A Long Walk to Water book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alterna. Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard, and many other novels, poems and picture. A Long Walk to Water is a short novel written by Linda Sue Park and published in story of Nya, a young village girl that was a part of the Nuer tribe. Park used this book as a platform to support Dut's program, Water for South Sudan.
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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in "There have been several books about the lost boys of Sudan for adults. already baking the air, even though it was long before noon. It would take her half other wives, would walk with the herds to the water holes, where there was. Touching take on Lost Boys of Sudan, based on true story. Read Common Sense Media's A Long Walk to Water review, age rating, and parents guide.
The book also includes a separate narrative about a girl named Nya, which takes place in Sudan as well, but beginning in Do you hear me? Not home. They will be going into the villages. Stay away from villages—run into the bush. Years go by as he travels, settling into multiple refugee camps.
One day, Nya learns that something good is finally coming to their village: a new water well. I ended up reading this book with my kids for their reading discussion group. The book is written well, and what a page turner it is. The author did such a wonderful job weaving these two narratives together. Is his family alive? How are these stories connected? Along with the two narratives, you also learn about the history of Sudan, the different tribes, a bit of culture, and their consistent struggle for clean water.
By the end of the story I was in tears.
This book is incredibly moving with a strong message for any age. You will get through it when you persevere instead of quitting. There are no words to describe this book. It was amazing. It also had very good writing. I vould not put the book down. I can't believe that I finished a book within 2 days.
That is how much I was into the book. Sep 21, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: As a parent, I've spent a lot of time protecting my childrens' innocence about the world.
We've been blessed beyond belief to live in a first world country, in a safe community, where our needs our met, where my kids have been able to be kids. Sure, they're aware of "the needy", we sponsor a child through World Vision, and they've learned about Haiti and Rwanda through some mission programs at our church. But they don't really know the details of the suffering. My older child has now reached an As a parent, I've spent a lot of time protecting my childrens' innocence about the world.
My older child has now reached an age where some of that protection needs to be turned to education. The first, which starts in , focuses on Salva, who becomes one of the Lost Boys of Sudan when his village is attacked in the middle of the school day and he must flee for safety -- a heartbreaking journey which takes years and spans countries and continents. The second story line starts in and focuses on Nya, a Sudanese girl whose sole activity in life is to walk miles to and from a watering hole each day to collect dirty water the only available kind for her family.
The book is written for middle grade readers, so adults may find it lacking in depth and predictable. However, I think it hits the sweet spot for its intended audience. Middle grade readers will find suspense, action, and a sense of empathy for the characters in both of the story lines. My daughter was compelled to find out more about both the Lost Boys as well as access to clean water -- and I doubt she is alone.
The book has given us an opportunity to discuss not only history and geography, but also better helps her understand the current Syrian refugee crisis. I highly recommend this for middle grade readers. Oct 29, Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a quiet book; it is also an explosive and extremely powerful book. For such a short book, it really packs a huge punch -- one that lingers in my mind and makes me want to know more, find out more, and help out if I can!
It is a quiet book because Park reports and does not sensationalize. At times, in the beginning of Salva's journey, I felt a slight disconnect: I did not feel that his forced exile from his village or even the loss of his new friend are scenes that moved me emotionally.
A This is a quiet book; it is also an explosive and extremely powerful book. As I kept reading, my mind and my heart mingled: The portion of the journey involving Salva's uncle, his guidance, and his death, is the center piece of the tale. I even feel that I've learned a precious lesson from his mantra of taking one step at a time, solving one problem at a time -- to conquer seemingly insurmountable obstacles or to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
It is a powerful book because Park manages to tell a harrowing tale to a young audience that will surely stimulate empathy and activism. View 1 comment. Sep 06, Donalyn rated it really liked it Shelves: The long civil war in Sudan destroyed the country and devastated its people. Park alternates the stories of two Sudanese children, one a Lost Boy, forced to flee his village during an attack and seek refuge in Ethiopia, and a young girl who walks for miles each day to collect water for her family.
