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A Long Walk to Water Audiobook

A Long Walk to Water

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Carrie A Dixon 07-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    this book was so boring i never wish that i had ever even thought about reading it

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    Amazon Customer 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    I LOVE THIS BOOK. IT WAS SAD WHEN THE UNCLE DIED.THE BOOK WAS NARRATED GREAT TOO.😄😄

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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-02-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-02-16 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Clean Water Please"

    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.

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    Somebody 05-27-16
    Somebody 05-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "True Story?!😐"

    I can't believe that this was a true story. It's so much fun to listen too Salva and Nya I didn't think those stories were related

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    Sara Adkins 07-17-15
    Sara Adkins 07-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Former teacher, technology professional development facilitator, gardner, crafter, and avid reader

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    "Excellent!"

    Every middle to high school student should read this. Numerous teachable moments. Great opportunities for meaningful discussions.

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    happycrazymommy Michigan 06-29-15
    happycrazymommy Michigan 06-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Makes one appreciate all we have in America"

    Nice short story that I plan to share with a kid's book club this summer. In light of how many times I hear the words "I'm bored", "There is nothing good to do", "Can we go get something new? Our toys aren't fun anymore", my hopes are high that this story will shed a new light on all of the blessings we have. Maybe it can spark some appreciation for all the conveniences of life in the USA and empathy for others around the globe who don't even have ready access to life-sustaining clean water. This story has made me stop and be thankful for my life and, at least for now (sorry Amazon), quit wishing for things I don't have nor need.

    The perseverance that young Salva exhibits will have more of am impact on my kids because it is a true story. We all fall victim to the "I can't because . . . " statements from time to time. It is so easy to become lazy due to the fact most of the things we don't feel like doing aren't life threatening, immediately at least. Death by crocodile, dehydration and starvation are great motivators. Even after the immediate threat to Salva's life due to his 'rescue' he kept pushing himself well beyond his comfort zone in order to help his fellow countrymen survive. What a way to role model a purpose filled life to today's youth. It would be great if there were children wanting to be Salva rather than LeBron or Beyonce.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Drkstr 09-04-15
    Drkstr 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story..."

    I'm sure there is a great story behind this book. Just not very well written. Someone decided to add music and drums in between chapters - ugh, it's awful! On the bright side I learned about Sudan and it's only 2 hours long.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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