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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara Adkins on 07-17-15


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

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ann M. Carbonell on 06-24-17

Great Exposure to Life in Sudan in the late 20 th Century

The book was about adventure and hope and a great example of a young persons perseverance during a
war of genocide.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By KV on 04-10-18

Great story, very irritating reading and direction

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better direction and production of the reading.

What did you like best about this story?

Accessible, well described, touching and brought to life a whole period of recent history which I remember and am happy to now be able to share with young readers too.It told a harsh and brutal story in a reasoned and thoughtful way for readers of young ages - without changing the reality - an important lesson for young people about the real world.

What didn’t you like about David Baker and Cynthia Bishop ’s performance?

Better directorial choices for the reading. For the most part, the reading was great - well performed for the adult roles.

The children's parts however, were read with exactly the same mock shock and awe tone, regardless of content, and always within an echo chamber effect. I tried to convince myself that it was done to make it clear for children - but I teach 6 year olds who would have found this approach insulting. I had to keep pausing my listening to stop the irritation the reading inspired.

It is a great story which I only persevered with because I am hoping to meet the author soon... shame on you directors, you shouldn't insult your listeners like this, no matter what age.

I have recommended the book with a caveat that it shouldn't be listened to in this format.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Long Walk to Water?

No issues with the editing

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 02-20-18

very informative

this is a great adaptation of a true story and I loved to her the man himself talk about his experience.

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