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Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times best-selling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others.

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. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.

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"There have been several books about the lost boys of Sudan for adults, teens, and even for elementary-school readers. But [this] spare, immediate account, based on a true story, adds a stirring contemporary dimension. . . . Young readers will be stunned by the triumphant climax."  —Booklist, starred review

"[This] spare, hard-hitting novel delivers a memorable portrait of two children in Sudan. . . . Tragic and harrowing."— Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Two narratives intersect in a quiet conclusion that is filled with hope."—School Library Journal, starred review

"This powerful dual narrative packs suspense and introspection into Park''s characteristic spare description; while there are lots of details offered to the reader, they come not in long, prosaic lines but in simple, detached observations. Both Salva''s and Nya''s stories are told with brutal, simple honesty, and they deliver remarkable perspective on the Sudanese conflict. The novel''s brevity and factual basis makes the reality of life in Sudan very accessible, and readers will find both the story and the style extremely moving."—The Bulletin

"Park simply yet convincingly depicts the chaos of war and an unforgiving landscape. . . . A heartfelt account."—Kirkus Reviews

"Brilliant. . . . A touching narrative about strife and survival on a scale most American readers will never see."— Book Page

"Riveting."—The Horn Book

"[A] fast, page-turning read. . . . A great book for high school students and an important novel for young adults who enjoy learning about other world cultures."—VOYA

About the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard, the best-seller A Long Walk to Water, and the highly-praised novel Prairie Lotus. She has also written several acclaimed picture books and serves on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. She lives in western New York with her family. www.lindasuepark.com, Twitter: @LindaSuePark

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Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
In 2008 Nya has to walk a super long distance to get water for her family. Salva who is a refugee during the 1985 war has to make a long journey to find safety. Life is hard for them both in Sudan. The stories are 25 years apart but the book talks about how their stories... See more
In 2008 Nya has to walk a super long distance to get water for her family. Salva who is a refugee during the 1985 war has to make a long journey to find safety. Life is hard for them both in Sudan. The stories are 25 years apart but the book talks about how their stories intersect. It is good for grades 3+,age 8+ and family and also people who like historical fiction.It is also good to learn about the importance of water. It saves lives,helps people, and brings us together by giving water to help them to lead a good life. I recommend this book because it has good examples of leadership. It is so different than any other book I have read. It is the kind of book that sucks you in then you slow down to savor it.
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Great Exposure for 10 Year Olds
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
My grandson read the book then told his mom and me about it; asked us to read it. Very seldom does he do that but this touched him enough to cause him to speak up about it. The story was simple and presented the hardships encounted around such a basic human need - water. By... See more
My grandson read the book then told his mom and me about it; asked us to read it. Very seldom does he do that but this touched him enough to cause him to speak up about it. The story was simple and presented the hardships encounted around such a basic human need - water. By also lightly describing the impact of war and other dangers in the area, a child would be exposed to this information. Questions are raised that allow parent-child interaction and help to teach our children to be socially aware and that you can have an impact on the lives of others as Salva Dut did/does. A simple well to supply water for lives and the social, educational, and economical changes that result when there is access to a good, clean, abundant supply. Excellent.
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This was a beautiful story of hard work and determination and perseverance in ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2017
This was a beautiful story of hard work and determination and perseverance in the face of evil and overwhelming adversity and hardships. I have not read a book in a very long time that motivated me to care deeply about global issues, but this book stirred in me a desire to... See more
This was a beautiful story of hard work and determination and perseverance in the face of evil and overwhelming adversity and hardships. I have not read a book in a very long time that motivated me to care deeply about global issues, but this book stirred in me a desire to help others.
At the beginning of the book, it was a bit confusing trying to understand how the two stories connected. But by the end of the book, the way that the author weaves the two stories of Nya and Salva together is incredibly powerful and moving.
The author writes beautifully, using vivid imagery and robust descriptions that make the characters and situations easy to relate to even though most of us have never had to experience such hardships. The author was careful not to be too graphic in his storytelling which helps to make this story accessible to both younger and older readers.
This story teaches lessons of compassion and perseverance and courage. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It provides an incredible perspective on the definition of a hard life and is an inspirational read.
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Great read aloud family book
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2017
I read this aloud to my Chinese born, American raised kids and amidst the grumbling over "Mom''s teaching us again", came a sudden moment of silence, and then "Mom, please read, ". And then the conversations started. This is a beautifully told story, at times horrifying sad,... See more
I read this aloud to my Chinese born, American raised kids and amidst the grumbling over "Mom''s teaching us again", came a sudden moment of silence, and then "Mom, please read, ". And then the conversations started. This is a beautifully told story, at times horrifying sad, but it''s one that our privileged American tweens need to hear. The parallel story lines are fascinating, and the understanding of tribal cultures and each child''s place in their tribe are fascinating. We will pay it forward by donating to Salva''s nonprofit organization. What an amazing accomplishment. Thank you.
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Must Be An Excellent Book
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2016
This was for my 7th grade son was assigned to read in school. This was the first book my son had ever finished, talked about and even read note than he was assigned to do. My son is dyslexic which makes reading a book laborious or even impossible. I bought the feature that... See more
This was for my 7th grade son was assigned to read in school. This was the first book my son had ever finished, talked about and even read note than he was assigned to do. My son is dyslexic which makes reading a book laborious or even impossible. I bought the feature that reads it to him which he loved and made it more interesting since they had music and the reader used different voices for each character. It also highlighted the words as it read and for words that are hard it give the definition. Amazing it opens up a whole new world for struggling readers.
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A beautiful story told in a beautiful way.
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2014
I decided to read this book after I finished reading another book written by Linda Park (See Saw Girl). As a 5th grade reading teacher, I sometimes struggle with my recommendations for interesting historical fiction/non-fiction selections - most especially when... See more
I decided to read this book after I finished reading another book written by Linda Park (See Saw Girl). As a 5th grade reading teacher, I sometimes struggle with my recommendations for interesting historical fiction/non-fiction selections - most especially when recommending to my students who typically aren''t interested in those two genres.

