This short novel has two storylines; one follows Salva, a young boy, as he tries to escape the war in Sudan in the 1980s; the other set in the present follows Nya, a young girl who has to make a long trip each and every day to get water from the local waterhole. Linda Sue Park, the author, wrote this book after meeting Salva. She thought more people should know about what has happened in Sudan and the good work Salva is now doing there.
You can find out more about the author and the book here and watch a short video where Linda tells you about the book and you’ll get to meet Salva too! http://www.lindasuepark.com/books/longwalk/longwalk.html