A Long Walk to Water- by Linda Sue Park

Lexile Level: 720L

Reading Level: 5.9

Grade level: 6 – 12

Subject: Language Arts, Historical Fiction,

World History

Plot Summary:

A Long Walk to Water novel alternates between two narratives, following a Southern Sudanese girl, Nya, from 2008 – 2009 and a Southern Sudanese boy, Salva Dut, from 1985 – 2009. The boy, Salva Dut, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan as a result of the civil war. In his search for safety, Salva Dut walks to Ethiopia and back to Sudan and Kenya. In his journey, Salva grows from a boy to a young man leading more than 1500 “lost boys” across Sudan to the safety of Kenyaʼs refugee camp. Salvaʼs story of survival, hope, and perseverance is unlike any other. On the other hand, Nyaʼs story parallels and complements the story of Salva Dut. Nyaʼs life revolves around getting water on daily basis for months on end, until things change for the better with the building of a water well and new school.

This is such an amazing story that you won’t put down until you’re finished,

and I greatly recommend it.  To learn more about Salva Dut’s project go to:

PBS video “Lost Boy of Sudan”  http://video.pbs.org/video/1726685656

Water For Sudan http://www.waterforsudan.org/

For “A Long Walk to Water” Lesson plan go to http://tinyurl.com/7a5ozjd


2 thoughts on “A Long Walk to Water- by Linda Sue Park

  1. Hi,
    I have a childrens fantasy novel (ages 9-12) that I would like reviewed. It’s being released in Dec/jan. Would you be interested? I would of course send you a copy free of charge and link your review to my blog.

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