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A Long Walk to Water

Written by: Linda Sue Park
Narrated by: David Baker, Cynthia Bishop
Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

In 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war. Rebels and government forces battle for control, with ordinary people…people like the boy, Salva Dut…caught in the middle. When Salva's village is attacked, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will propel him through horror and heartbreak, across a harsh desert, and into a strange new life.

Years later, in contemporary South Sudan, a girl named Nya must walk eight hours a day to fetch water. The walk is grueling, but there is unexpected hope. How these two stories intersect is told in this fascinating dual narrative, performed by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop, with the assistance of dialect coach James Achueil…who actually made the same journey across Africa when he was one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan."

©2010 Linda Sue Park (P)2013 Full Cast Audio

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BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ

It’s a must read to any human being!!! Absolutely incredible story!! I’d recommend it to anyone!

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interesting book

Nice story severely hurt by poor reading performance. Being the book was portrayed as a fictional novel, I was expecting more character development and story. It read more as a documentary.

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  • Addy Loo
  • 2019-01-06

This is truly a "don't judge a book by its cover" situation! !

My teacher assigned this book to us because we are learning about Africa. Of course, the thought that goes through everyone's mind is ughh! Another boring book! I started reading and couldn't stop! Such a great book that is very informational! I put South Sudan and all of Africa in my prayers! This book was a great if way of shining a light on one of the many problems of the world!💗👍

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  • Sara Adkins
  • 2015-07-17

Excellent!

Every middle to high school student should read this. Numerous teachable moments. Great opportunities for meaningful discussions.

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  • happycrazymommy
  • 2015-06-29

Makes one appreciate all we have in America

Nice short story that I plan to share with a kid's book club this summer. In light of how many times I hear the words "I'm bored", "There is nothing good to do", "Can we go get something new? Our toys aren't fun anymore", my hopes are high that this story will shed a new light on all of the blessings we have. Maybe it can spark some appreciation for all the conveniences of life in the USA and empathy for others around the globe who don't even have ready access to life-sustaining clean water. This story has made me stop and be thankful for my life and, at least for now (sorry Amazon), quit wishing for things I don't have nor need.

The perseverance that young Salva exhibits will have more of am impact on my kids because it is a true story. We all fall victim to the "I can't because . . . " statements from time to time. It is so easy to become lazy due to the fact most of the things we don't feel like doing aren't life threatening, immediately at least. Death by crocodile, dehydration and starvation are great motivators. Even after the immediate threat to Salva's life due to his 'rescue' he kept pushing himself well beyond his comfort zone in order to help his fellow countrymen survive. What a way to role model a purpose filled life to today's youth. It would be great if there were children wanting to be Salva rather than LeBron or Beyonce.

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  • Ann M. Carbonell
  • 2017-06-24

Great Exposure to Life in Sudan in the late 20 th Century

The book was about adventure and hope and a great example of a young persons perseverance during a
war of genocide.

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  • Sher from Provo
  • 2016-06-02

Clean Water Please

It is so easy to take the smallest things for granted when we are used to having them all the time. Take water for example. I love my metal bottles full of cold ice water, and I drink from them all day long. I like my hot shower every morning and I like to brush my teeth and wash my face at night in warm, clean water. I have learned to be thankful for clean water, and to think that it comes into my house, hot or cold, duly filtered of all impurities, virtually at my bidding, is nothing short of a miracle. To have to drink unclean water at this point in my life would be an incredible hardship. To have to walk a three hour round trip twice a day every day to get that dirty water is simply unthinkable. That is the plight of many people in this world. This story is important in so many ways. It is a short book and I recommend it to everyone.

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  • khvizdak
  • 2018-07-19

Excellent story

By the end of the story I was cheering for the characters. The story was very moving and gave a glimpse into the lives of the people that lived through the war torn time in Sudan.

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  • mathmom
  • 2018-06-16

The lost boys

I learned so much about the Lost Boys of the South Sudan, and it fueled my desire to learn more. What an amazing full circle story.

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  • Steph Cherry
  • 2017-09-04

Great True Story.

I read this to preview it for my daughter. It was a fantastic story. You will love the people. You will be challenged. There are the deaths of two people that I prepared my girl for. It's a well told story.

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  • J. Davidson
  • 2017-08-09

7 and 10 year olds love it

Great book based on a true story. There are stories of people getting killed, dying, and hardships of traveling by foot through deserts or the bush. However, the author does a great job making them "kid-friendly".

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  • nikki
  • 2017-08-22

Understandable choice for middle grades

A true "war"/victims of war story that isn't graphic. The narrating is excellent. Salva is relatable, even if you are a teen who isn't from South Sudan.

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