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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
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Jun 12, 2011

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Many authors have told stories of the so-called Lost Boys of Sudan. Linda Sue Park, inspired by one man's true account, created this work that reaches out to young readers and bridges tragedy of the past with hope for the future. Salva, the true character, begins walking east across Africa when his village is attacked by rebel soldiers. He and the other survivors face hunger, thirst, wild lions, and despair as they cross the dry landscape. Even the refugee camps Salva eventually reaches provide little comfort and security. Thoughout Salva's journey, Park breaks the narrative to describe another young African's perilous walk, this one 16 years in the future: every day, Nya must walk across the thorny dessert for eight hours to collect water for her family. This distant lake's water is muddy, warm, and possibly unsafe to drink, but it is all her family can do. In the end, Park brings these two stories together in a surprising and inspiring way, revealing a shining example of survival, compassion, and action.

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