Walk Two Moons Judgements

By:Carl Smith


Sharon Creech's Novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13-year-old girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle. Sal goes on a road trip with her grandparents to Lewiston, Idaho, along the way she divulges the story of Phoebe.


Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses judgements to show how appearances and actions do not show the whole story.

Judgment 1:Mrs. Cadaver

One of many quick judgments made by Phoebe was thinking that Mrs. Cadaver, with the help of Mr. Birkway, murdered her husband. The first time she mentions this is in chapter 4."Have you ever wonder happened what happened to Mr. Cadaver, well I think I know what happened"(Creech 24). Another instance in which this occurs is chapter 32."I am very concerned with Mrs. huh... Corpse, her suspicious behavior suggests she has murdered her own husband"(Creech 216). The fact that Phoebe thinks this without even knowing anything about Mrs. Cadaver shows she is incredibly judgmental. The second quote helps prove that this was not a one time thought. It is through the use of these judgments that Sharon Creech shows appearances can be misleading.

Judgment 2: Mike Bickle

Among the many judgments made by Phoebe and Sal the misjudgment of Mike Bickle was one of the most notable. We first hear of this in the very beginning of the book. "Is Mrs. Winterbottom your moher? I would like to speak with her"(Creech 43). We hear further judgments at page 249."Why were they kissing? Are they in love?"(Creech 249). The first passagge trigered the assumption that Mike was a lunatic. The second passage was a misguided attempt to explain what Phoebe's mother was doing and why. Without judgments like these to add further depth and meaning to the story, it would be a very boring book.