A brief, powerful story explaining the Sudanese conflict to children and one boy's hope and courage. Jan 13, Kells Next Read rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a quick read that pact a powerful punch. I highly reccomend it to all. Sometimes we all take for granted the things that come so easily for us. We instinctively feel it to be a basic right for all.
Not all have access or enjoy the basic necessities of life I love how the author artiulates the two POV's and ultimately how they intersect at the end of the book. Based on a True Story" was such a inspirational book that made me compare Salva's story, to mine. I have a family. I have education. I have other needs in life that Salva doesn't. It made me wonder how much things that I "want" rather than I "need". It made me wonder how much just one's help, can change someone's life.
It made me wonder how not knowing things, can hurt. It made me realize how I'm too lazy to go from my room to the refrigerator to get water, while half way across the world in Sudan, a country next to Ethiopia that ended a civil war not too long ago, there is someone Nya walking hours just to get muddy water.
Not only just to get water. Going to the nearest school and medic takes hours also. Just like Nya explains, water can be the key to life. It can bring happiness to families. Now talking about Salva and his family, he meets his father in 19 years! In nineteen years, someone can change so much to forget their son's face. I wonder when Salva met his mother and his brother.
Now thinking about it, the war has also changed Salva in many ways. First and the most obvious, he was stronger after the words uncle told him. This and his friends death kept him going to his destination. Next, the war made Salva run away and not fight for the war. This made him go to america since he didn't fight. He also didn't get the scar on his forehead because he ran away from the war. Finally, the war shaped Salva to who he is today.
Going to southern Sudan and helping people there. Even generous to face the Nuer and dig a well for them. Anyways, I recommend this book to anyone. From elementary to adults. Everyone should read this book. View all 3 comments.
This book has become my favorite book. It is so detailed and informational. I like how it talks about 2 different main characters.
I like how Salva never gives up, he still had hope, Which made me have hope for him. COnnecting to Salva is hard for me, I have never been in that situation. I find so surprising that you don't really hear Nya complain about her water, but for me when I see a little dirt in my water I don't drink it.
I find it amazing how these people in Sudan living like this, bad w This book has become my favorite book. I find it amazing how these people in Sudan living like this, bad water not a lot of food. I never really thought too much about this problem. Each time I heard Salva talk about his parents I would keep telling myself, his family is alive, his family is alive, his family is alive.
Salva got stronger from his uncle and his family, which gave me hope for his family. I am so glad that I was introduced to this book by Mr. Errico, reading with the class made the experience more fun. Also, I loved the class discussions because it made me think more deeply about the text, and made me ask more questions. I recommend this book to people who love personal stories, and if you would like to know about what happened in Sudan during that time.
I think one of the important factors in the book is development. Development empowers entire Sudanese villages by giving the villagers more time for other pursuits, such as education. By installing a simple well in the middle of the village, for example, engineers save the villagers countless hours of walking—adding up to weeks or months, probably—every year. Following the same logic, this type of development empowers women: Nya, for instance, will be able to attend school alongside her male pee I think one of the important factors in the book is development.
Nya, for instance, will be able to attend school alongside her male peers and learn how to read and write due to the time the new well saves her.
No country can develop when half of its population is marginalized. The book also shows how development might ease cultural tensions in Sudan as a whole. Salva Dut, who initiates an influential project to build wells in Sudan, makes a point of designing wells for many different tribes, not just his own Dinka tribe. In this way, Salva makes sure that the different cultural and ethnic groups in South Sudan reap the rewards of development equally.
Furthermore, the author suggests that many of the rivalries between tribes stem from disputes over access to water, meaning that providing clean water for the different tribes will make South Sudan more a more peaceful place for its inhabitants. I can make a text-to-world connection the South Sudanese refugee crisis and the situation Salva and Nya is in.
We had a variety of constructive and fruitful debates, including a debate on resolution of the South Sudanese refugee crisis. This debate further enhanced my learning on the background history and the current situation inn South Sudan.
