26 December 2010

A Long Walk to Water; Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True StoryA Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know this book has already been talked about as an award winner, and rightly so. Ms. Park's description of the walk of the Lost Boys and the determination of one, Salva Dut, to do something to help his country is stripped down so younger readers can get a feel for the horror and the hope, without the gory details. Combining his story with that of Nya's constant struggle to get enough water (let alone good, clear, uncontaminated water) will, I hope, raise awareness that Africa is a continent in need of help for the simple, basic things we Americans take for granted.

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