Walk Two Moons Study Guide

Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons is a novel by Sharon Creech about Salamanca Hiddle and a story she tells her grandparents while on a road trip across the country. As they drive to Idaho, Sharon tells the story of her friends Phoebe, whose mother disappeared, and Ben, who becomes a close friend. Salamanca begins to identify with Phoebe's story and the themes of death, loss and women's identity crop up in both narratives.

The novel is narrated by a 13-year-old girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal). Sal's mother has recently left Sal's father, and Sal's grandparents are taking her on a cross-country car trip to Lewiston, Idaho to see her mother. Sal loves nature and was very close to her mother before she left. On the trip, Sal entertains her grandparents by telling a story about her friend in Euclid, Ohio, Phoebe Winterbottom, whose mother suddenly disappeared and left their family too, and about Ben Finney with whom Sal begins a tight relationship. Over the course of the book, as Sal's story unfolds and their car travels west, she reveals more details about Phoebe, and why her story reminds Salamanca of her own. The more she told her grandparents of Phoebe's story, the more she felt like her story is connected to Phoebe's story.

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