Form and Content

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

Walk Two Moons is a story within a story. Salamanca Tree Hiddle entertains her unique and charming grandparents on a trip from Ohio to Idaho with the story of Phoebe Winterbottom. Sal’s story about her experiences with Phoebe is intermingled with her first-person narrative of the trip’s events. Sharon Creech presents a deeply moving story told in a simple, straightforward fashion liberally sprinkled with picturesque phrases.

Sal’s mother left their farm in Bybanks, Kentucky, in April; a short time later, they learned that she is never returning. Unable to bear the memories that the farm evoked, Sal’s father moves them to a small house in Euclid, Ohio, where he sells farm machinery and, to Sal’s resentment, spends much of his spare time with his friend Margaret Cadaver. Phoebe Winterbottom, Margaret’s next-door neighbor, soon becomes Sal’s friend and confidante. Later that year, Sal’s grandparents arrive to take her by car from Euclid to Lewiston, Idaho, where her mother is “resting peacefully.” As they begin the trip, Gram Hiddle asks Sal to entertain them with a story, so Sal spins the “extensively strange story” of Phoebe Winterbottom.

Phoebe’s very ordered life with her highly respectable family begins to change the day that a strange young man appears on their doorstep. He asks to see her mother, who has gone shopping. Phoebe, who has been warned about strangers, is convinced that he is a lunatic, and,...

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

A journey through loss and grief, from childhood to adolescence, from one home to another, are represented by the setting of Walk Two...

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Literary Qualities

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The humor and sensitivity in which the author reveals a young girl's search for life without her mother makes for a poignant story. Although...

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Social Sensitivity

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At first the novel seems to be about living without a parent because the parent has chosen to leave the family. This is certainly the case...

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Topics for Discussion

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1. Sal refers to Phoebe's story as being "like the plaster wall in our old house in Bybanks, Kentucky." Explain this statement.


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Ideas for Reports and Papers

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1. The Winterbottoms receive messages throughout the story. Although the sender of the messages has no purpose other than fun, the messages...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

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Creech has four other books that include adolescent heroines and heroes who are coming of age. In Absolutely Normal Chaos (1995) Mary...

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For Further Reference

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Creech, Sharon, "Newbery Medal Acceptance." Boston, MA: Horn Book, (July/August, 1995). Articles feature the author's acceptance...

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