The War That Saved My LifeBook - 2015
From Library Staff
Deformed and abused, Ada escapes London and her mother during World War II. She finds herself in a new home with people who could actually care for her, but she has to learn to trust first.
At the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like this book. Ada is born with a clubfoot, is forced to stay in the house all day and is beaten by her mother. However it slowly became my favourite title on the Junior list. There are a lot of great life lessons in it and wonderful characters - i... Read More »
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
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green_wolf_1897 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13
burgundy_baboon_330 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13
violet_monkey_2400 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13
red_butterfly_4693 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15
ArapahoeTina thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over
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"You're so stiff. It's like trying to hug a piece of wood." - Susan
“Then I did what I should have done to start with. I taught myself to walk.”
“I wanted to say a lot of things, but, as usual, I didn't have the words for the thoughts inside my head.”
“Jamie sings like a squirrel.”
― Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War that Saved My Life
SummaryAdd a Summary
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!
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.