by Linda Sue Park
Clarion Books, 2010
160 pages, ages 10-12
Companion picture book:
Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time,
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
A Long Walk to Water
A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid 1990s.
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 150 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.
Speaking at Your School: Linda Sue regrets that for the foreseeable future she will not be scheduling school visits or Skypes.
If your school is interested in learning more about A Long Walk to Water, she strongly recommends a skype or a visit from author/illustrator Jim Averbeck. Jim knows all about Salva’s story because he illustrated the original version, which appeared as a newspaper serial. He’s also written and illustrated several other wonderful books.
Click here for more information about Jim’s school visits and a free download of his illustrations for the book.
2011 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (NY)
2012 Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee (MA)
2012 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (ND)
2012 Great Lakes Book Award Nominee (MI)
2012 Kentucky Blue Grass Award Nominee
2012 Maine Student Book Award Nominee
2013 Golden Sower Award Nominee (NE)
2013 South Carolina Association of School Librarians Award Nominee
2013 Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)