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Sharon Creech: Criticism and Reviews

Walk Two Moons reviewed by Dina Elnaggar for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Walk Two Moons is reviewed by Carol Hurst, nationally-known storyteller, lecturer, author and language arts consultant.

Judging Authors by the Color of Their Skin?: Quality Native American Children's Literature. MELUS, Summer, 2002, by Michelle Pagni Stewart.

Sharon Creech's web site has a section where Creech describes her books, talks about her inspiration for writing them, and offers "tidbits" of extra material of interest.

Additional criticism and review of Sharon Creech's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

Absolutely Normal Chaos.
Critic: Frances Bradburn.
Booklist 92, no. 3 (1 October 1995): 313.

"Mary Lou Finney is an absolutely normal 13-year-old living in a delightfully normal -- albeit rather large -- family during an absurdly normal summer of growing up (in Absolutely Normal Chaos). The assignment to keep a journal during this summer vacation allows Mary Lou the privilege of documenting…"

"Angst, Adventure and Bad Teen Dreams."
Critic: Naomi Lewis.
Observer no. 10580 (24 July 1994): 18.

Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech, is a really satisfying book -- funny, poignant, cunning in the unravelling of its mysteries. No point in cheating by looking at the end: you must meet it when it comes. It's worth the journey."

Walk Two Moons.
Critic: Kristi Beavin.
Horn Book Magazine 74, no. 3 (May-June 1998): 371.

"In outline, this is the saddest of stories: a child on a quest that is both unrealistic and impossible -- to bring home her dead mother and somehow reclaim the life she has lost. But it is also a laugh-out-loud portrait of a pair of eccentric grandparents whom 'trouble just naturally followed...like a filly trailing behind a mare.'…"

"Creating People Who Are Quirky and Kind."
Critics: Sharon Creech and Hollis Lowery-Moore.
Teacher Librarian 28, no. 4 (April 2001): 54-6.

"In this interview, "Lowery-Moore and Creech examine the author's approach to writing. Creech, winner of the Newbery Award for Walk Two Moons, uses her family and her experiences to craft her stories of teens searching for self and place…"

Pleasing the Ghost.
Critic: Children's Review Book Service.
Children's Review Book Service 25, no. 1 (September 1996): 10-11.

"Dennis is a pretty normal nine-year-old boy, except that he has been visited by ghosts of departed family and friends…."

Pleasing the Ghost.
Critic: Mary Jo Drungil.
Source: School Library Journal 42, no. 11 (November 1996): 104.

"A disappointing tale about a boy led on a treasure hunt by a ghost…"

Chasing Redbird.
Critic: Publishers Weekly.
Publishers Weekly 244, no. 3 (20 January 1997): 403.

"…Creech weaves an affecting tale of love and loss… Zinnia Taylor, the third of seven children, is shaken by her aunt's recent death; although the doctor attributed it to diabetes, the 13-year-old feels sure that a prank she pulled was the real cause…"

Chasing Redbird.
Critic: Reading Teacher.
Reading Teacher 52, no. 1 (September 1998): 65.

"Chasing Redbird, by Sharon Creech, is really an unwitting search by 13-year-old Zinny Taylor to find out who she is and why she doesn't feel connected with her large, rambunctious family…"

Chasing Redbird.
Critic: Pamela J. Dunston.
Reading Teacher 52, no. 3 (November 1998): 276.

"Thirteen-year-old Zinny Taylor discovers a mysterious trail of historic significance that begins on her family's farm in Kentucky. As she works throughout the summer to clear the trail from beginning to end, Zinny embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns that the mysteries of the trail are connected to…"

Critic: Publishers Weekly.
Publishers Weekly 245, no. 29 (20 July 1998): 220.

"A light first-person narrative (Bloomability) and some insightful dream flashes (taken from the protagonist's journal) convey an uprooted 13 year-old's coming of age…"

Critic: John Peters.
Booklist 95, no. 2 (15 September 1998): 226, 230.

"As is her wont, Creech sends readers along on a thoughtful young character's life-changing odyssey (Bloomability). Having lived in 13 states in 12 years, Domenica Santolina Doone, Dinnie for short, has been traveling all her life; but it's still a shock when her parents suddenly hand her over to…"

Critic: Peg Solonika.
School Library Journal 44, no. 10 (October 1998): 132, 135.

"This honest, hopeful slice of adolescent life (Bloomability) successfully explores how Domenica Santolina Doone, known as Dinnie, comes to terms with her past and establishes a secure identity for the future…"

Critic: Alice F. Stern.
Voice of Youth Advocates 21, no. 6 (February 1999): 431-32.

"Thirteen-year-old Dinnie has spent much of her life moving from place to place as her father chases his dreams. As the novel (Bloomability) opens, Dinnie's older sister is pregnant at age sixteen and her brother is in jail. Dinnie's mother, hoping to save Dinnie from a similar fate, arranges to have…"

Fishing in the Air.
Critic: Publishers Weekly.
Publishers Weekly 247, no. 28 (10 July 2000): 63.

"In an inspired pairing, Creech and (Chris) Raschka combine their considerable talents for this poignant exploration of the ties that bind one generation to another (in Fishing in the Air). Creech (The Wanderer) sets the stage for a father-son fishing expedition that's about much more than catching supper…"

Fishing in the Air.
Critic: Louise L. Sherman.
School Library Journal 46, no. 9 (September 2000): 193.

"A father and son go fishing to 'catch the air' and to 'catch the breeze' and readers see some of the many threads that connect the generations in this poetic story…"

Fishing in the Air.
Critic: GraceAnne A. DeCandido.
Booklist 97, no. 5 (1 November 2000): 546.

"A delirious verbal build-up a la 'This is the house that Jack built' is matched by the calligraphic exuberance of images inspired by Chagall and Picasso (in Fishing in the Air). A boy and his father go fishing, a journey to a 'secret place' to 'catch the air ... and catch the breeze!'…"

"A Brave Girl Sailing Out on the Wild, Blue Sea."
Critic: Enicia Fisher.
Christian Science Monitor 92, no. 129 (25 May 2000): 20.

"… Like her Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, The Wanderer stars a girl who embarks on a courageous journey (literal and metaphorical, of course) and reconciles herself to a mysterious event of the past…"

A Fine, Fine School.
Critic: Kirkus Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 69, no. 12 (15 June 2001): 862-63.

"School can be peachy, but that doesn't mean time away from school isn't just as valuable, which is the lesson Principal Keene has to learn in this charming story of a school administrator utterly rapt in his job…."

A Fine, Fine School.
Critic: Publishers Weekly.
Publishers Weekly 248, no. 30 (23 July 2001): 75.

"Given current battles over standardized testing and summer sessions, this timely story about extended schooling touches a nerve with a kindly delivery. The tale centers on Mr. Keene, a good-intentioned but zealous principal, and Tillie, a studious girl who spends free time…"

A Fine, Fine School.
Critic: Ilene Cooper.
Booklist 97, no. 22 (August 2001): 2116.

Mr. Keene, the principal of a fine, fine school, just loves to see his students learning. So happy is Mr. Keene, he calls an assembly, proclaims his pride, and gives an order…"

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