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A Long Walk to Water
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story | Linda Sue Park
The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nyas in an astonishing and moving way.
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MaggieCarr
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Me today:
- complaining because I had to microwave my coffee
- commenting that gas prices dropped a few cents
- brushing my teeth with the faucet on
- video chatting with my husband who is across the country
Sobering thoughts:
- to not drink and die or to drink, get sick from the water and die
- 19 years away from family
- am I leaving a positive impact on my world, a legacy my family would be proud of
Deep, deep middle grade read for ALL AGES!

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BarbaraBB
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The hardest story told in the most simple way. Salva has been a refugee for years. He fled from war torn #SouthSudan across the Nile and the desert to Ethiopia and Kenya. He learns to take life a day at a time.
In between there is Nya‘s story, who 20 years later in South Sudan walks 8 hours a day to fetch water.
A touching story!

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇸🇸 #19822022 #2010 #52BooksIn52weeks #MiddleGrade

(Pic: Nizwa, Oman)

squirrelbrain Loved Nizwa! We went on market day though; it was a bit smelly from all the goats, sheep and other animals for sale! 2mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Market day is tomorrow! Our hotel is right in the middle of the souq so we‘ll go there at dawn tomorrow to have a look. Must be kind of special but smelly indeed, haha, all the goats! (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle Wow…your photo is incredible! 2mo
Megabooks Loving these vacation pics! 2mo
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Daisey
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This short #MiddleGrade book is told from two perspectives. It doesn‘t describe in detail the violence in Sudan in 1985, but it‘s clearly there in Salva‘s story. Nya‘s story takes place in 2008 as she spends most of her time carrying water for her family. In the end, their two stories come together.

#ReadingAfrica2022 #Sudan #audiobook

BarbaraBB I‘ve chosen this one for #SouthSudan. I didn‘t know it‘s middle grade! 3mo
Daisey @BarbaraBB I‘ve seen it classified as both YA and MG, it based on length and how it portrays the violence that it‘s accessible as middle grade. 3mo
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Jobridge
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I was nervous about getting into audiobooks but I have an hour commute and figured I could reach my reading goals faster if I start. I started with this one because it was short and was recommended by a friend. I‘m picky about readers on audiobooks and this one has two great readers for the two points of view. It‘s a harrowing, beautiful, true story. It heralds the virtue of perseverance and makes you appreciate what you have for sure!

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Amandakay
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Pop sugar challenge: a book set in the 80s

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rebbyj
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Intense YA. My niece is reading it in school. ❤️

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Sci.Cricketts
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What an emotional read. Loved it! Everyone should read this book!

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Chittavrtti
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sarahlandis
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I adore this book. A true story of alternating chapters- one following an 11 year old boy from the mid 1980‘s in Sudan‘s civil war to the present, and an 11 year old girl in the mid 2000‘s Sudan. They each take long walks, but for very different reasons. It‘s tragic and heart wrenching but also inspirational and heart warming. YA novel but I recommend for anyone. Here is the link for the non profit discussed ! https://www.waterforsouthsudan.org

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sailu112
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What a heart wrenching story. This ia a beautifully written story about hope, war and faith. This had 2 parallel stories which ended up meeting at the end

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underground_bks
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Our bookstore successfully raised 50 copies of A Long Walk to Water for a local teacher to give away to students for summer reading this year, so I had to check this out! A brief but powerful, harrowing but hopeful read, A Long Walk to Water shares the true story of Salva Dut, a Dinka child and Sudanese Lost Boy in 1985, who grew up to found Water for South Sudan, and the fictional story of Nya, a Nuer girl who benefits from Salva‘s well in 2008.

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alindemann
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Loved how the author put the two stories together and concluded in such a heart-warming way. A great quick little read!

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I think that it was great, you guys should definatly read. kind of sad but the best part was near the end when Salva meets Nya and end up finding his dad and the rest of his family.

CaffeineAndCandy Hey! Welcome to Litsy! 📚👍 1y
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Cortg
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This was such a great middle grades book about one of the lost boys from the Sudan Civil War. I highly recommend this powerful read, especially since it can be read in one sitting. #TBRCrew #DecadesOfThePast 1980‘s

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amberavidreader
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This book was such a great read. Read in one sitting. Could not put it down. Get your tissues for this one. You will love it though.
A little about it: The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985....

