Salamanca Tree Hiddle is thirteen years old. After her mother leaves without any warning, Sal and her father move from their rural home to the city of Euclid, Ohio.
Sal will embark on a wonderful journey with her grandparents, traveling from Ohio to Idaho by car, retracing her mother’s footsteps. Sal has in mind to bring her mother back home, despite her father’s warning that she will not succeed. During the journey, Sal will narrate the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, a peculiar friend she met in Euclid, who had also lost her mother. Most importantly, in this trip, Sal will rediscover herself through storytelling …
In summary, it is the story of the heartfelt search of a girl and her feelings while looking for her mother.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book even if it is a little sad. It is an entertaining book with a captivating and heartbreaking story. It brings out strong emotions of sadness and hope. We get immersed into Sal’s quest to find her mother and through this, we realize the importance of family… Furthermore, as a young person, it is also valuable to see how a child can overcome a significant hardship in her life.
In brief, it is a remarkable story about the determination of a child to reunite her family that I endlessly enjoyed. I had the choice to read it for school, and am very happy I did!
Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Release Date: 1994
Author: Sharon Creech
Publishing House: Scholastic