Author: Linda Sue Park
Genre: young adult, middle grade
Nya goes to the pond to fetch water for her family. She walks eight hours every day.
Salva walks away from his war-torn Village. He is a “lost boy” refugee, destined to cover Africa on foot, searching for his family and safety.
Two young people…two stories.
One country: Sudan.
This mesmerizing dual narrative follows two threads—one unfolding in 2008 and one in 1985–with one hopeful message: that even in a troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for.
This story filled my heart!❤️ If you have not read this book, please go and find it, it is so powerful! It is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year! It has made me appreciate all that I take for granted, such as clean drinking water.
This story written in 2010, is so relevant today as our world continues to warm up and clean drinking water becomes a bigger issue. Climate migration is only going to become even more of an issue as temperatures rise, especially for South Africa.
This story mainly follows Salva, a young boy in Sudan, and several years of his life that he struggled to survive and find his family after his village was attacked by rebel fighters. He became separated from his family after fleeing the village and walked for many days… days without food or water, with the constant threat of war, lions, and even crocodiles.
Salva’s determination and leadership just warmed my heart and inspired me.
As the story leads you through his journey starting in 1985, you also see glimpses of Nya, a girl also living in Sudan, who fetches water for her family(water that is muddy and full of bacteria), walking eight miles everyday in 2008. At the end of this story their paths cross and it literally made me cry as I finished this story.
This book is based on a true story and has a message from Salva at the end of the book, with an update from the author written in 2015 on what impact this book has had in Sudan.
Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did?❤️
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