Title: A Long Walk to Water
Author: Linda Sue Park
Genre: Contemporary / Historical
Based on a true story, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, will inspire you to make the world a better place. This is a story about people helping people. After I closed the book, I wanted to become a better kid.
Salva is an 11-year-old African boy in 1985, traveling by foot for 1800 miles to escape the war raging in his country of Sudan. He and his fellow refugees face many horrible challenges, including murderous soldiers, days without food, savage lions, and bloodthirsty crocodiles.
Nya is an 11-year-old girl living in Sudan in 2008. She walks every day for hours to fetch water for her family who desperately needs the water to drink and use. Their lives depend on it. The water is nasty, muddy, and filled with germs, but it is the only water they can get. She and the other kids in her village cannot attend school because they spend all day collecting this unclean water.
Even though Salva and Nya are from different tribes, they join together for something everyone needs: water. The author brings Salva’s and Nya’s stories together in a heartwarming ending.