The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

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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) LLC, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780803740815
0803740816
Branch Call Number: JUVENILE FICTION BRADLEY
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm.

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Tracey (Tobin at Oakwell): This is a touching story of young Ada who sustains physical and emotional abuse during WWII and the German bombings of England. Ada’s mother hides her from the outside world because of her disfigured club foot. With bombs threatening their London home, Ada and her young... Read More »


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FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

The War that Saved my Life is an incredibly engaging historical fiction novel that has received multiple awards and nominations, including the Schneider Family Book Award and a Newberry Honor book selection. The book features Ada, a physically disabled child, as the main protagonist as she and her brother struggle to adapt in a new household with a caring guardian. Both of them struggle due to the fact that their mother neglected and abused them their entire life, so being placed in the care of Susan, a woman who cares about them and tries to help them, is difficult for the pair to come to terms to. Bradley creates an incredibly heartwarming tale in a time where nothing is certain and everything is terrifying, due to the war that is going at the time, that focuses on choosing one's family. Bradley portrays Ada's feelings, including her anger and confusion, perfectly through her stylized writing. All in all, The War that Saved my Life is an incredible read that is sure to capture the heart of any reader.

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jmejri
Mar 15, 2021

This book hooked me almost from the beginning. As a survivor of child abuse, it was difficult to read, but it was well worth it. At times I was angry, at times I was in tears. A very powerful and moving book. I would suggest for a parent to read this prior just to ensure your child can handle such a tough topic. The abuse depicted is both physical and emotional. And there is the word sl*t. I don't give 5 stars easily on books, but this is definitely a 5-star book!

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Lanik2009
Feb 09, 2021

This book is about how life can be harsh but there is always a way to have a happy life!

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alibonis
Jan 23, 2021

each time i sit down to read a chapter or 2 I end up crying. SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK. DEFINITLY 5/5

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Audabba
Dec 30, 2020

This is an easy read, probably more in the young adult category. I was entertained.

JCLRachelN Dec 10, 2020

This story has been recommended to me by some of our younger library users and I'm pleased to say it lived up to its praise. At times it was difficult to read due to Ada's experiences and the War. Despite this, the story contains a lot of heart, hope, and growth, leaving this reader with warm fuzzies. I'll definitely be picking up the sequel, The War I Finally Won.

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jillrocks
Nov 20, 2020

I am enjoying this World War 2 Book! Ada and Jamie are totally awesome Characters in this Book! I hope everyone can read it! It’s awesome!

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maiziegal
Aug 24, 2020

This book is really a true story for kids 5/5 star rating.

SAPL_Teens Aug 14, 2020

A really touching and good book. It teaches me to be grateful for what I have. 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

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green_wolf_1897
Jul 08, 2020

beware of the abuse in this book. although it is a fascinating tail about ada and her brother
getting evacuated because of world war 2.soon you will find that they embark on a series of exiting and terrifying events. i hope that at least one of you will read this book.

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green_wolf_1897 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

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violet_gorilla_79
Jul 25, 2020

"You're so stiff. It's like trying to hug a piece of wood." - Susan

ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

“Then I did what I should have done to start with. I taught myself to walk.”

ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

“I wanted to say a lot of things, but, as usual, I didn't have the words for the thoughts inside my head.”

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elinaghoddami
Dec 25, 2017

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

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Mletterman
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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elinaghoddami
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!

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Mletterman
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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VanessaL52
Feb 01, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Bombing

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VanessaL52
Feb 01, 2020

Violence: Abusive parents Pysical Abuse

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