The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

Book - 2015
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Jun 11, 2019

Amazing book that kids who love the historical fiction novels would like. I definitely would suggest to 5th grader and up for the thrill of drama and sadness.

May 06, 2019

a heartbreaking story. amazing, reccommended for twelve year olds and up. this is one of my favourite books.

Mar 25, 2019

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I've read it multiple times and never get tired of it. It's an amazing true story about a 12 year old girl named Ada in WWII, she goes with her brother to the country and lives with a lady named Susan who is like a mother to them. Ada has a bad leg is Susan helps her to learn how to walk. Truly amazing and heart lifting story about who good can come out of the worst things you could think of.

Mar 23, 2019

Truly incredible book! Ada and her brother move out of their house and go to live with a mourning old lady because of the war. A tale of loss, heartbreak, kindness, and friendship. I defiantly recommend this book!

samcmar Mar 08, 2019

I may have ugly cried my way through the end of this book. This is a story about being displaced, learning to cope with disability and abuse, and trying to forge out and find strength when everything seems hopeless. Yes, this storyline has been done before, especially in terms of books related to war, and yet I found myself completely absorbed into the pages of Ada and Jamie's story.

First off, the writing in this book is stunning. Ada's voice suits her age, but never feels dumbed down or completely mature either. She's young, disabled and uneducated, but she has a desire to understand the world around her. Her curiosity is easily her best asset, as Ada gets into a ton of trouble. However, she's very sincere and strong, and I love her desire to protect and even educate Jamie, her brother. Can I also just say I loved that Ada had a disability? I think her foot issues were an interesting addition to her characterization, and as someone who suffers from having one foot shorter than the other by an inch, she had my sympathy throughout!

Brubaker Bradley really breathes life into her characters and the World War II backdrop. There's something very vivid and chilling about Ada's home life and her desire to feel connected even in times of war. Moreover, every character feels fleshed out just enough without being over-developed. I adored Susan, and a lot of her story made me so sad, especially her attachment to the children. I wanted to smack Ada and Jamie's real parents I don't know how many times because their logic for raising children was insanely baffling.

The thing about The War that Saved My Life is that it's an emotional story, and one that keeps the reader engaged because you want to see the outcome of the story, even if it's a touch obvious. You want to read about Ada and Jamie's growth because they are so easy to empathize with. It's a book that makes you feel like your sharing in the children's triumphs as much as you are dealing in their disappointments. I cannot recommend this book enough, as its easily one of the most thoughtful and engaging middle grade novels I've read in recent memory.

Feb 20, 2019

This is a truly beautiful and poignant book. The main characters are lovable and storyline fluctuates from heartbreaking to heartwarming.

Jan 17, 2019

One of the best children's historical fiction I have read. This book has depth and makes you think of things, even as a child, that you don't stop to ponder normally. This story is moving and made me thankful for the time and place I live and all that God has blessed me with. It's a great reminder to not treat those that are different as less and that with determination, you can overcome challenges you didn't ask for and move past the wrongs that have been done to you. I highly recommend this book.

ArapahoeMarcia Jan 16, 2019

Join Ada on her journey from London slums to the English countryside at the start of WWII. An unforgettable read!

Jan 10, 2019

This book is fantastic! My daughter loved Ada and her brave and outgoing spirit. She is definitely looking forward to the sequel!

Sep 06, 2018

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Nov 04, 2017

another great World War II story for grades 4 and up

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.

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!

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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