It also put me in the shoes of the UN that strived to build a better future for Nya and Salva. Furthermore, this experience relates to the political video we watched in class because the exact same thing happened in the conference. In the video, USA vetoed the resolution by the United Nations of aborting weapon transportation to South Sudan, which could possibly save thousands of lives.
At the conference, Congo and Kenya submitted a clause on the s of weapon transportation, but the delegate of USA, pertaining to his country stance, vetoed it by striking the clause. Mar 28, ladydusk rated it it was amazing. This book was very moving and thought provoking. It was a relatively short and easy read from a technical standpoint.
Park did a lovely job weaving Nya and Salva's stories together. Nya's more modern story was changed by Salva's earlier experiences. The lessons of one step in front of the other and simply reaching the next plateau were well revived, time and again.
It was valuable exposure to the experiences of people in our world and the challenges so many face: Park packs a lot of ideas into a slim book written for children. Even though this book is probably aimed more at an upper elementary age group, I found it a worthwhile read for my Middle Grade homeschool students who have been, perhaps, a little more sheltered than others their age.
It was a quick read for us and I could tell there was a lot of thinking going on. After I read this book, I could clearly understand the theme of the book. Which I believe that it was, if you have a goal in life, as long as you try you can always accomplish it and never lose hope. I believe that that was the theme of this book because the book continuously proves to us that that is the theme of the book. The first time we see this is when Salva starts his long walking journey to safety and freedom from violence in the beginning of the book.
The next major scene that we see th After I read this book, I could clearly understand the theme of the book. The next major scene that we see this is when Salva is on his own and is leading thousands of other boys after the event in the Ethiopian refugee camps. In this scene, we first hear Salva continuously try to get to safety with the other thousands of children.
We can see Salva really trying to achieve a goal. This is different compared to the past is that this time, Salva is choosing his choices instead of another adult choosing it for him like his uncle.
The final time that we see Salva showing this is when he starts the project to help both Dinka and Nuer access water easily.
The book specifically states that Salva spent a lot of effort to achieve his goal. All of this took years to accomplish. Throughout the book we see the book telling us that all you need to do to acheive your goal is try.
This book is amazing. I really like how it shows different examples of life in Southern Sudan. Salva and Nya's life were so different, yet they live in the same country and same culture, it's just the time period is different.
Also, I was deeply touched by, especially, Salva's courage. His life is so different then ours, and our lives are better than his in many ways, yet, he never gave up, and at the end probably experienced and learned more than we ever will.
I admire him for that. Another par This book is amazing. Another part of the book that I really liked, was at the end, at how Nya didn't have to walk to the pond for water. Instead, she could go to school. I was really moved at this because of her enthusiasm and her wanting to learn.
Because of this, she probably will understand the full meaning of going to school and getting an education, and how important it is for the future. That is why I really enjoyed reading this book, and if you haven't read it, I really recommend that you do.
Dec 05, Lisa rated it really liked it. In this story, Salva and Nya are the main characters. Their both from Sudan, and faced many challenges. Salva's village was under attacked by the rebels, they had to run away from the village for safety. On this long hard journey to Ethiopia there are many things that happens to Salva both tragic and emotional.
Salva is independent and learns how to control one situation at a time. Nya on the other hand, she walks every single day to go get water from the pond. The water is dirty, but that chang In this story, Salva and Nya are the main characters.
The water is dirty, but that changes soon. I honestly loved this book, it was hard to put down. It was a quick read but I enjoyed it. A long walk to water is a novel about two stories, Salva's, and Nya's.
Nya is a girl who has to fetch water every single day, from a pond miles away from her village. Salva lives in a war-zone, and believes himself to be the only survivor when the rebels attacked his village. What I liked most about the book was the determination and hope of the main protagonist, Salva. He was an orphan, a twelve year old boy who had to walk thousands of miles to different refugee camps all over East Africa, but A long walk to water is a novel about two stories, Salva's, and Nya's.
