Author: Linda Sue Park
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Reading Level: 12- 15
In 1985, eleven year old Salva is at school in Sudan when he hears an explosion and the men with guns attack his village. His teacher tells the boys to run away and that is what Salva does. He spends the next six years, along with thousands of boys ,walking to try and find safety in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. The boys encounter danger at every turn and many die along the way.
In 2008, eight year old Nya walks back and forth for eight hours a day to a pond to fetch water for her family. Often the water is dirty but that is the only water available to them.
A Long Walk to Water is the amazing story of these two young people and their struggle to make a better life. Readers will be surprised and filled with hope as the two stories come together in a brilliant, astonishing climax. The book is based on a true story and you will learn much about the real Salva and his adventures coming to the United States.
A Long Walk to Water was our Family Book Club choice for June, 2015.