- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Full Cast Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 7, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GJ6LE6S
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To say that Salva walks a long way is an understatement. It's hard to imagine walking for days, let alone a year and a half to find refuge. And the hardships he endures along the way seem impossible to overcome. Yet he manages to keep going, one day at a time. It's an amazing story put in terms that I think younger readers can understand. It is a little confusing at first, with the story going between Salva and Nya, a girl in another village but as the story continued, it made sense to me that they should be told in parallel. Knowing how the two stories would come together made me even more anxious to finish the book.
Not only does Linda Sue Park tell a beautiful, inspiring story, she also brings awareness to the conflict in a far away country and the need for clean water, something we take for granted here in the States. The notes at the end from Salva Dut and the author should definitely be read and teachers/parents could open up some important discussions.
This is definitely a book that will go in the school library where I work.
The chapters alternate between main characters Salva and Nye. Only at the end of the book is the connection between the two characters revealed, and it's the greatest pleasure of the book. Unfortunately, it doesn't rescue the book for me. For most of the book, the alternating chapters irritate because they are so disparate. Furthermore, the book covers some 20+ years of Salva's life in a span of 128 pages, most of which is spent walking. It's one of those books that we want children to love and some certainly will, but many will declare it boring. I couldn't help wondering if the book might be better told in flashback by Salva. With all that walking, Salva had plenty of time to think, yet there is no feeling in the thoughts. He misses his family. He worries the group will leave him behind. He wonders what will become of him. These are thoughts we need not be told--that much is obvious. I know this is Linda Sue Park's writing style, but it's not to my personal taste.
Based on what I know about the lost boys in Sudan, I braced myself to feel sick to my stomach while reading the book, but I never really did, except for one scene involving crocodiles (and soldiers). Park was responsibly sensitive about what to include regarding the violence and abusive soldiers. Between her sparse style and this sensitivity, however, the book and characters lack the emotional depth that should make Salva's story unforgettable, which it is. It's an important topic that young people should know about, but I'm holding out for a richer book on the topic.