The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

Book - 2015
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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 : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2015
ISBN: 9780147510488
9780803740815
Branch Call Number: J FIC BRA
Characteristics: 316 p. ;,22 cm.

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Born with a club foot, Ada has only known abuse and neglect from her mother. However, as WWII begins and London families are encouraged to evacuate their children to safety in the countryside. Ada secretly joins her little brother Jamie on the evacuation train. The children are placed on Miss Smi... Read More »


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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

Best book in the world! The war I finally won is the 2nd part of this book and is equally AMAZING!!! Definitely would recommend it to others!! XD

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beaholmes
Nov 04, 2017

another great World War II story for grades 4 and up

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Hammy_Love123
Sep 09, 2017

Love this book! cant wait for the sequel!

LibrLdyMapleValley Aug 02, 2017

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley wrote a follow up to this book! "The War I Finally Won" comes out October 3, 2017.

vpazreads Jul 31, 2017

Great characterization and perspective in a gripping story. Best kids' book I've read this year. Looking forward to the sequel coming out in October!

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Lisa2124
Jul 23, 2017

I agree its the BEST BOOK I've read, I wish there was a second book for it.

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danicapenno
Feb 22, 2018

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Feb 12, 2018

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elinaghoddami
Dec 25, 2017

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Jul 16, 2017

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Jun 22, 2017

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Apr 22, 2016

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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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