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The War That Saved My Life (Paperback)

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If you read the description of this book on its back cover, or posted here on our website, you will have a pretty good idea of the plot. What that simple plot description doesn't convey is the fantastic character development, which is what I really loved. The main characters include: a girl named Ada overcoming a history of abuse and learning to trust adults; her younger brother, who misses his mother even though she neglected him; and a woman overcoming her own personal grief in order to offer her imperfect but much needed love to these children. This was a wonderful read, for adults and kids alike, and the sequel, The War I Finally Won, is also great! 

— From Jill's Picks


*2016 Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the 2016 Schneider Family Book Award

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II. For fans of Counting by 7s and Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Ten-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 for 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?

About the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley lives on a forty-two-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee. She is the author of several books for children, including Leap of Faith, and Jefferson's Sons.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780147510488
ISBN-10: 0147510481
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English