A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

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Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times bestselling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others.

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. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0547577311
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0547577319
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10+ years, from customers
Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 720L
Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 – 7
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.31 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.62 x 5.13 x 0.39 inches

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