Walk Two Moons

By: Sharon Creech

Summary

Salamanca Tree-Hiddle is a 13 year old girl on a road trip from Bybanks, Kentucky to Euclid, Ohio. She goes on a road trip with her grandparents to find her mom and be there for her birthday. along the way Sal tells her grandparents the story of phoebe Winterbottom, who was one of Sals friends that she met when she and her dad moved to Euclid.

Thesis sentence: Foreshaddowing

Throughout the novel the author foreshadows and gives numerous clues to the unexpected ending of three of the characters.

Sal's mom died in a bus accident

Sal is going to leave for a road trip across the country. Gramps and Gram had multiple reasons they wanted to go on a road trip besides wanting to see the whole country. “Gram and Gramps wanted to see Momma who was resting peacefully in Lewiston, Idaho.” (Page 5) This passage gives the reader hints to tell us that Sal’s mom dies in a bus accident. She is resting in peace in Idaho and Sal wants to visit her moms grave by her birthday.

Sal and Phoebe are talking about what would happen if Mrs. Cadaver chopped up Sal’s dad and Phoebe asks Sal if she would go live with her mother. “’Yes I suppose I would go live with her.’ That was impossible and I knew it, but for some reason I could not tell Phoebe that, so I lied.” (Page 102) Sal doesn’t want to tell Phoebe that her mom is dead so she lies. Sal knows that this would be impossible because her mom is dead.

Mike is Mrs Winterbottoms son

The author uses clues to hint the readers that Mike Bickle is Mrs. Winterbottom’s son. One day Sal was at Phoebe’s house and a young man Sal guesses is about 18 shows up at the Winterbottom’s door. “I want to see Mrs. Winterbottom. Is she here or what?” (page 43) This passage is important and hints the readers that Mike is Mrs. Winterbottom’s son. Mike shows up at the Winterbottom’s door asking for Mrs. Winterbottom. He thinks that Mrs. Winterbottom is his birth mom and wants to find out. Phoebe assumes that he is a lunatic and warns Sal.


Sal and Phoebe go to look for Mike Bickle who Phoebe thinks is a lunatic who kidnapped her mom. They visit the university campus and see Mrs. Winterbottom kiss mikes cheek. “They were holding hands. She turned to him and kissed his cheek…. On the bench was Phoebe’s mother, and she was kissing the lunatic.” (Page 235) this is also an important passage because it hints the reader that mike could be Mrs. Winterbottom’s son. Mrs. Winterbottom was going to the university to visit Mike Bickle because he was her blood son. She went in private without telling anyone because she didn’t think her husband would like the fact that she had a child with someone else.

Gram's death

Grams death is foreshadowed in many different ways throughout this book. Sal and her grandparents are swimming in a river when Gram gets bit by a snake. “’It’s a water moccasin, isn’t it?’ she said. It’s a poisonous one, isn’t it?” The author uses this to hint the reader that Gram is going to die. The water moccasin is poisonous and Gram is immediately taken to the hospital and although Sal and Gramps thinks she is going to be ok, Gram knows that she is going to die.



Sal and her grandparents are on their way to Coeur d’ alene and Gram is sleeping peacefully but Sal and Gramps are listening to her shaky breathing. ‘’’Gramps,’ I whispered. ‘She looks a little gray, doesn’t she?’’ Gram is turning gray and her breathing is getting rattely. Sal and Gramps are starting to realize that Gram isn’t doing so well.

Conclusion

The author uses the clues mike is Mrs. Winterbottom’s son, Sal’s mom died in a bus accident and Grams death to help the reader foreshadow the end of the book. The author uses different foreshadowing clues to make it harder for the reader to figure out what will happen to the characters in the end.