My kids are back in school and I am excited to get back to sharing books with you. To transition into business as usual, I thought I’d start things off by highlighting my favorite reads from this summer. Today, allow me to share book 5 of 5:
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.
My twins read this book as part of a class assignment. They were in 6th grade at the time. Their class held fundraisers to build a well in Africa. (I love that their teachers took this project on.) Although A Long Walk to Water has been on my radar for a long time, I finally got around to reading it this summer.
Wow. It is a short book (just over 100 pages) but man, it tells a powerful story.
The story goes back and forth between two eleven-year-olds. Nya is a girl in Sudan in 2008 who has to walk 2 hours every day to get water. Salva, is a boy who becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. His story begins around 1985. The book follows his treacherous journey as he flees his home country to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. This journey includes so many hard things, including the death of friends. He goes through several refugee camps and eventually makes his way to America.
This book is based on a true story. It is the story of lives that are very different from my own which is another reason why it is an important book to read. It is the kind of book that makes you thankful for what you have and inspires you to do more for those in need. It is the kind of book that makes you sigh when you finsh it because you are thankful you read it.
I hope you and your kids will consider reading it too.
On a side note, I told my husband he should read it when I finished. He reads a lot of books but finishes only a few. This one he finished.
If you choose to read it AND are interested in doing more, Charity Water (an organization that uses 100% of your donation to fund water projects) is a great place to start.
What are some inspiring true stories you have read lately?