The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

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A Wall Street Journal's Best Children's Book of 2015An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? This masterful work of...
Audience: 580
Text Difficulty 2 - Text Difficulty 3
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781101637807
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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JCLJoyceM Jan 12, 2018

For years, Ada has been abused by her mother, and leaving home with other children to escape the expected bombing of London is a blessing. Ada often puts herself down and is distrustful of adults. This book could be inspiring for girls with low self-esteem as Ada pushes forward and learns to find the positive.

Dec 25, 2017

Best book in the world! The war I finally won is the 2nd part of this book and is equally AMAZING!!! Definitely would recommend it to others!! XD

Nov 04, 2017

another great World War II story for grades 4 and up

Sep 09, 2017

Love this book! cant wait for the sequel!

LibrLdyMapleValley Aug 02, 2017

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley wrote a follow up to this book! "The War I Finally Won" comes out October 3, 2017.

vpazreads Jul 31, 2017

Great characterization and perspective in a gripping story. Best kids' book I've read this year. Looking forward to the sequel coming out in October!

Jul 23, 2017

I agree its the BEST BOOK I've read, I wish there was a second book for it.

Jul 22, 2017

This book is one of the best books i've ever read, it is soooooo good. If you're wondering about getting it, you should definetly get it. Leave a like if you agree :D

Jul 20, 2017

Excellent book. Great story about a two children during the beginnings of WWII who leave London as part of Operation Pied Piper. This story is well told, simple, yet complex. Highly recommended for middle grade as well as adults.

archreads Jul 18, 2017

This is a historical fiction novel set in England during WWII. It follows 10 year old Ada, who is disabled , and her six year old brother as they are evacuated from London to the country to avoid bombings. Well written and emotionally believable, it's a wonderful book for middle school readers and families.

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Dec 25, 2017

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Dec 25, 2017

This book is about a young girl, Ada, and her little brother, Jamie, who leave their abusive mother during war. They come across paths of a lady, Susan, who takes care of them until the war is over. When the mother comes back looking for them, Ada refuses to go home but goes for the sake of her and Jamie's good. One day she and her mother make a deal for them to leave without payment. the mother agrees and they go back to Susan who loves them for who they really are.

This is a heartfelt story with a twisted plot which I'm sure everyone will love! I strongly recommend this book for a gift!

Jul 06, 2016

My favorite summer read so far. The book revolves around a girl, Ada and her brother. Set in the beginning of WWII, the story begins in the slums of London and then transfers to an English countryside town. The contrast between the city and countryside was startling. The book is appropriate for children (4th grade and up), but is a joy for an adult to read also. Highly recommended.


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Dec 25, 2017

“Jamie sings like a squirrel.”
― Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War that Saved My Life

Jul 06, 2016

“But what do I do with them?" Miss Smith said "I've never been around children." "Feed them, bathe them, make sure they get plenty of sleep," the doctor said. "They're no more difficult than puppies, really." He grinned”


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