Monday, January 10, 2011

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Did you know that there was a civil war and genocide in Africa in the 1980s and 90s in which millions of people died? Those who survived were driven from their villages and had to endure horrible conditions in refugee camps. A Long Walk to Water is based on this genocide and the aftermath.

This novel is based on a true story about a boy named Salva who was 9 when his village was attacked. He had to flee to Ethiopia and then Kenya in order to survive. Salva's story is amazing! You have to read this book to believe all that he went through. The novel also relays the story of a girl named Nya who lives in Sudan in 2010. The two stories cross at the end in a surprising way.

This novel is an easy and enjoyable read. You will learn a lot about the people who became known as The Lost Boys of Sudan.

Mrs. Gallagher