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.
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This book had me in tears. All that Salva went through left me feeling every emotion, from fear, to love, to loss, to heartache and joy and longing to help. This young boy experienced it all -- and more than any child should. There are a few heavy things to get through. Check out the parent's guide to find out more specifics about what is in it. Overall, this book left me feeling inspired to do more for others. It was a very good book.
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