A Long Walk to Water is the simplified and fictionalized story of Salva Dut, one of the "Lost Boys" of the Sudanese civil war of the 1980's. His story of survival is interwoven with the story of Nya, a young girl in a Southern Sudanese village without a reliable water source in 2008.
A Long Walk to Water is one of the five potential options that rising 7th graders in our community can select for summer reading. As a book to introduce the South Sudanese civil war and the co-existing inter-tribal rivalries to middle grade readers, even younger middle grade readers, it works well enough. As a book for adults, A Long Walk to Water leaves out too much to be compelling.