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
Former teacher, technology professional development facilitator, gardner, crafter, and avid reader
Every middle to high school student should read this. Numerous teachable moments. Great opportunities for meaningful discussions.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
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.
This is a great book. It's suitable to many age levels. My 7th grade students complained that the narration was too slow, that they wanted the narrator to speak a bit faster to keep their attention better. Perhaps the slower narration is geared toward younger audiences?
I had to read it for school and since I like listing to it I used audible.
A book I might compare A Long Walk to Water to is The Chronicles of Narnia because I love them both a lot.
The scene that was my favorite was when the well got finished.
If I could take any character from A Long Walk to Water out to dinner it would be Salva Dut because he got benefited by the well being built in his village.
It was an amazing book and I truly loved it.
My students love this story, but the recording keeps skipping. Each time it begins a new sentence it will skip the sound of the first letter. This makes it a little hard to follow the story. I hope that they can fix this before we read it again next year.
Yes,the narration matched the story pace.
This is THE best book I have ever read with my students. It has turned them into little researching activists. Over the last three years we have contributed more than $6000 to this great cause. Thank you Linda Sue Park.
I am in school and this is a great book people die and it has two story's that come together at the end. It is in Africa and it makes us Americans feel spoiled. At the end it is awesome and surprising I really did not see that coming.It is sad, happy, I was laughing and crying! You should read this book it will change your mind and think of the things you can do to help. This is my Favorite book. 5 Starz ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Incredible story of survival"
The voices are very good and it is read beautifully. It is a powerful story and the voices bring it to life.
The happy ending!
Yes. My 12 year old son and I listened to it and we were gripped by the story.
This is an amazing story, but very sad. It makes you really appreciate what we have. It is about the power of the human spirit. Highly recommended.
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