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(I had bought this book for my 10year old son. Below is the review written by him):
"A long walk to water gives readers a closer look on how life is in the poorer countries. It tells the stories of two different children in different parts of Sudan: Salva and Nya.
Salva is a Sudanese boy who, when gunfire breaks out while he's at school, is forced to go on the run due to the civil war - leaving his family behind. The story focuses on the heart wrenching details of his journey.
Nya is a young girl whose story takes place several years after that of Salva. Also a child living in Sudan. Nya's job is to make very long journeys to fetch water for their family
They face many hardships but always overcome them in some way. it shows us about the true life of the refugees and orphans. It is well written and captivates the reader through the various emotions of the characters.
It was a great read and I was surprised to find that it was a true story about a real boy. It was entertaining and serious at times. The main character Salva has a lot of ups and downs in his life. After starting to read the book I couldn't help but finish it in less than a week
I bought this book based on so many good reviews. I am very surprised that so many people think this is a good book. The subject of people suffering in war is, of course, relevant, however, the book is written in a dry language and does not evoke any feelings. It is basically a summary of events rather than a story. I would not recommend this book.
Great for age 9-99! Especially poignant with regard to the present refugee crisis this book is a one day compelling read for children (although worth it for adults to read too when the children have finished).