In the print edition of today’s New York Times, A LONG WALK TO WATER is #4 on the middle-grade bestseller list. This would be thrilling in any case, but it’s even more special because the book, about a Sudanese ‘Lost Boy’ refugee, was first published in 2010. It’s unusual for a book to make it onto the list for the first time three years after publication.
How did it happen? Because of teachers, librarians, students and schools all over the country, and even internationally. From classroom readalouds to all-school and community-wide reads, young people and the adults in their lives have taken Salva Dut’s story to heart. Often it’s been a teacher or librarian who reads the book and shares it widely. Sometimes it’s a young person: I’ve received several letters from adults who read the book after it was recommended to them by an enthusiastic young reader.
THANK YOU ALL, from the bottom of my heart–to every person who has read the book, read it and shared it, read it and talked about it. And more importantly, thanks also from Salva, his organization www.waterforsouthsudan.org, and the *hundreds of thousands* of people living in South Sudan who now have access to clean water because of donations from people who read the book.
Amazing. Simply amazing. And please don’t stop now–let’s see how long we can keep spreading the word! 🙂