#greatreads #recommendedreading #readers #booklovers

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4thhouseontheleft
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I meant to read this for #booked2020 #genocide prompt a few months ago (I ended up reading something else instead). Turns out it is the 1st quarter novel study for Maya‘s English class!

Salva reminds me so very much of one of my Lost Boy refugee clients from the early 2000s. I worked with quite a few Sudanese refugees when I was with LIRS and IRC, and I feel the author did a great job portraying their experience for a middle grade audience.

4thhouseontheleft I have one main criticism, which is why I won't give it 5 ⭐. Based on a true story, with a message from Salva Dut at the back of the book, I feel like he should have been listed as as an author. I feel his oral stories should grant him some ownership over this slightly fictionalized account. 2y
Cinfhen Great photo and wonderful review. This is on my audio TBR 2y
TheAromaofBooks It does sound like it should be more of a “by Salva Dut, as told to...“ Great review!! 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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This was a great story but a not so great audiobook. I think I‘ll have to try this again as a physical book. Very powerful, but the audiobook almost didn‘t do it justice.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This short, middle grade true story is an affecting story about genocide, fighting, refugee life, and the importance of water in Sudan. It‘s just the kind of book that reminds kids and adults that life is wholly different in other parts of the world, and that's something we all need every once in a while.

#thebibliophage2020 #irlbookgroup #weneeddiversereads

4thhouseontheleft I am probably going to listen to the same book for the #genocide prompt. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft It‘s very short but that makes it a good choice for a tough subject. (At least to me, in these difficult times.) (edited) 2y
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage I also actually just realized my current read, a graphic novel memoir about an artist working with Syrian refugees, also fits the prompt. My brain hasn‘t been firing on all cylinders lately. 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Even better! I totally understand the brain stuff. Can‘t say mine is much better ... 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Reading this with my IRL book group this month. After finishing a 30+ hour audiobook, this short one is a welcome change. Although, it‘s obviously not an easy story.

Cortg My MIL gave it to me for Christmas! I haven‘t read it yet. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cortg Nice! I will try to remember to tag you when I review. 2y
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AmyK1
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This is based on the true story of Salva, who at the age of 11 found himself w/out family and walking with a group of strangers from South Sudan to Ethiopia because of the war in Sudan. Eventually he makes his was to the US where he gets an education and decides to help his people by bringing clean water to the villages where people would often have to walk hours for any water at all.
#MiddleGradeMarch @megnews @sblbooks
Letter P for #litsyAtoZ

sblbooks Sounds good. 2y
Cortg My MIL got me this book for Christmas! 2y
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ds111717

“Everything about him was paying attention to the teacher-everything except his eyes and his mind.“

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ds111717

I would use this book in my classroom to show my students the diverse cultures and hopefully give them a better understanding of the diversity among cultures so that they know of them.

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ds111717
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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story written by Linda Sue Park. Chapter 1 p.1-7. Introduced Salva, who lives in southern Sudan, and talks about how he goes to school rather than working at home. When he is at school one day, a war starts because the people in the south practice a different religion and didn't want to be forced to practice Islam. This could be related to diverse children in today's world because of discrimination.

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k.gauze

“A step at a time. One problem at a time-just figure out this one problem”

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k.gauze

Love this book!! Would definitely have this in a classroom or suggest it for children to read it!

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k.gauze
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Reading this book brought me to tears! The realistic fiction story based on a true story. This book is an amazing story about the Lost Boys. I would love to show this to a class because it is so important for children to see what other cultures and children have to go through. This story is inspirational and so moving.

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Heatherfeather
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Again my 11-year-old's book recommendation was terrific. ☺️🥰

Tamra I agree with your 11 year old! 3y
Heatherfeather @Tamra she's kinda cool 🥰😁 3y
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Nute
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It was discovered on some little obscure table in the back corner of the bookstore, but I think that I need to treat it like a found lost treasure.
This is what I shall read next!

DivineDiana It certainly sounds that way. 💎 3y
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Nute
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It was discovered on some little obscure table in the back corner of the bookstore, but I think that I need to treat it like a found lost treasure.
This is what I shall read next!

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TheNextBook
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I wish I could say that I‘m done traveling for the year but I‘m not. Trying to get as much reading done as possible! Diving into this one now! This is a ProjectLit selelction so I know it‘s good!

