A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in1985.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.21 out of 5
  • Published November 15th 2010 by Clarion Books
  • Original Title: A Long Walk to Water
  • ISBN: 0547251270 (ISBN13: 9780547251271)
  • Edition Language: English
  • URL: Go To Website
  • Literary Awards: Jane Addams Children's Book Award for Older Children (2011)
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2015)
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award Nominee for Juvenile (2012)
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee for Grades 6-8 (2013)

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan 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.
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Age 10 and Up