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    Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life

by: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. 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 for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. 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.

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. 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 for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. 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.
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (born June 24, 1967) is an American children's and young adult book author. Her children's book The War That Saved My Life received the Newbery Honor Award in 2016. During college, she began writing by working as a freelance writer for equestrian magazines. Bradley's knowledge of horses influenced some of her children's literature, such as the award-winning The War That Saved My Life.

  1. Navya Khandelwal and Aadya Salwan 6C

    The War That Saved My Life is set in London, during WW1 and is about a girl named Ada who was born with a clubfoot/crippled leg due to which her mother called her a ‘worthless cripple’. Ada had a brother named Jamie. Their mother, Mam, treated Jamie nicely and fairly because he was “normal”. Jamie went to school whereas Ada was forced to stay at home. This is because Mam was embarrassed that Ada had a crippled foot. Ada could not walk but was desperate to learn how to so that she could run away from Mam. She tried very hard. A few days later she and her brother Jamie escaped from their home and onto a train with many other children who were being sent by their parents to another village as the city was unsafe. They were taken in by a woman named Susan with whom their friendship builds as the months pass by. Ada and Jamie long to stay with their new caretaker but soon mam comes back in the picture again.
    This book was very intriguing because as the plot builds up, it becomes unpredictable. It is also very interesting to see how two young children try to help themselves pushing back all their challenges.
    We think that the author has chosen a very interesting theme and descriptive language. We would recommend this book to kids who are 9 years and above.