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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.

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on November 15, 2010 by Clarion Books
ISBN-10: 0547251270
ISBN-13: 9780547251271
94 Book Reviews
  • wolfy_blue
    wolfy_blue5 months
    This book seems interesting.
    • wanmeideta
      wanmeideta6 months33 stars
      I like this book but if i have to be honest i wouldn't read it again, I think this books shows just how much some people like Salva have to walk so far get to water and people like most of us who can get water by just walking to a kitchen or water fountain. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because it really teaches us the meaning of hard work and appreciation, but (i could be that my english sucks) the ending didn't make much sense. I do recommend people read it, I think this book would be best for middle school students though.
      • shaodo2021
        shaodo20219 months55 stars
        Visualise yourself in school, when fighter jets start attacking your village. You’re forced to leave into the bush, to escape all the mayhem. You spend years running away from the fighting, and trying to survive. The book “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Parker is a great representation of this. A boy named Salva Dut is in school, when his village falls under attack. He rushes into the deserts of Africa to stay away from the fighting. After a couple years of walking, he finds a refugee camp in Kenya, Africa. There is a 6 year time skip, when the Kenya camp is forced to shut down. Salva and a group of people leave back into the deserts of Africa once again. While crossing the Nile river, many of the group die by the mouths of alligators. Salva soon becomes the leader of the group, which is now known as “The Lost Boys”. The lost boys soon come across another refugee camp. Salva meets a man who helps teach him to read and write in English. A rumor starts to spread, about the leaders of the camp bringing people to America, Salva is one of them. He gets on a plane that brings him to NYC, to meet his new family. Salva goes to college, and lives like he’s been there his whole life, until he gets an email. This email said that there’s a chance Salva’s real father is still alive. Salva flies to South Sudan, and visits the hospital his father is currently in. He learns his father got sick due to waterborne diseases. When Salva returns to NYC, he starts his non-profit organization, which is now known as “Water for South Sudan”. Want to know what happens next? Then I’d definitely start reading this book; it’s full of adventure and drama; so if you like that type of story, this book is perfect for you. I’d recommend this book for grades 5+.
        • Megan McGann10 months
          I love this book and this really helped me with my book report. Thanks!😃👍🏼
          • oataris11 months
            "keep walking. One foot at a time. Left, right, left, right. Just survive to Ethiopia."​ This book is the real storie and the struggles of the life of Salva, and his journeys across the world as one of the Lost Boys.​ This book, written by Linda Sue Park -the author of many books, one of which has gotten her the Newberry Medal, and A Long Walk To Water earning her the New York Times Bestseller title.​ Although the book has 18 chapters it is a pretty quick and easy read, with a age range veered more towards grade 5/6+. I say this because although there are some gruesome events many others are glossed over, such as the starvation and thirst while on and throughout the walk of the Lost Boys .  As discussed many gruesome events happened that were not incorperated into the book, but it was still full of action and despair. the book follows the real life of Salva and the made up storie of Nya- who could be a real person.... I would recommend this book because I really enjoyed it and it is a very inspiring storie that also has a tedtalk to go with it if you would rather listen than read.
            • oatharis
              oatharis11 months44 stars
              I Gave it four stars because I really enjoyed a lot of various parts of the book even though it was a different kind of story then I am used to me still enjoyed it a lot. I really liked the character progression and the different elements of how the story went from one end of the pool strait to the other in a matter of a couple chapters. It was truly I book that wanted me to read more after reading a chapter, but I followed regimen and kept to only reading 1 – 2 chapters which made It last longer, but it was worth it. Overall, I really enjoyed the book it is like nothing I have ever read before but even because of that it still was excellent.
              • meowlody
                meowlodyabout 1 year55 stars
                Determined survivors will survive. This story has two main characters, Nya and Salva who are determined to survive.
                • willow123goma
                  willow123gomaover 1 year44 stars
                  This book was rather short, but extremely captivating. It is told by the perspectives of two people: A desperate Sudanese refugee, and a girl who suffers in a village where she must walk the entire day back and forth just to obtain water. This was an amazing book with an beautiful ending! I loved it!
                  • red243over 1 year
                    im going to read it right now
                    • Busy guy over 1 year
                      It sounds fun,now it is next on my reading list.📖📚😀