Grade level: 6 – 12
Subject: Language Arts, Historical Fiction,
“A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue 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/