Saturday, October 11, 2014

31 Days of Writing: Blackberry Kisses & Sharon Creech

In sixth grade, Mrs. Zabel read us Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons over the course of several weeks. We would come in after lunch and recess, sit & listen as the story unfolded. I had always been a reader, but I remember falling in love with Salamanca and her story. I remember being so invested in the story and feeling like something was legitimately different after the story was finished. I will never forget the way I felt when we finished the book. I was one person at the beginning and I came out on the other side completely different. 

I have since read every book Sharon Creech has written and while I have loved most of them (Chasing Redbird, The Wanderer Bloomability are other favorites), Walk Two Moons is still in my top 5 favorite books of all time.  I love Sharon Creech because she doesn't patronize kids and she truly understands what it's like to be a child. Creech's characters feel things & experience things that are so real and at times heartbreaking. Their lives aren't perfect and they don't always understand why things happen the way they do and for this reason, it's easy to relate to them. She writes forgiveness & redemption in a way that have always appreciated and that has always stuck with me. 

As a girl, I appreciated that Creech wrote about girls that were far from perfect but were still excellent role models. They were strong and smart but vulnerable. I found myself identifying with so many of her characters & the situations they found themselves in. I can honestly say that Sharon Creech helped to make me into the person that I am today. 

If you haven't read any of Sharon Creech's books, I urge you to head down to your local library and check one out. You will not be disappointed. 

Walk Two Moons

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