Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain's Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler. Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, "lured there by our grandchildren," Creech says. www.sharoncreech.com
Davis's expertly voiced and carefully measured reading helps foster understanding and enjoyment of a multilayered Newbery winner that challenges readers with multiple plot strands and shifting perspectives. Sal, yearning for her lost mother, relates a friend's harrowing tale to her grandparents while driving from Ohio to Idaho. The heartbreaking resolution of these intertwining mysteries is heightened by this sensitive performance. Standard: Students will draw conclusions based on explicit and implied information. Learning Activity: Track Sal's journey on a map of the United States and find one new fact to post on the map at each place she stops. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This story sings."--Booklist