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    Kimberly Brubaker Bradley(Author)

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A MODERN CHILDREN'S CLASSIC SET IN BLITZ-ERA LONDON

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds, set during World War II.


Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room flat. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn t waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Miss Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in the two children. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan - and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity - a classic in the making.

A Newbery Honour Book Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School) Winner of the Josette Frank Award New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books 2015Wall Street Journal: Best Children's Books of 2015 New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books 2015Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2015KirkusBest Books of 2015Horn Book Fanfare Book 2015"Ada's voice is brisk and honest; her dawning realizations are made all the more poignant for their simplicity… Things come to an explosive head, metaphorically and literally. Ignorance and abuse are brought to light, as are the healing powers of care, respect and love. Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration."--Kirkus starred review"Proving that her courage and compassion carry far more power than her disability, Ada earns self-respect, emerges a hero, and learns the meaning of home."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"Involving, poignant, nuanced . . . This is a feel-good story, but an earned one . . . distinct and powerful in its own right." -- The Horn Book, starred review"There is much to like here - Ada's engaging voice, the vivid setting, the humour, the heartbreak, but most of all the tenacious will to survive." -- School Library Journal"The home-front realities of WWII, as well as Ada's realistic anger and fear, come to life in Bradley's affecting and austerely told story, and readers will cheer for steadfast Ada as she triumphs over despair.' -- The Bookseller Bradley presents this episode in Britain s history in a form that young readers will appreciate, learn from and enjoy: a moral tale wrapped up in an adventure story... A moving and uplifting read.' --BookMooch A beautifully written and very moving book, bound to be an instant classic... A beautiful story of hope and family.' - Booktopia'It's a story about love, the importance of love, and how gentle, understanding and loyal love can surmount any difficulties and change people's lives forever. Highly recommended.' --The Bookbag"Achingly lovely . . . Nuanced and emotionally acute, this vivid tale from the wartime home front will have readers ages 10-14 wincing at Ada's stumbles and rejoicing to the point of tears in her victories." --The Wall Street Journal"The home-front realities of WWII, as well as Ada s realistic anger and fear, come to life in Bradley s affecting and austerely told story, and readers will cheer for steadfast Ada as she triumphs over despair." -- Booklist"Skillful, smooth … Ada's tough journey from brokenness to healing is poignantly credible in its development and emotionally satisfying outcome… The feel-good appeal of the rescue fantasy combines with the increasingly tense World War II backdrop to make this an effective page-turner." -- BCCB "Expertly operating on many different levels, this exquisitely written novel incorporates themes of self-discovery and self-worth, strength of family, the power of love, and the many different kinds of courage… Heart-lifting. -- Joy Fleishhackerfor , School Library Journal"An astounding novel. Will you cry and rejoice and hold your breath? Absolutely. Will you find the book as exciting, wise, and profound as I did? Yes. This book is remarkable." --Karen Cushman, author of Newbery Medal winner The Midwife's Apprentice"A moving story with an authentic voice. Beautifully told."Patricia MacLachlan, author of Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall "I love Ada's bold heart, keen wit, and amazingly fresh point of view. Her story's riveting. I was with her every step of the way." -- Sheila Turnage, author of Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky"In Ada's small war lies our large hope that love cannot, will not, be overcome. I read this novel in two big gulps." -- Gary D. Schmidt, author of National Book Award finalist Okay for Now" 'Absolutely breathtaking...An incredibly emotional and poignant read...[It] will stay with you long after the final page is turned. This book is truly remarkable.' --- Diva Booknerd'Very powerful... A wonderful and well written story of the internal and external struggles that we can all face.' --Lamont Books "Thrilling and lovely, heart-wrenching and funny, charming and readable and truly a book that you won't want to put down! 5 stars." --The Bookbag"Heartwarming... A delightful WWII story with a totally winning protagonist." - Paper Fury"Comforting in its familiarity... Ada's voice is honest and authentic and true... It's a lovely little novel to curl up with on a rainy day, that took me back to the novels I read and loved as a child." Steph Bowe'As sweet as treacle... Ada's transformation from an angry young woman into a confident lady is imaginatively drawn.' - Australian Women's Weekly'A story of courage and hope. Watching Ada's transformation and seeing her relationship with Susan grow is a lovely journey.' --Otago Daily Times

