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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story…

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

by Linda Sue Park

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When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.… (more)



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Civil war lesson book ( )
  KaylynContreras | Oct 7, 2019 |
Should be read by everyone; should be included as required reading at the middle school/high school level. ( )
  Reyesk9 | Sep 23, 2019 |
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 Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
  wichitafriendsschool | May 20, 2019 |
A boy describes his experience walking through central Africa in search of safety. ( )
  addunn3 | Apr 30, 2019 |
This chapter book is diversifying in the classroom! The tale is told from two different perspectives that are suppose to be from enemy tribes then later it's revealed that both stories are woven into each other. This was based on a true story from a boy named Salva, who was a part of a group called "The Lost Boys of Sudan". Through some devastating form of events he was separated from his family at a young age and escaped with a large group of children he later ended up at an orphanage. Salva was later adopted by a family called the Millers, and assisted him with his educational needs. Years later, he decides to return to his village to find his biological parents. Once Salva returns to his village he realizes the desperation they face to retrieve water, and was shocked that nothing had changed during his time away. The intended audience is older students as this relies heavily on historical background knowledge and a plot points. This could be a great way to introduce rising action, falling action, climax, etc. This also allows students to understand a setting they're not used to from the perspective of Salva who is familiar, and guides the reader into his world. ( )
  Stephanie_Reyes | Mar 18, 2019 |
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