Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014
In 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war. Rebels and government forces battle for control, with ordinary people…people like the boy, Salva Dut…caught in the middle. When Salva's village is attacked, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will propel him through horror and heartbreak, across a harsh desert, and into a strange new life.
Years later, in contemporary South Sudan, a girl named Nya must walk eight hours a day to fetch water. The walk is grueling, but there is unexpected hope. How these two stories intersect is told in this fascinating dual narrative, performed by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop, with the assistance of dialect coach James Achueil…who actually made the same journey across Africa when he was one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan."
©2010 Linda Sue Park (P)2013 Full Cast Audio
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Every middle to high school student should read this. Numerous teachable moments. Great opportunities for meaningful discussions.
"Clean Water Please"
It is so easy to take the smallest things for granted when we are used to having them all the time. Take water for example. I love my metal bottles full of cold ice water, and I drink from them all day long. I like my hot shower every morning and I like to brush my teeth and wash my face at night in warm, clean water. I have learned to be thankful for clean water, and to think that it comes into my house, hot or cold, duly filtered of all impurities, virtually at my bidding, is nothing short of a miracle. To have to drink unclean water at this point in my life would be an incredible hardship. To have to walk a three hour round trip twice a day every day to get that dirty water is simply unthinkable. That is the plight of many people in this world. This story is important in so many ways. It is a short book and I recommend it to everyone.
"Makes one appreciate all we have in America"
Nice short story that I plan to share with a kid's book club this summer. In light of how many times I hear the words "I'm bored", "There is nothing good to do", "Can we go get something new? Our toys aren't fun anymore", my hopes are high that this story will shed a new light on all of the blessings we have. Maybe it can spark some appreciation for all the conveniences of life in the USA and empathy for others around the globe who don't even have ready access to life-sustaining clean water. This story has made me stop and be thankful for my life and, at least for now (sorry Amazon), quit wishing for things I don't have nor need.
The perseverance that young Salva exhibits will have more of am impact on my kids because it is a true story. We all fall victim to the "I can't because . . . " statements from time to time. It is so easy to become lazy due to the fact most of the things we don't feel like doing aren't life threatening, immediately at least. Death by crocodile, dehydration and starvation are great motivators. Even after the immediate threat to Salva's life due to his 'rescue' he kept pushing himself well beyond his comfort zone in order to help his fellow countrymen survive. What a way to role model a purpose filled life to today's youth. It would be great if there were children wanting to be Salva rather than LeBron or Beyonce.
I didn't really like this book. It's just not for me. It's too dull and realistic.
"perspective Is a wonderful thing"
realizing how comfortable our lives really are...Is part of this journey ...truly heartbreaking and uplifting at turns
"Narration is slow"
This is a great book. It's suitable to many age levels. My 7th grade students complained that the narration was too slow, that they wanted the narrator to speak a bit faster to keep their attention better. Perhaps the slower narration is geared toward younger audiences?
I had to read it for school and since I like listing to it I used audible.
A book I might compare A Long Walk to Water to is The Chronicles of Narnia because I love them both a lot.
The scene that was my favorite was when the well got finished.
If I could take any character from A Long Walk to Water out to dinner it would be Salva Dut because he got benefited by the well being built in his village.
It was an amazing book and I truly loved it.
"Love the story"
My students love this story, but the recording keeps skipping. Each time it begins a new sentence it will skip the sound of the first letter. This makes it a little hard to follow the story. I hope that they can fix this before we read it again next year.
Yes,the narration matched the story pace.
"One of the best books I have ever read!"
This is THE best book I have ever read with my students. It has turned them into little researching activists. Over the last three years we have contributed more than $6000 to this great cause. Thank you Linda Sue Park.
Difficulty makes man perfect.Every body should fight with it till success .Allways try to help others.
"Incredible story of survival"
The voices are very good and it is read beautifully. It is a powerful story and the voices bring it to life.
The happy ending!
Yes. My 12 year old son and I listened to it and we were gripped by the story.
This is an amazing story, but very sad. It makes you really appreciate what we have. It is about the power of the human spirit. Highly recommended.
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