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Analysis

Literary Devices in Walk Two Moons

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

There are a LOT of symbols in this story. You'll probably notice way more than we come up with here. We love Mr. Birkway's explanation of how to understand a symbol, so we're kicking this discussio...

Setting

Settings abound! We get to explore lots of different landmarks in America through Sal. As a result, we get a kind of portrait of America (which we explore more fully in the "Themes" section of this...

Narrator Point of View

Salamanca Hiddle is our awesome narrator. She takes turns telling us about her road trip from Missouri to Idaho with Gram and Gramps and telling Gram and Gramps the story of Phoebe's missing mother...

Genre

Thirteen-year-old Sal heads out in search of her mother, and she learns how to live without her along the way. In this sense, you might say she grows up, because she's learning how to handle the to...

Tone

EmpatheticThrough all the intertwined, wacky stories going on in this book, we are constantly able to see Sal learning to have compassion with the people in her life. She walks two moons in many ot...

Writing Style

The Five SensesSal uses all five senses when she observes things. Yep, that's right: a country girl from a farm in Bybanks notices how things smell, taste, look, feel, and sound. Want a fun project...

What's Up With the Title?

What does it mean to walk a moon? And two moons? Planet Earth only has one moon, right? What the heck is going on here? Does this mean we need moon boots?Ever heard of that phrase, "to walk in some...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

"Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins."Have you ever heard of that phrase, "try to put yourself in someone else's shoes?" It basically means, "try to imagine what it mus...

What's Up With the Ending?

SPOILER ALERT!Beware of reading further if you haven't read this amazing book yet. The ending will blow your mind.Sharon Creech spent three years finishing this book (source). And that makes sense...

Tough-o-Meter

(2) Sea LevelDon't be fooled – there's a lot going on here. Humans are complicated, and this book is all about how complicated they can be. Two stories (and maybe even more) weave together here i...

Plot Analysis

We wouldn't argue you with you if you said that this book has two different plots to analyze. In fact, we wouldn't argue with you if you said that this book has many different plots to analyze! In...

Trivia

Just like Sal, Sharon Creech took a road trip from Ohio to Idaho when she was twelve years old. This is a bit of an autobiography then, huh? (Source.)Sharon Creech got into writing in 1987 when she...

Allusions

Howard Johnson Motel (7.10)Buckingham Palace (24.15)Big Ben (24.17)Mount Rushmore (28.12)The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (14.13)The Skull in the Hatchet (14.13)e.e. cummings' poem,...
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