Diverse Lit in West Georgia: A Long Walk to Water for Mr. East's English Class at Villa Rica High School

Diverse Lit in West Georgia: A Long Walk to Water for Mr. East's English Class at Villa Rica High School

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021 - Thursday, Apr 01, 2021


Donate a copy of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park to a local student! We're raising funds to donate copies of this best-selling and powerful story to 45 Villa Rica High School students for summer reading. This project is the work of Mr. Shelby East, English teacher for grades 9-12 at Villa Rica High School.

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My students (some who were very reluctant readers) have really given literature a chance this year which has led to many of them finding that they enjoy it. I want to keep the momentum going over the summer. I would love the opportunity to give my students each an interesting and engaging story that they can read over the summer and call their own. I firmly believe that reading has the power to change lives. I also think that being able to own a book that you can call your own is empowering. Funding this project would give me a huge opportunity to continue to encourage my students to explore literature and develop a love for reading.

Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times best-selling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others. 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. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.

This project is part of our Racial Justice & More: Diverse Books for West Georgia initiative at Underground Books. Learn more or donate directly here: https://www.undergroundbooks.net/pages/books/5736/donate-to-the-racial-justice-more-diverse-books-for-west-georgia-fund.