I found See Saw girl to be a very quick read with "friendly" writing for those who just aren''t into history. It''ll be my book to "hook" them into the genre. A Long Walk to Water, in my personal opinion, would be the next step up for these students because of the way in which the author chose to write the story.

The story is told in first-person narrative by two different characters AND the story takes place during two different periods of time in Sudan. The two stories flip back and forth with each chapter. Never did I find the two stories confusing or difficult to keep up with.

SALVA is a Sudan boy who, when gunfire breaks out while he''s at school, is forced to go on the run due to the civil war - leaving his family behind. The story focuses on the heart wrenching details of his journey.

Nya is a young girl whose story takes place several years after that of Salva. Also a child living in Sudan, Nya''s job is to make a very long, daily (sometimes more than once) journey to fetch water for their family.

All the time I was reading, I knew that at some point Salva and Nya''s lives and/or story would intersect. And, in the end, it did! But it wasn''t until the very end was I able to figure out how their life story would intersect.

Although the challenges these two characters face will pull at your heart strings, the author has put in just enough detail without being too graphic for young readers.

This is a beautiful story that definitely deserves its place on my classroom bookshelf. I cannot wait to share it with all my students. And, I''m anxious to read another book by Linda Park.
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Touching and Beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2018
I was hesitant to read this story, even months after purchasing it, because it seems most stories written about Africa broadcast it in a negative light. So after scrolling through my Kindle collection I lingered on this story again and decided to plunge in. I wish I''d read... See more
I was hesitant to read this story, even months after purchasing it, because it seems most stories written about Africa broadcast it in a negative light. So after scrolling through my Kindle collection I lingered on this story again and decided to plunge in. I wish I''d read it sooner. I wondered throughout the story at what point would I have given up, let hopelessness and despair suck me under. I wondered could I be as brave and selfless as Salva. I''d like to think I could. While I mourned for Salva for the loss of his brothers, his uncle, and his childhood, I rejoiced in his perseverance, his dedication, the friendships, and the love he discovered along his journey.
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Virginia Kay
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Powerful story, great for Book Club or Classroom!
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
I just lead a 5th and 6th grade language arts class through a unit on this book. We all enjoyed the material. The topics are intense, but presented in an approachable way. The vocabulary is easy for most readers to understand. It is short enough that challenged readers... See more
I just lead a 5th and 6th grade language arts class through a unit on this book. We all enjoyed the material. The topics are intense, but presented in an approachable way. The vocabulary is easy for most readers to understand. It is short enough that challenged readers are not scared away.
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Poorly written book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2020
I bought this book based on so many good reviews. I am very surprised that so many people think this is a good book. The subject of people suffering in war is, of course, relevant, however, the book is written in a dry language and does not evoke any feelings. It is...See more
I bought this book based on so many good reviews. I am very surprised that so many people think this is a good book. The subject of people suffering in war is, of course, relevant, however, the book is written in a dry language and does not evoke any feelings. It is basically a summary of events rather than a story. I would not recommend this book.
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The Best Book we as a family read this year! Have to skip a couple scary parts for the younger ones
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2019
This book is a winner! We''ve searched high and low for something modern and environmental/social and this fit the bill. We read it over a couple weeks and we as a family couldn''t wait each night to read it and were emotional at many points along the way. Highly recommended.See more
This book is a winner! We''ve searched high and low for something modern and environmental/social and this fit the bill. We read it over a couple weeks and we as a family couldn''t wait each night to read it and were emotional at many points along the way. Highly recommended.
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Very moving story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 10, 2020
This is an extraordinary true story. Do look up the main character on youtube to hear him speak about his life, and donate to his charity drilling wells in South Sudan.
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Beautifully written poignant short story for children
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2015
Great for age 9-99! Especially poignant with regard to the present refugee crisis this book is a one day compelling read for children (although worth it for adults to read too when the children have finished).
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A beautiful and moving story - it opens your eyes to ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2016
A beautiful and moving story - it opens your eyes to the extremes and hardships that some children go through just because of where they are born.
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A sale Long Walk to Water: Based high quality on a True Story online

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