A Long Walk to Water is a #1 New York Times bestseller
written by Linda Sue Park
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.
Just Add Water is the true story of Salva Dut's journey from South Sudan to the founding of Water for South Sudan.
It is a story about a son's love for his father, a journey of hope, and a desire to improve the lives of others with the gift of clean water. It recounts Salva Dut’s journey as an 11 year old boy fleeing his home to escape a civil war, his struggle for survival as a "Walking Boy" in the harsh landscape of South Sudan and as a refugee in camps in both Ethiopia and Kenya.
Salva's journey seemingly ends in America until he discovers many years later that is father is alive but ill, and that life for his people back in South Sudan is extremely difficult in part due to the lack of clean drinking water. Salva’s journey then comes full circle as he returns to South Sudan to reunite with his father and transform the lives of his people with the simple gift of water.
The book is written for third to sixth grade reading levels. You can see a sample excerpt of the book here.
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