"Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins."
Salamanca Tree Hiddle, 13, went on a road trip with her grandparents from Ohio to Idaho to trace the path her mother took when she left them over a year ago. Hurry, hurry, rush, rush. Sal hoped to reach Idaho on her mother's birthday and bring her home. Along the way, to calm her nerves and to entertain her grandparents, Sal told them stories about Phoebe Winterbottom,
"a girl who had a powerful imagination, who would become my friend, and who would have many peculiar things happen to her."
And peculiar they were. First there were the mysterious notes on Phoebe's doorsteps, then the appearance of the lunatic, and the case of her missing mother. Phoebe was certain her red-haired neighbour had something to do with her mother's disappearance. The worst thing was, that red-haired neighbour and Sal's father were getting closer, closer, and closer every day. (In fact, she was part of the reason why they had moved to Ohio.)
As Sal told Phoebe's story, the truth about her own missing mother was also revealed layer by layer, and unforeseen danger threatened the journey she was on with her grandparents.
Walk Two Moons is about going away on literal and metaphorical journeys to look for someone, to walk in her shoes, to try to understand her sorrows and need to leave, to bring her back in the way you could bring yourself back, and to leave her there just as you could leave the past in the past and move on with it. It is about being sad. It is about acceptance, discovery, young love, fear, holding on, letting go, wild imagination, and honest recollections.
It's always easy to judge a person, and not easy at all to walk in their moccasins, huh?
Updates on the short story I've been reworking: it was written, revised and submitted to a contest. A load off my chest! And the critique for a fellow-writer's manuscript is done, too. Moving on to other writing/publishing work and teaching. What have you been up to, my lovelies?
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Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.