A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Salva Dut, an eleven year old boy, lives in southern Sudan, in the Dinka tribe. A revolutionary war rages throughout the country, and on one very sad day, the war hits his home village while he is at school and he gets separated from his family. He has no choice to walk away from the fighting with a group of unknown people, and from there he runs into numerous obstacles and barriers, but he also triumphs in small ways.
Linda Sue Park makes this a dual novel, adding in the story of a young girl named Nya, her family, and their troubles with water in 2007 – while Salva and his journey starts 1985.
Do not be fooled into thinking that this is a beginner’s read by it’s length of 115 pages. It is a quick read, but it is a boom that makes you keep thinking about it for days after, especially after the very special and fitting ending.
Based on Salva Dut’s real story, Linda Sue Park makes you think and think and think. I hope you read this incredible novel.
Linda Sue Park’s Website is here: www.lindasuepark.com. Ms. Park is a writer of a few different types of books, and you can view them all in the ‘books’ section of that website!