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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story - Community Reviews back

by Linda Sue Park
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JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it 1 year ago
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...
Passionate about Books!
Passionate about Books! rated it 3 years ago
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...
BKHorne
BKHorne rated it 3 years ago
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,...
I'll think of a damn title later
I'll think of a damn title later rated it 4 years ago
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.
~WhimsyLibrarian~
~WhimsyLibrarian~ rated it 4 years ago
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.
Melinda's Life in Books
Melinda's Life in Books rated it 5 years ago
Amazing book! The way the two separate stories combine at the end brought years to my eyes. There are so many insights into the human spirit to be deemed from this book.
Book Notes from Liz
Book Notes from Liz rated it 5 years ago
Great book for our 7th graders to read as part of their world cultures studies.
EricaO
EricaO rated it 7 years ago
I read this in the same weekend I read Dragon Chica by Mai-Lee Chai. The two stories had a vaguely similar storyline - the tribulations of a child or young adult existing through and surviving after being caught up in a war.This book was roughly the third of the length of the other book and yet it w...
Manga Maniac Cafe
Manga Maniac Cafe rated it 7 years ago
Very moving read. One of the best books I have this year
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 7 years ago
Park has done a pretty amazing little trick here: she's managed to write a true account of a boy's efforts to survive during a war, with the horrors both expected and unexpected, and she's managed to write it in a way that doesn't elide the horror, but probably won't be too disturbing for the avera...
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