A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 15th 2010
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
A Long Walk to Water is the simplified and fictionalized story of Salva Dut, one of the "Lost Boys" of the Sudanese civil war of the 1980's. His story of survival is interwoven with the story of Nya, a young girl in a Southern Sudanese village without a reliable water source in 2008. A Long Wal...
I read this book mainly because my son had to read it for school, so I read it with him. Water. We have it in such abundance that we often take it for granted. In this story, told in two narratives, one set in 2008 and the other in 1985, we have Nya, who has to walk for eight hours every day, twic...
Though it be but little it is fierce, is a good description for this book. It isn't lengthy, it moves at a rapid pace and it doesn't provide flowery detail or tons of verbage. This story is short and to the point. Initially I wondered how much impact such a short book, with such forthright language,...
An absolutely beautiful story that brought tears to my eyes. Outstanding. I'm so happy to see this listed as a Battle of the Books read in my community, as I think this is an excellent read for all ages.
I feel this is the younger version of What is the What by Dave Eggers. The switching narratives were great to hold the attention span of middle school children and the cliff-hangers are sure to be nerve-wracking.