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The New York Times Best Seller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two 11-year-olds in Sudan: a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is a two-hour 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.
Topics covered in this book include survival, war and peace, orphans and foster homes, and Africa and Sudan.
Lexile Measure: 720L
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©2010. Middle school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover. 128 pages.