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A Long Walk to Water

Based on a True Story

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Description

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 18, 2010 – Newbery Medalist Park's (The Single Shard) spare, hard-hitting novel delivers a memorable portrait of two children in Sudan one an 11-year-old Lost Boy, Salva, who fled in 1985 and later immigrated to the United States, and 11-year-old Nya, who collects water for her village in 2008. Park employs well-chosen details and a highly atmospheric setting to underscore both children's struggles to survive. Salva's journey is tragic and harrowing, as he's driven by attacking soldiers and braves hunger, shifting alliances among refugees, and the losses of a friend to a lion attack and his uncle to violent marauders. "The days became a never-ending walk," he reflects. Salva's narrative spans 23 years and highlights myriad hardships but not without hope, as he withstands the deprivations of refugee camps, leads 1,200 boys to Kenya, and eventually gains sanctuary in Rochester, N.Y., where he still lives (he also contributes an afterword). Briefer entries about Nya preface chapters about Salva, illustrating the daily realities and sacrifices of modern-day life in Sudan. The eventual connection of Salva and Nya's stories offers the promise of redemption and healing. Ages 10 up.

Customer Reviews

Awsome

I'm 13 and I really loved this book it took me 30 mins to finish it I couldn't put it down I was excited when I finally got the book and is very inspiring this Christmas I'm going over to Africa to bring toys to those in need I have started a foundation that supply's food for refuge camps in Kenya I give thus book. A++

A long walk to water

Until I read this book I really didn't know what it is like out in Sudan. All this time it's ben hidden from me and now I feel like I partly understand the misery and pain these innocent people go the on a weekly or daily basics. But to fix this problem the world needs more people like Salva who persevered and kept on going through the hardest times and took this huge problem and did it step by step. Or the girl who moved on with her life instead of staying back with the others complaining that their to tired. The people aren't stepping up so I think it's time someone should.

Reading for homework

This I have to say was the best book I ever read, it's very interesting and has so many exciting news that leaves you hanging ready to read the next chapter!

A Long Walk to Water
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  • $6.99
  • Level: Grades 5-7
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Culture, Places & People
  • Published: Oct 04, 2011
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 128 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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