This is a review of the ARC of A Long Walk to Water which will be published in November of 2010. I was drawn to the book by the title, as the school where I work has made H2O For Life our service project for the year. We are all learning what a difference water, both wells and sanitation can make in the lives of poor people in some of the countries of Africa, especially in the lives of young girls and their chances for education.
The book follows the stories of two young people in Sudan, and their eventual intersection. Nya, a young girl who must fetch her family’s water every day, often multiple times; and Salva, one of the Lost Boys, whose life is drastically changed by war. They are both survivors and their stories are inspiring. The book is based on a true story.