This was a beautiful story of hard work and determination and perseverance in the face of evil and overwhelming adversity and hardships. I have not read a book in a very long time that motivated me to care deeply about global issues, but this book stirred in me a desire to help others. At the beginning of the book, 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 weaves the two stories of Nya and Salva together is incredibly powerful and moving. The author writes beautifully, using vivid imagery and robust descriptions that make the characters and situations easy to relate to even though most of us have never had to experience such hardships. The author was careful not to be too graphic in his storytelling which helps to make this story accessible to both younger and older readers. 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.
In 2008 Nya has to walk a super long distance to get water for her family. Salva who is a refugee during the 1985 war has to make a long journey to find safety. Life is hard for them both in Sudan. The stories are 25 years apart but the book talks about how their stories intersect. It is good for grades 3+,age 8+ and family and also people who like historical fiction.It is also good to learn about the importance of water. It saves lives,helps people, and brings us together by giving water to help them to lead a good life. I recommend this book because it has good examples of leadership. It is so different than any other book I have read. It is the kind of book that sucks you in then you slow down to savor it.
My grandson read the book then told his mom and me about it; asked us to read it. Very seldom does he do that but this touched him enough to cause him to speak up about it. The story was simple and presented the hardships encounted around such a basic human need - water. By also lightly describing the impact of war and other dangers in the area, a child would be exposed to this information. Questions are raised that allow parent-child interaction and help to teach our children to be socially aware and that you can have an impact on the lives of others as Salva Dut did/does. A simple well to supply water for lives and the social, educational, and economical changes that result when there is access to a good, clean, abundant supply. Excellent.
I read this aloud to my Chinese born, American raised kids and amidst the grumbling over "Mom's teaching us again", came a sudden moment of silence, and then "Mom, please read, ". And then the conversations started. This is a beautifully told story, at times horrifying sad, but it's one that our privileged American tweens need to hear. The parallel story lines are fascinating, and the understanding of tribal cultures and each child's place in their tribe are fascinating. We will pay it forward by donating to Salva's nonprofit organization. What an amazing accomplishment. Thank you.
This was for my 7th grade son was assigned to read in school. This was the first book my son had ever finished, talked about and even read note than he was assigned to do. My son is dyslexic which makes reading a book laborious or even impossible. I bought the feature that reads it to him which he loved and made it more interesting since they had music and the reader used different voices for each character. It also highlighted the words as it read and for words that are hard it give the definition. Amazing it opens up a whole new world for struggling readers.
My son is going into 6th grade. We received a packet over the summer from his new school. He had to choose a book out of the list, read it and do a book report on it. He choose this book, it has 122 pages total. He’s not big on reading but really likes this book. He’s not yet finished but he likes reading about these two young people’s lives that are mentioned in this book.
I decided to read this book after I finished reading another book written by Linda Park (See Saw Girl). As a 5th grade reading teacher, I sometimes struggle with my recommendations for interesting historical fiction/non-fiction selections - most especially when recommending to my students who typically aren't interested in those two genres.
I found See Saw girl to be a very quick read with "friendly" writing for those who just aren't into history. It'll be my book to "hook" them into the genre. A Long Walk to Water, in my personal opinion, would be the next step up for these students because of the way in which the author chose to write the story.
The story is told in first-person narrative by two different characters AND the story takes place during two different periods of time in Sudan. The two stories flip back and forth with each chapter. Never did I find the two stories confusing or difficult to keep up with.
SALVA is a Sudan boy who, when gunfire breaks out while he's at school, is forced to go on the run due to the civil war - leaving his family behind. The story focuses on the heart wrenching details of his journey.
Nya is a young girl whose story takes place several years after that of Salva. Also a child living in Sudan, Nya's job is to make a very long, daily (sometimes more than once) journey to fetch water for their family.
All the time I was reading, I knew that at some point Salva and Nya's lives and/or story would intersect. And, in the end, it did! But it wasn't until the very end was I able to figure out how their life story would intersect.
Although the challenges these two characters face will pull at your heart strings, the author has put in just enough detail without being too graphic for young readers.
This is a beautiful story that definitely deserves its place on my classroom bookshelf. I cannot wait to share it with all my students. And, I'm anxious to read another book by Linda Park.
I just lead a 5th and 6th grade language arts class through a unit on this book. We all enjoyed the material. The topics are intense, but presented in an approachable way. The vocabulary is easy for most readers to understand. It is short enough that challenged readers are not scared away.
I was hesitant to read this story, even months after purchasing it, because it seems most stories written about Africa broadcast it in a negative light. So after scrolling through my Kindle collection I lingered on this story again and decided to plunge in. I wish I'd read it sooner. I wondered throughout the story at what point would I have given up, let hopelessness and despair suck me under. I wondered could I be as brave and selfless as Salva. I'd like to think I could. While I mourned for Salva for the loss of his brothers, his uncle, and his childhood, I rejoiced in his perseverance, his dedication, the friendships, and the love he discovered along his journey.
This book was a Kindle Unlimited selection I chose because I am going to Africa for a health mission in a few weeks. I got it for the long long plane trip, but just couldn't help myself. Impeccable editing is always a huge plus, but I love how Salva's and Nya's stories come together in the end. As I finished, expecting the ending, I still cried loud, happy tears of joy. An amazing slice of a life us westerners can hardly imagine! A quick read and worth your time.