A Long Walk to Water

Linda Sue Park

The book A Long Walk To Water received the 2011 Jane Addams Children's Book Award (NY)(lspark.com)

This book is based on a true story , is told in alternating sections , and is very captivating. The main characters of this book are Salva and Nya . It truly depicts an idea as to what is actually happening to people in other places of the world , including Sudan.
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Linda Sue Parks and Salva Dut

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A Long Walk to Water is one of many of Linda Sue Parks' compelling books

A few other books she wrote are A Single Shard, Seesaw Girl, and The Kite Fighters (scholastics.com)

Linda Sue Parks Interview

"I've been writing for as long as I can remember, and reading even before that. My mom still has stories that I wrote when I was in kindergarten. I was a reader and a re-reader. That's the main reason I became a writer. My first publication was a haiku in a children's magazine when I was 9 years old. I received one dollar for it! I gave the check to my dad for Christmas, and he framed it and hung it over his desk. About a year later the magazine company wrote to me, asking me to cash the check. I wrote back to explain where it was, and they said it was okay if my dad kept it. He still has it to this day!

That was back in Illinois, where I was born and raised. My parents had immigrated to the United States from Korea. My dad was determined to have an American life, so I grew up feeling completely American. I did visit Korea, though, when I was about 11. It didn't leave much of an impression on me at the time, but now my travels help me set the scene for my books. For example, having been in my aunt's traditional Korean house helped me imagine an important part of the setting of my first book, Seesaw Girl." (scholastic.com)