A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

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By (author) Mrs Linda Sue Park

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  • Publisher: Turtleback Books
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 191mm x 15mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0606234063
  • ISBN 13: 9780606234061
  • Edition: Prebound edition
  • Edition statement: Bound for Schoo.
  • Sales rank: 870,996

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From Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park, an emotional novel based on a true story. Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day. Salva walks away from his war-torn village. He is a "lost boy" refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety. Two young people . . . two stories. One country: Sudan. This mesmerizing dual narrative follows two threads--one unfolding in 2008 and one in 1985--with one hopeful message: that even in a troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for.

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"There have been several books about the lost boys of Sudan for adults, teens, and even for elementary-school readers. But [this] spare, immediate account, based on a true story, adds a stirring contemporary dimension. . . . Young readers will be stunned by the triumphant climax."--"Booklist," starred review "[This] spare, hard-hitting novel delivers a memorable portrait of two children in Sudan. . . . Tragic and harrowing."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review "Two narratives intersect in a quiet conclusion that is filled with hope."--"School Library Journal," starred review "This powerful dual narrative packs suspense and introspection into Park's characteristic spare description; while there are lots of details offered to the reader, they come not in long, prosaic lines but in simple, detached observations. Both Salva's and Nya's stories are told with brutal, simple honesty, and they deliver remarkable perspective on the Sudanese conflict. The novel's brevity and factu