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  • Kimberly Brubaker Bradley(Author)
  • Text Publishing Company; UK ed. edition (3 Jun. 2016)
  • English
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  • By Black Dog on 15 September 2017

    A lovely read. I throughly enjoyed every page. Tears to my eyes and laughter to my mouth and sometimesall on the same page. I hope this author has more books to offer. She is definitely through to the next round.

  • By ciaraghobrien on 27 August 2017

    I bought this book for my ten year old daughter. She is absolutely loving it; says it's the best book she's ever read; and that without a doubt it needs to be given 5 stars!

  • By Jenny on 1 September 2017

    Wonderful read very inspiring . Loved it .

  • By OM on 26 March 2017

    After trying to understand why my daughter,12, was not so keen on reading, I went to check what she actually reads at school. It turned out that the books are absolutely random choice and do not tie to her age bracket (most were teenage romance stories which might have been an easy read but had no value story wise. I think I read half of one and gave up myself, where normally I wiz through books and finish them even if not that interesting. I tell you, the most simple, unsophisticated stories ever, these were..). So I thought, maybe she just don't know how to make choices herself. I checked out school library during first parents' evening and I kid you not, there are no interesting books whatsoever for her age...! All looked random, in alphabetical order (!!!!!) and seriously run down. I get there is not much funding, but surely this can be improved.Anyways, I decided to compile a reading list for her myself. It had to be paper books as she has 'reading time' once a week and needs to bring the book in.The was that saved my life found its way to the list, based on two books my daughter read over the holidays and was so fond of them... it was Wonder (which I so highly rate for any child starting high school) and Counting by Sevens.The story is so moving and deep, there are different aspects of it - war by different meanings. Daughter loved discovering what the actual title meant. Very age appropriate and asking kids to think about more than just who the main character has a crush on...Very powerful mother / daughter storyline there, as well as brother/sister. It makes the nowadays privileged children stop and think - not everyone has a mother that love; not everyone fights with siblings.Some things made my daughter laugh although she said they were not funny but put in a funny in the book - where Ada, the main character was guessing what things and places are - the bank, money shop, grass, etc.I would recommend to any child - will just develop the hunger for reading..We are moving down our list, we have Sylvia and Aki, Stella by Starlight, Return to Sender, One crazy summer, Sweet Pizza (as we love Wales, thought she might relate to it). I also have I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced which my daughter eyeing and not sure if she wants to read now.She loved this book so much, she shared it with her friend, and this must mean something!

  • By Schneekloth on 17 May 2017

    I can't believe this book only got 4 reviews on Amazon.co.uk! "The War That Saved My Life" is one of the best books I have read to my children recently. If you loved "Wonder", you will love this book.Ada is a wonderful character and Brubaker Bradley did her research when it comes to the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of traumatised children and the kind of parenting it takes to help them. Brubacker Bradley is excellent in showing what abuse and neglect does to children: Ada has sensory processing issues, struggles with low self-esteem, is angry and terrified and has attachment problems. However, underneath all that she is intelligent, a fighter, a survivor and a wonderful person. As readers we suffer with her, but we also root for her. This is a great book for adopted and fostered children to read. It might be triggering though.The only part I didn't like was the explanation for Ada's mother's behaviour. "I didn't want children and I never loved you" is just not enough. Most parents who abuse their children were abused themselves and don't have a menal model for good enough parenting. They love their children, but are unable to express it. There is no compassion for Ada's mother in this book. She is evil and no one knows why. That is neither helpful for Ada nor the reader, particularly not those who have experienced abuse and neglect, because it feeds into their deepest fears.


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