A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

byLinda Sue Park

Paperback | June 1, 2012

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A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan 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.
Linda Sue Park received the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard . In addition to novels, she has written picture books and poetry for young readers. Before turning to children's books, she worked as a journalist, a food critic, and a teacher of English as a second language. She lives with her family in Rochester, New York.
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Title:A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.63 × 7.68 × 0.39 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547577311

ISBN - 13:9780547577319

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Wonderful story to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I LOVED this book. I read it in a day and afterwards, shared it with my fifth grade students. I put a post it in the book on the page before things got really sad so a few of my girls skipped reading about the saddest part of the book but left loving the overall story. So worth reading and a book that really stays with you after you are done.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Weaves two stories together and is very easy to follow. Great for kids and adults too! Awesome read would highly recommend
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great social justice read for tweens This is a great novel that I use in my social justice unit with my students. The novel weaves two stories together, teaching readers about the plight of those living in Sudan during the 1980s and late 2000s. My students quite enjoy it and parents like that is helps to spur conversation (albeit sometimes challenging) about world history/events, war, and injustice.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lost 'Boys' of Sudan Excellent novel for kids 10+, about the lost children of Sudan. Moving, without being overwhelming. For those 13+, consider following up with a documentary or 'The Good Lie', with Reese Witherspoon (although this has an unfortunate and unnecessary scene with her in bed with a boyfriend - this can be skipped).
Date published: 2017-01-26

Editorial Reviews

There have been several books about the lost boys of Sudan for adults, teens, and even for elementary-school readers. But [this] spare, immediate account, based on a true story, adds a stirring contemporary dimension. . . . Young readers will be stunned by the triumphant climax." - Booklist, starred review "[This] spare, hard-hitting novel delivers a memorable portrait of two children in Sudan. . . . Tragic and harrowing."- Publishers Weekly, starred review "Two narratives intersect in a quiet conclusion that is filled with hope."- School Library Journal, starred review "This powerful dual narrative packs suspense and introspection into Park's characteristic spare description; while there are lots of details offered to the reader, they come not in long, prosaic lines but in simple, detached observations. Both Salva's and Nya's stories are told with brutal, simple honesty, and they deliver remarkable perspective on the Sudanese conflict. The novel's brevity and factual basis makes the reality of life in Sudan very accessible, and readers will find both the story and the style extremely moving."- The Bulletin "Park simply yet convincingly depicts the chaos of war and an unforgiving landscape. . . . A heartfelt account."- Kirkus Reviews "Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see."- Book Page "Riveting."- The Horn Book "[A] fast, page-turning read. . . . A great book for high school students and an important novel for young adults who enjoy learning about other world cultures."- VOYA "