Walk Two Moons by Sharon CreechHow about a story? Spin us a yarn.
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. I could tell you an extensively strange story, I warned.
Oh, good! Gram said. Delicious!
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.
As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebes outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.
In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.
Walk Two Moons
In the car, they are headed west to find Sal's mother in time for her mother's birthday. Over the course of the trip, Sal tells her grandparents about her friend Phoebe's own missing mother. As you can see, there are lots of delicious stories wrapped inside of other delicious stories here. But let's rewind a bit and give you some background information. Sal is a thirteen- year-old farm girl from Bybanks, Kentucky. Her mom recently left her and her dad, and we don't know why.
Sal believes her father is romantically involved with Margaret, but she later discovers that is not the case. Sal is the only child of John and Sugar. She is apparently struggling with personal issues, including the fact that she is unable to have more children, and the journey seems to be one of self-discovery. Sugar is in Idaho when the bus she is riding runs off a cliff, killing everyone on board except Margaret. Once in Ohio, Sal becomes friends with a girl in her class named Phoebe Winterbottom. As they set out on their trip, Gram and Gramps suggest Sal entertain them by telling a story.
All rights reserved. She's full of vim and vigor, and according to her Gramps, she's "a country girl at heart" 1. We learn that she is a thirteen-year-old from Bybanks, Kentucky. Bybanks is on the Ohio River , and it sounds pretty awesome. About a year ago, her dad "plucked" her from Bybanks and took her miles north to the town of Euclid, Ohio.
Chapters 4 to 6: We Meet Phoebe Winterbottom and her Family
Walk Two Moons, a young adult novel by Sharon Creech, tells the story of Salamanca Hiddle and her journey across the United States with her grandparents, to visit the place where her mother died. Along the way, Sal tells her grandparents the story of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom, a story which has some striking parallels to her own situation. This is a novel about being thirteen, coming to terms with loss and about how we can learn by trying to understand the experience of others. It is also an entertaining, humorous and touching story of travel and discovery. A Face at the Window. We meet the heroine, Salamanca or Sal, a thirteen year old girl, who narrates the story in the first person. She tells us that she grew up in Bybanks, a small town in rural Kentucky.
The thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle begins her narration of the novel with a flashback to the moment when she and her father first moved to Euclid, Ohio from their farm in Bybanks, Kentucky. Salamanca Sal for short is horrified when she sees the small, cookie-cutter houses pressed up against each other and realizes how different this place is from their the farm, with its trees, swimming hole, wide-open spaces, cows, and chickens. Her alarm increases when she sees Margaret Cadaver, a friend of her father's who helped him find a job in Euclid. Sal begins to panic as her father urges her out of the car and into Margaret's house. In her consternation, she scans the houses around her and spots a small face in an upstairs window.