Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is a book that makes you think about what great opportunity we have in the United States and what extreme challenges people have in other countries.  It's a story about war and tragedy, but also a story about hope and perseverance.  The story takes place in war-ridden Sudan and exposes readers to issues such as extreme poverty, racism, religious intolerance and genocide.

This book tells two stories.  One about a boy named Salva, the other about a girl named Nya.  Salva was one of the lost boys, who was separated from his family and had to learn how to survive as a young boy in a country torn by war.  Nya walks miles every day just to provide her family with water so they might survive one more day.  Nya's and Salva's stories are separated by time, but intertwined by location and reinforces how the work of one individual can make such a profound difference in the lives of many.

Click here to view a video book trailer.

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