A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Suitable for ages 10 - 14; Lexile 720
This book tells the true story of Salva Dut who was a Sudanese Lost Boy. He spent time on a long journey to Ethiopia, spent six years in a refugee camp there, was forced out, traveled to Kenya, and spent more time in a refugee camp there. He finally made it to America and earned a bachelor's degree. However, he decided to go back to the Sudan to start a nonprofit to drill wells in the Sudan area.
It also tells the fictional story of Nya who walks four hours away from her home twice a day to a pond that has dirty water. A well is being built in her village during the novel to help her town.
The two stories converge at the end of the novel.
This story will help readers understand the plight that the Sudanese Lost Boys lived with during their lives. It also helps the readers understand how difficult it is for many people in Africa to find clean drinking water.
The novel is unique in that it covers the story of two different children who live at different times but in the end are united by water.