A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park


Set in: Sudan
Summary: The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ 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

When I read books like this I always feel so inspired. Inspiration to do good, to spread the message of a story like this.

My first lesson about The Lost Boys of Sudan came from watching a Veronica Mars episode when I was 23, it was the second time in my life that a story touched me so deeply that my heart hurt and made me want to strive to be a good person. The first being Hotel Rwanda.

I found myself constantly pulling for Salva, when I learned that he is very much a real person that has dedicated his life to helping those who do not have access to clean water I was inspired that much more. This book is sad, it will make your heart hurt but you will find the story of survival so amazing so inspiring that you will quickly remember there are people who strive to do good still.

I read this book because it was a short read to listen to at work while I work on claims, so I never expected to feel this touched from such a powerful book.

This book is the powerful story of survival and I think you really should give it a try. This book has earned a spot on my Jen’s favorites of 2015 shelf, and in fact it might be on my list of favorites of all time. This book is that amazing.

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