The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

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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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780803740815
0803740816
9780147510488
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Bradley Kimberly 01/2015
Characteristics: 316 pages ;,22 cm

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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.

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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... Read More »

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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 »

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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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AN3786
Sep 06, 2018

I really loved reading this book, I enjoyed learning more about The World War. Go Ada!!!!

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Kaelynmcintyre
Aug 21, 2018

This book captured my heart in the first sentence! I felt as if I was with Ada every step of the way. I CAN'T WAIT till I get the war I finally won!
I think that everyone should read this book

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orange_ant_301
Aug 09, 2018

This a great book to read about World War 2. Also a great way to see how to survive and thrive with disabilities.

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rstocksf
Jul 31, 2018

My 9-year-old granddaughter recommended this book, and I found it to be one of the best Historical Fiction Juvenile books I have read. I couldn’t put it down.

This is one of my all time favorite books. I'm so excited to read The War I Finally Won!
Definitly 5 star.

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chenrong
Jul 10, 2018

The war that saved my life is a very good, but sad book. I loved the plot and how interesting it is. It was very touching and I almost cried during reading this book. It was so good and I loved it I couldn't imagine what it was like to be those kids. This totally moved me and I was as sad and also I loved it

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violet_dog_11260
Apr 07, 2018

This is an amazing book that will have you shocked how much hope Ada has. This is a touching and moving book and when I heard that the second one was out I literally sprinted to the nearest book store and purchased it.

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EvelynWeiser
Mar 18, 2018

I read this book to my nine year old and we both loved it. The main character is so relatable, as a person who is different, which most people feel on some level. And the whole premise of her escaping to the country during WWII and blossoming with the love of the woman who cares for her and her brother, is very moving.

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danicapenno
Feb 22, 2018

Ada is such an amazing girl she will inspire many young girls

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.

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elinaghoddami
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!

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Mletterman
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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elinaghoddami
Dec 25, 2017

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

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Mletterman
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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