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, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2015]
ISBN: 9780803740815
Branch Call Number: J BRADLEY
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm


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"An abused and inquisitive young girl finds solace and freedom in the British countryside upon the start of World War II." -- Cheresse

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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!!!!

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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!

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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Dec 25, 2017

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

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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