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Eggs
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#Africa #letstraveljuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

You came to lift me up
Life is a drink and love's a drug
Oh, now I think I must be miles up
When I was a river dried up
You came to rain a flood🎶
#hymnfortheweekend #julycoldplay

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 3y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 3y
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Bookwormjillk
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This book really puts things in perspective. I‘m going to have both of my kids read this.

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anniebananie22

“If he were older and stronger, would he have given water to those men? Or would he, like most of the group,. Have kept his water for himself?”

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anniebananie22
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This story does an incredible job of expressing hardships and they way life could be. Some children may not understand the possibilities of other children in different countries and this book is a great way to expose them to another type of lifestyle. I think it does a great job of sharing new perspectives and showing an interesting view of two young children from Sudan.

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anniebananie22
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I really love the artwork and use of silhouettes on the cover page. The colors are warm and vibrant which catches my eye. The cover leaves some mystery which I personally enjoy and makes me want to read the entire book.

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Madimccrady22

“He rushed to the door and looked out. Nobody. Nothing. They had left him. He was alone.”

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Madimccrady22

This is a true story about hardships and how different other people live. Some have to find safety no matter how long and hard it will take them.

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Madimccrady22
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Long walk to water by Linda Sue Park is a realistic fiction book that was published in 2010. Nya has gone to the pond to fetch water for her family. She is a hard worker and walks and is on her feet for eight hours a day. Salva is walking away from his ruined village to find safety from his war-torn town. His journey across Africa to Ethiopia and then Kenya will take many years to complete.

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mollsmichele

“Salva felt as if he had walked for hours while staying in exactly the same place.”

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mollsmichele

This is a rather serious story about some of the real life hardships that people face in third world countries. It is something that young children and readers should have the opportunity to be exposed too so they can learn more about our world and potentially how to help it.

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mollsmichele
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This realistic fiction story is actually based on a true story. It was published in 2010 by Clarion Books. This is a mesmerizing dual narrative about two young people in the country in Sudan. They lead very different lives but this story shows how determined survivors may in fact find the future they are hoping for.

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TorieStorieS
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This is my #SouthSudan read for this month‘s #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge. This isn‘t one that I would have read otherwise as I don‘t typically read a lot of Middle Grade books- but this is based on a true story and was a very quick and engaging listen of Sudan both past and present. It‘s well-performed and the audio included a bit from both the man that inspired this and the author. I think this would be great for the classroom!! @JenP

Jee_HookedOnBookz This picture is gorgeous!!! 3y
TorieStorieS @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks so much!!! 😊😊😊 3y
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cmwilliamson316
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Great book over a very important subject.

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Ncostell
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My daughter was reading this for her fifth grade book club at school and wanted me to read it too. It is based on the true story of Salva, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. His incredible journey was horrific yet inspiring and my daughter was amazed at the trials he faced when he was her age. The story of Nya, a girl in Sudan who spends much of her young life walking miles to fetch water for her family is interwoven into the book as well.

DivineDiana What a wonderful choice! 4y
Ncostell @DivineDiana Yes, I think it was a great choice and really opened up my daughter‘s eyes to the plight of others. The fact that it was based on a true story really had an impact on her. 4y
DivineDiana The power of a good book! 4y
Ncostell @DivineDiana. Absolutely! 4y
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beaconhillbooks
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Thank you #SalvaDut.

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beaconhillbooks
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I needed this message of hope today. Highly recommend. Extremely inspiring.

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CoffeeNBooks
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Book haul from my fabulous school librarian today, who's helping me find some great new materials for next year! #TeachersofLitsy #EnglishTeacher #TeacherLife

Crazeedi Lucky you!❤ 4y
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Peaceful_Reader
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It was worth it, Salva thought as he touched his eye gingerly. His belly was a rounded lump stuffed full of honey and beeswax. Nothing had ever tasted so good as those pieces of honeycomb dripping with rich, luscious gold sweetness. Along with everyone else in the group, he had eaten as much as he could hold - and then a little more. #rawhunger #Sudan #stories

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rachelm
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Loved this #mg read with two timelines set in Sudan. Compelling and beautiful! Thanks for letting me borrow it @baberj !

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juliavegan
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“One step at a time, one day at a time, just today, just this day to get through.”