Long walk to water book summary
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan 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.
A Long Walk to Water
Before leaving Africa, Salva's life is one of harrowing tragedy. Separated from his family by war and forced to travel on foot through hundreds of miles of hostile territory, he survives starvation, animal attacks, and disease, and ultimately leads a group of about boys to safety in Kenya. Relocated to upstate New York, Salva resourcefully learns English and continues on to college. Eventually he returns to his home region in southern Sudan to establish a foundation that installs deep-water wells in remote villages in dire need of clean water. This poignant story of Salva's life is told side-by-side with the story of Nya, a young girl who lives today in one of those villages. Download the Discussion Guide
The book alternates between two storylines: one beginning in and revolving around Salva Dut, an eleven-year-old boy living in the South Sudanese village of Loun-Ariik; the other beginning in and revolving around a young South Sudanese girl named Nya.
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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The book alternates between two storylines: one beginning in and revolving around Salva Dut , an eleven-year-old boy living in the South Sudanese village of Loun-Ariik; the other beginning in and revolving around a young South Sudanese girl named Nya. On day in , Salva is sitting in school when he hears the sound of gunfire. In the chaos, Salva is separated from his parents and siblings. Salva joins up with a large group of people from his village, and the group begins to wander across Sudan in the hopes of finding a safe refugee camp. After weeks of wandering across Sudan, Salva befriends another boy in the group, whose name is Marial.