tale becomes more and more outrageous, while Sal’s own story begins to emerge. In unraveling Phoebe’s mystery, Sal comes ever closer to finding out the truth behind her own bittersweet journey. What will she find at the end of the road? “

Did I mention we love Sharon Creech at our house?

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Where is Bear by Leslea Newman is a fabulous choice for littles

because the animals have to find bear

who is hibernating!

I also love this author because she wrote Heather has Two Mommies, which I love!

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Welcome to the Blogging A to Z Challenge!

It’s April Already!

I am excited to begin the  A to Z blogging challenge

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The rules of the challenge are to blog every day (with most Sundays off)

with each letter of the alphabet.

My challenge here at Unconventional Librarian will be to

present a YA or children’s book for each letter of the alphabet!

Ready?

Let’s begin!

Today’s letter is A, so I have chosen

Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech

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I love Sharon Creech’s books because the characters are crazy silly.

Amazon.com says: “A prequel to the 1995 Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons, Absolutely Normal Chaos proves that Sharon Creech is not the kind of author you meet once and forget — she writes with a memorable voice that speaks directly to the thoughts and feelings of her readers. Absolutely Normal Chaos chronicles the daily life of 13-year-old Mary Lou Finney during her most chaotic and romantic summer ever. “

Can you just imagine a whole class of 13 yr olds groaning “oh no, a journal!?!”

I can.

I’ve read Walk Two Moons and I love that one too!

The next letter in the alphabet?

B

wonder what book will be next..?

stay tuned!

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I Love Sharon Creech!

“Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” (Walk Two Moons)

So in the midst of all I’ve been doing (prepping for new job and getting number 1 son ready to leave home for college) I’ve been reading The Wanderer by Sharon Creech.  While I was reading The Wanderer I was reminded of another of Creech’s books called Walk Two Moons.  Walk Two Moons is a Newberry Medal winner and The Wanderer is an Honor book, so you can’t go wrong reading either one.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon CreechWithout giving too much away, I realized the stories are similar because of their characters.  The main The Wanderer by Sharon Creechcharacters are young teenage girls.  Both come from “interesting” households (SPOILER: each child has lost at least one parent in the story) that make the story quirky, heartwarming and bittersweet.   Creech has found a way to discuss death and dying and grief and loss in a way that isn’t creepy but that is kind of introspective and sometimes humorous.  The stories are more about how the girl’s carry on with their lives that are quite unique.  In The Wanderer, the main character, Sophie, sails across the ocean with her uncles and cousins.  In Walk Two Moons, Sal rides across the country with her very odd, but loving, grandparents.

Naturally, in the end, each girl learns and grows from her journeys.  I guess you could say that the journeys they take are not only physical but spiritual, as well.  I really like how an active fantasy life helps the characters cope with their losses.

The main characters are not of any particular ethnicity, although Sal claims to be part Seneca Indian.  But, I like how every character in the stories are quirky and have their own problems (loss of a parent, loss of a job, parent remarrying) which some do well and some not so well.  It is these types of situations that feel like they fit the multicultural litmus test.

I give BOTH books 3 paws!