A Newbery Award winner, this book deals with love, loss, and maturation. Salamanca Tree Hiddle entertains her grandparents on a trip to Lewiston, Idaho-a trip her mother once took and never returned from-with stories of her eccentric friend Phoebe, whose mother also disappeared. Sal is determined to find herself, if not her mother, on the trip. She looks to her beautifully intertwined stories and her Native American heritage for help.
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by Sharon Creech
"This Newbery Award-winning story tenderly intertwines threads of love, loss and growth. Thirteen-year-old Sal, journeying with Gram and Gramps to find her mother, tells the story of Phoebe, whose mother disappears and then returns. Eventually, Sal realizes that underneath Phoebe's story lies her own. Harper's insightful narration shows the depth of her relationship with the story and enhances its beauty. With warmth and awareness, she reveals Sal's deepest thoughts. Softly and tenderly, she shares Sal's memories of her mother. With sagacity and humor, she gives us Gram and Gramps. Listeners 12 years old and up will recognize this as a story that should be heard, not just read. R.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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