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A Long Walk to Water

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


A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story” by Linda Sue Park is a powerful narrative that introduces readers to Salva, one of the Sudanese “Lost Boys.” Set against the backdrop of southern Sudan in 1987, during a period of civil war, the story sheds light on the harrowing experiences of around 20,000 young boys who were uprooted from their homes and families, earning them the poignant title of the Lost Boys.

Linda Sue Park masterfully tells Salva’s story, which chronicles his separation from his family and his difficult journey across hundreds of miles of hostile terrain. As Salva faces starvation, disease, and even animal attacks, readers are transported into the depths of his struggles and resilience.

Woven alongside Salva’s journey is the story of Nya, a young girl living in one of the affected villages. Their paths intertwine in ways that illuminate the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Following years spent in refugee camps, Salva eventually finds himself resettled in the United States. It’s here that he learns his father is still alive in Southern Sudan, struggling with diseases caused by waterborne parasites. This revelation becomes a turning point, motivating Salva to make a profound difference in his homeland. Through the creation of Water for South Sudan Salva embarks on a mission to provide clean water to those in need.

“A Long Walk to Water” is not just a story; it’s a tribute to resilience, courage, and the enduring human capacity to transform adversity into hope. Linda Sue Park’s narrative shines a spotlight on the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of compassion, making this book an essential read for all who seek inspiration and insight into the shared journey of humanity.

Book 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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