A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park
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.
Age Range: 10 - 12 years
Grade Level: 5 - 7
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
MY THOUGHTS: This was a really awesome book. How one person can find a way to help his country that is involved in Civil War. And how this one person can impact a little girl by the name of Nya. The person who helped Nya's village is Salva. Salva is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Nya walks to a pond for water everyday. It takes her half a day to get there. Salva has gone to America and gets an education. He finds his father and family years later. He wants to help them. Salva starts the ball rolling, gets the money and all the permits and the support he needs to drill wells. His family's village is the first well he drills. And soon after he is at Nya's village drilling a well. Now Nya doesn't have to walk half a day to get water. And now Nya can go to school. Salva's foundation is called Water for South Sudan. I give this book 5.....