A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547251271, 121pp.)

Publication Date: November 2010

List Price: $17.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“Feel the heat, fear, and uncertainty as you walk with 11-year-old Salva, who, in 1985, is fleeing his homeland of Southern Sudan. Linda Sue Park has crafted a gripping story of a 'Lost Boy,' all the more remarkable because it is based on a true story. Intertwined with Salva's story is that of 11-year-old Nya, from a rival tribe in Southern Sudan. This 'long walk' will take readers into a troubled country, but a country still filled with hope due to people like Salva. This is a book for the reader who wants to look behind the headlines.”
-- David Mallmann, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI


Description

The" New York Times "bestseller" 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.




About the Author
Linda Sue Park is the Newbery Medal-winning author of A Single Shard and several other books for children and young adults. Ms. Park lives with her family in upstate New York.
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