He was an orphan, a twelve year old boy who had to walk thousands of miles to different refugee camps all over East Africa, but somehow he became one of the few people who survived. He just kept thinking "I just have to make it through this day, one step at a time". My biggest connection to Salva was the feeling that he was getting too much on his plate, and he couldn't eat through it all. I get that feeling sometimes when I have too much homework, or am just stressed for some reason. I do the same thing salva does, take a deep breath and think that I just have to get through this day.
Regarding the writing, I thought It was very well written, but there were some long, unnecessary parts which I thought could be cut and make the book more fast paced with less build-up.
Overall, an excellent read. Jun 05, Angel Gelique rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a simple story that can be read in a single day. The scenes constantly switch from different time periods, telling the stories of the two main characters--a technique I generally don't enjoy--but it worked perfectly here. In , Salva is an eleven-year-old boy from Southern Sudan, sitting in a classroom. Suddenly, gunfire erupts outside. The teacher tells the boys to run, run into the bush. Salva wants to go home to his family, but everyone is scrambling away from men with guns.
He run This is a simple story that can be read in a single day. He runs and runs, hoping that somehow he'd find his family at some point.
The journey to safety is long, arduous and fraught with many dangers. It takes half the day to get there and the other half of the day to get back. When the rain stops and the pond dries up, her family must walk for three days to camp by a lake. It, too, is dried up, but they dig deep into the claybed for whatever muddy water they can get. Salva's story is truly heartbreaking. It's unfathomable to imagine the horrors those youngsters faced as they walked hundreds of miles in search of refugee camps.
I kept thinking about all the things we take for granted, like a simple glass of clean water and home security. Imagine being uprooted in a moment of sudden chaos. You have nothing but the clothes on your back and you wander, if you're lucky, with others, in hopes of finding shelter from the rebels and the lions.
Food and water are scarce. You must cross the Nile River, with its turbulent current and vast population of crocodiles. Then you must cross the desert on shoes that offer no protection, or bare-footed. The mere thought is exhausting, really. And yet so many people had to embark on such perilous journeys, propelled by little more than the will to survive.
I loved how everything came together at the end and delivered such an inspirational message of hope and perseverance. I highly recommend this book. It reminded me of a movie I saw a couple years ago entitled, The Good Lie, which is an excellent movie. In every book, there is always one line that is the soul of the book. Remove that one line, and the book turns to rust.
This book has one of the most amazing soul-of-the-books in all the books I've read. I believe that the soul in this book is the line "Just this one step-one step at a time.
Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi, has once said that "a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
Have you ever felt something was too big to be done? If you look at the whole thing, you would be under a lot of stress and pressure. But, if you take it one piece at a time, you would find it easier. In the book, Salva's story literally revolved around this one line. When he was walking from South Sudan to Ethiopia, he was thinking of this sentence to encourage himself. When he was running to Kenya, he was taking his days one day at a time-just this one day. When he was digging wells for the Sudanese, he was thinking of what his uncle had taught him.
This is a very meaningful book. Heavily recommended if you want an inspirational novel. Oct 25, Oscar rated it really liked it. Marial, sleeping" Sue 41 Ms. Linda Park Sue is not an Alexander Dumas, nor does she write extremely remarkable books, but she still touched me with this historical fiction novel. As I think about the first quote, I always link it to society today.
Corporations are profiling poor communities or cops racially profiling minorities or the food production industry with animal abuse.
These people in power of the consumer a "The lion could easily It sought out a prey that was small and motionless: These people in power of the consumer and citizens are the lions hunting Marial. African Americans and Latinos accused of illegal drug use and dead pigs used as food for sows and piglets, and contaminated waterways because of feces created by the animals.
We must stand up to these unjust actions and fight for what is right. To stop and expose wrongdoings of people. So overall, this book helped me look a the world from a different angle, for the better or worse. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. About Linda Sue Park. Linda Sue Park. Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in Books by Linda Sue Park.
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