A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Waterby Linda Sue Park • Historical fiction

Salva’s life disintegrates into chaos when his school in South Sudan is invaded by rebels. Running in terror, he loses his family, his home and all that he knows. Now all he can do is walk to survive: “one step at a time, one day at a time, just today.” Over time, those days add up into an epic journey through three different countries where his life is threatened by armed rebels, starvation, thirst and wild animals. When he finally arrives at an Ethiopian refugee camp, his journey is still not complete. This is just an interim in the remarkable true story of his life.

Salva is an inspiration: he took a terrible tragedy and turned it into a story of courage and selfless giving. This is a short story, but a memorable one. Well worth reading.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin • ISBN: 0547577311