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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Linda Sue Park


"The war had started two years earlier. Salva did not understand much about it, but he knew that rebels from the southern part of Sudan, where he and his family lived, were fighting against the government, which was based in the north."

Location mentioned in the book: Sudan

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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park


In “A Long Walk to Water” written by Linda Sue Park, you’ll meet Salva, one of the Sudanese “Lost Boys”. In southern Sudan, in 1987, the civil war drove about 20 000 young boys away from their homes and families – and they are known as the Lost Boys.

Therefore, Linda Sue Park helps tell the story of how Salva was separated from his family and travelled hundreds of miles away from hostile territory. He had to survive starvation, disease and even animal attacks. Alongside Salva’s story, Linda Sue Park introduces us to Nya, a young girl who lives in one of these villages. See where their journeys lead you.

After years of living in refugee camps, Salva was relocated to the United States. Later he learned that his father was still alive in Southern Sudan, struggling with diseases caused by waterborne parasites. Inspired, Salva is now helping his country by bringing clean water to those in need. Learn more about Water for South Sudan.

Product details:

  • Language: English
  • Reading age: 10-12 (grade level: 5 – 7)
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publication date: 2012
  • ISBN-10: 547577311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547577319
  • ASIN: 547251270

Furthermore, here’s a short video introduction to the book that I’ve found on Linda’s website. It’s worth sharing with you as in just a couple of minutes, you’ll get inspired to find the time to read this book.


In addition, if you’re interested, you can read more about the author and her work here.

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