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Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018
"A Long Walk to Water" is a novel by Linda Sue Park. Published in 2010, the novel is written to tell two separate stories which are brought together in the final chapter. The first story is about Nya, an eleven-year-old girl living in Southern Sudan who must make two long walks to fetch water for her family each day. The second story is based on the true life experiences of Salva Dut, who is forced to run away the war in Southern Sudan when he is eleven years old.
The main character in this book is Salva Dut. He is eleven year old boy living in South Sudan. One day, he is at school when his village comes under attack. He among with other boys runs into the forest and never returns to his village. They become known as the "Lost Boys". They travel across the desert to a refugee camp in Ethiopia then in Kenya. He begins to learn some English. He is one of many chosen to travel to America to live with an adoptive family. After adjusting his life, he goes back Southern Sudan to help the people drilling wells and bringing water to remote villages. The other character in this book is Nya. She like many other young people does not go to school. She spends her day traveling several hours each way to bring water home to her family. She must do this in the morning and in the afternoon. She is still wondering if a miracle can happen one day.
This book definitely held my interest. Although it was a bit confusing trying to understand how the two stories connected,but by the end of the book, the way that the author weaved the two stories of Nya and Salva together is incredibly powerful and moving. This story teaches lessons of compassion and perseverance and courage. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It provides an incredible perspective on the definition of a hard life and is an inspirational read.
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