Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The new book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is about the struggles of two children living at two different times in Southern Sudan. It is a dual narrative telling the story of two kids named Nya and Salva. Salva is a young boy living in 1985. He is sitting in school when his school and the surrounding area were attacked by rebel soldiers. He escapes into the brush and begins a long dangerous journey across his war torn country to get to the refugee center. The refugee center is closed down as the Ethiopian government is on the brink of collapse. He then makes yet another journey to Kenya where he is chosen to go to America. There he discovers the location of his father that he lost over twenty years ago. He then returns to America and begins to find ways to help the people of Sudan. Nya is a young girl living in 2008. She must walk for 8 hours a day in order to bring home water for her family. That is until a group of men come to her village. They built a well and Nya would never have to walk hours for water again, and it was all because of Salva and his efforts to help the people of Sudan.

I would suggest this book to everyone. This book is a very fast read and I couldn’t put it down. It was a nonfiction book that was a duel narrative, which made the book interesting. I usually don’t like dual narrative or reading non-fiction stories for entertainment, but this book was really interesting. I think it teaches a great lesson. It teaches that no matter who you are and where you come from you can make a difference, just as Salva helped Nya and her village. Even though he spent a big part of his childhood in refugee camp, he was still able to make a difference in the lives of many people.

~Alexis, Teen Book Reviewer

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