Judgements in Walk Two Moons
by Emily Lovelady
In the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, a thirteen year old girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle is telling the story of her road trip with Gram and Gramps from Bybanks Kentucky to Lewiston Idaho and Phoebe and her disappearing mother. Phoebe and Sal become friends when Sal moves from Euclid to Lewiston, and they go on an adventure when Phoebe's mom mysteriously disappears.
Throughout the novel, Sal and Phoebe jump to conclusions about Mrs. Cadaver, Mr. Birkway, and Mike Bickle
Judgement 1- Mrs. Cadaver
One of the judgements that Sal and Phoebe make in Walk Two Moons is about Mrs. Cadaver. The girls believed that Mrs. Cadaver killed her husband, chopped him up, and buried him in the back yard. "I think maybe she killed Mr. Cadaver and chopped him up and buried him in the backyard." (p. 32 Creech). Mrs. Cadaver's husband really died in a car crash and Mrs. Cadaver was unfortunately the only nurse on duty. "Her husband died when a drunk driver rammed into his car. ... My sister Margret was the nurse on duty in the emergency room when they brought in her husband and our mother. Margret's husband died that night." (p. 218-219).
Judgement 2- Mike Bickle or "The Lunatic"
A second judgement made by Sal and Phoebe in Walk two Moons was about Mike Bickle or "The Lunatic". Phoebe and Sal thought he was a crazy axe murderer and a lunatic stalking Phoebe's house. "'Sal, do you detect any signs of lunacy? There doesn't appear to be any place he could be hiding a gun. His jeans are really tight. Maybe he has a knife tucked into his socks.'" (p. 43 Creech). Mike is really Mrs. Winterbottom's son. "'Mike is my son'" (p. 248).
Judgement 3- Mrs. Winterbottom
Another one of the judgements that Sal and Phoebe make in Walk Two Moons is about Mrs. Winterbottom. The girls think that she left the family because she was unhappy with the way she was living her life. "Do you think I lead a tiny life?" (p.88 Creech) What actually happened was she went to the nearby college were her son Mike was and that was why she left. 'George, I know you will think I am not- or was not- respectable, but I was before I met you, and I had to give him up for adoption and I could hardly bear to think of it and-' .... 'Mike found me, and at first I was frightened of what that would mean. I've lived such a tiny life-" (p 248 Creech)
In conclusion, Phoebe and Sal make many judgements before walking in Mrs. Cadaver's, Mrs. Winterbottom's, and Mike Bickle's moccasins.