The War That Saved My Life (War 1)
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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