The War That Saved My LifeBook - 2015
From Library Staff
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.
This book could be inspiring for girls with low self-esteem as Ada pushes forward and learns to find the positive after years of abuse.
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... Read More »
JCLKariE Jan 14, 2017
This historical fiction novel is inspiring. Ada and her brother, Jamie, overcome a number of obstacles. Ada lives a sad and abusive life before evacuating London. In the countryside with Susan, Ada gains the confidence she needs to learn to read, write, and ride horses. The War that Saved My Life... Read More »
JCLBeckyC Dec 01, 2016
I read this book for our Afterschool Book Club at the Lackman Library. Personally, I feel like the ending is too rushed, and the last scene with Ada and her mother is unbelievable, but otherwise this is a great realistic historical fiction novel that focuses on family dysfunction and child abuse,... Read More »
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elinaghoddami thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14
Rocking_Roo thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 28
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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.
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“Jamie sings like a squirrel.”
― Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War that Saved My Life
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