and when an IRL friend also recommended it (thanks Jan! Their transformation, especially in the older child while they are away, makes for wonderful reading. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley`s The War that Saved My Life is the story of nine-year-old Ada and her young brother Jamie, set during the times of World War II. (Both her personal war, and the actual war with Germany.). There is nothing juvenile about the writing or the emotions in this book! It has tremendous depth and resonan. are complex and well drawn. Not only do she and her brother get away from their abusive mother, but they have the good luck to be billeted with Susan Smith, a grieving spinster lady who is estranged from her family. Whoa, one of the few books of this year I longed to return to and mourned its end. Overview. I knew within 90 seconds of starting this audio book I absolutely despised the mother. It has the bittersweet, British homefront intensity of Mrs. Miniver and some of the drama of Foyle's War. This is Middle Grade at its very finest. So, I bought this book translated into my own language (Portuguese) in amazon.com.br and I got it read in a few hours. It was fun to watch her gain internal and external strength. Set in the early years of World War II It follows the experiences of two young evacuees, brother and sister, escaping from awful lives in London. The problem with the second book is that the end was a little fast and unsatisfactory for me. Comments are disabled. This is set during WWII and opens up in the Summer of 1939. This sequel starts right up where book 1 left off; the 2 books make up 1 story. Ada's mother is a horrid woman that hates her bc she was born with a clubfoot. One of the finest middle school novels I've read in quite a while. I am in awe of Kimberly Bradley's ability to create characters that are so real, feeling emotions that are so raw that the reader can't help but feel them, too. It is a sequel to. The one time she ventured outside she was beaten so badly by her mother. The characterizations (Jamie, Susan, Margaret, Mr Grimes, Mam, etc.) Great Books to Give the Kids This Holiday. I was trying to read this book in the original and I thought it would be easy, after all, it's a book written for children, right? I laughed, I cried. We are treated to an intense and involving reading experience guided by a strong narrator/heroine in the person of evacuee Ada Smith. I cannot wait for Ss to have this book in their hands come October. While still reading, I reserved the sequel and intend to read it soon. The story, the characters, the history...it was all done SO well. by Dial Books. So, I bought this book translated into my own language (Portuguese) in amazon.com.br and I got it read in a few hours. She checked it out of her school library. So much so that I began to long for a second novel about these people and their live. I could start right over at page one and read it again in another big gulp. She read 'The War That Saved My Life' and couldn't stop talking about how good it was. Ten-year-old Ada has a clubfoot and is kept locked in her family's one bedroom apartment while her six-year-old brother, Jaimie, roams free in London, England. "The War That Saved My Life" will tug at your heartstrings, and reaffirm your faith in the kindness of strangers. Susan, their steadfast caretaker, was complicated, too, still mourning the loss of her "good friend", a woman named Becky whom she lived with. She is so disgusted and humiliated by Ada's disfigured foot that she doesn't want anyone to see her. I would love to describe so much more about this beautiful and such a readable book but I don't want to stray into 'spoilers' territory. So much so that I began to long for a second novel about these people and their lives as it became clear that this novel was drawing to an immensely satisfying close. Born with a clubfoot and told by her mother she was a worthless cripple, Ada didn’t know what sort of life she was missing. I was particularly touched by the portrayal of Lady Thornton, forced to live in close quarters with Ada and her new family, who. Well, I failed! Welcome back. Â January 8th 2015 Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. There is a touch of Frances Hodgson Burnett about this duology- not to be missed! I loved the book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Great Books to Give the Kids This Holiday. Now THIS is a "good read", don't you think? I had persisted. Ada seemed really realistic to me, brimming with emotions and occasionally volatile. by Dial Books. The book's translation that saved my life. Has a small library started at home, so I ordered the hardback of both books for,! 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