A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park
A Long Walk to Water is two stories in one. Though the stories begin in the same country (South Sudan) with children the same age, they are set years apart. The two stories which run parallel seem unrelated until they intersect at the end. The minor story is about a girl named Nya who journeys each day to collect water for her family. The main story is of a young boy, Salva, who escapes an attack on his village by rebel soldiers. Not knowing the fate of his family or his village, Salva joins other fleeing refugees walking from South Sudan, to Ethiopia, to Kenya. His journey is full of uncertainty and danger. Salva ends up spending years in refugee camps before he is able to immigrate to the United States. As a young man, Salva returns to his native country where he is determined to make a difference. This book which is based on a true story has adventure and unexpected twists. A Long Walk to Water is truly inspiring with its message of perseverance and hope.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.