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The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985.
The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay.
Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
Info for Students
Student Reading Assignment
One Book, One Community Project
Bishop O’Dowd High School
What’s the assignment?
All students are expected to have read A Long Walk to Water before arriving on campus for the fall 2015 semester. There is no written assignment during the summer although you may want to research the author or events in Sudan to provoke your thinking about the book.
How will I use this book?
You will be involved in classroom discussions of the book in your classes as well as have opportunity to attend theme-related events on campus. You will be tested in class on the first day of school to make sure that you read the book. The test will consist of straightforward objective questions on significant events from the book.
How do I obtain a copy of the book?
The book will be available through www.bishopodowd.bkstr.com. You are welcome to purchase the book through a bookstore of your choice.
A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair will provide a 20% discount for the Bishop O’Dowd community.
6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA. 94611
What are the product details?
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a true story
Author: Linda Su Parker
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Authors
Publication Date: 2011