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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

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Author: Linda Sue Park

Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times bestselling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others.

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. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.



Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 10/04/2011
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.22lbs
Size: 7.50h x 5.00w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780547577319
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5
Point Value: 3
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 140710 / Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Award: Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award - Nominee

About the Author
Linda Sue Park received the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard. In addition to novels, she has written picture books and poetry for young readers. Before turning to children's books, she worked as a journalist, a food critic, and a teacher of English as a second language. She lives with her family in Rochester, New York.