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The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


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#1 "New York Times"Bestseller
Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School)
"Wall Street Journal"Best Children's Books of 2015
New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

An 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

#1 "New York Times"Bestseller
Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School)
"Wall Street Journal"Best Children's Books of 2015
New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

An 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 historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity a classic in the making."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803740815
  • ISBN-10: 0803740816
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Bradley (Jefferson’s Sons) examines WWII through the eyes of a disabled child eager to escape her life of neglect and abuse. With the threat of German bombs being dropped on London, most parents are anxious to get their children out of the city. But Ada’s mother, shamed by her daughter’s deformed foot, doesn’t seem to care. Ada takes it upon herself to board an evacuee train with her younger brother and, without their Mam’s knowledge, they arrive in a country village with a crowd of students. Malnourished and filthy, the siblings are placed with Miss Smith, a woman lacking any experience with children, who claims she isn’t “nice.” Nonetheless, she offers Ada and Jamie food, clothing, and security, and she owns a pony that Ada is determined to learn to ride. In this poignant story, Bradley celebrates Ada’s discovery of the world outside her dismal flat, movingly tracing her growing trust of strangers and her growing affection for Miss Smith. Proving that her courage and compassion carry far more power than her disability, Ada earns self-respect, emerges a hero, and learns the meaning of home. Ages 9–12. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Jan.)

 
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