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) Inc., [2015]
ISBN: 9780147510488
9780803740815
0803740816
Branch Call Number: J FIC Bradley K
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm

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Ada leaves London with her brother to escape the war and her abusive mother and finds healing in the country.

Recommended by Sara, Yellow Springs Community Library. "What a beautiful story!"

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red_butterfly_4693
Jan 22, 2020

Great book, but it definitely deals with some tuff topics. However I definitely think everyone should read this book at least once. And even though it was a little slow toward the middle I definitely enjoyed the book overall.

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becker
Jan 13, 2020

This is one of the best middle grade books I have read in a long time. It would be a great read-aloud and would deliver a good history lesson disguised as a terrific story.

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ruthlaurence
Dec 07, 2019

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thats tuff

ArapahoeTina Nov 20, 2019

I loved sharing this book with my 11-year-old daughter. Ada's story is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. This one hit all the right notes.

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userkristine
Oct 05, 2019

TW/CW for abuse & mental health descriptions

The War That Saved My Life is such a beautiful story about love and family and hardship. I wanted to comfort Ada and Jamie so badly. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has such a way with words and describing emotions without straight out telling you about the emotion. I definitely found myself sobbing at one point.

I'm kind of okay with just reading this one and not reading the second book in the series, but we'll see how I'll feel in the future.

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HYOJINCHOI77
Sep 13, 2019

AR Quiz No. 170995 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 4.1 - AR Pts: 9.0

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mercat_07
Aug 18, 2019

The War that Saved My Life is such a good book, and I recommended it to all of my friends when I finished it. With an uncommon story, but a heartbreaking one, it is sure to draw you in and have you rushing to get the sequel, The War I Finally Won.
Happy reading!

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J_Kidd
Jun 11, 2019

Amazing book that kids who love the historical fiction novels would like. I definitely would suggest to 5th grader and up for the thrill of drama and sadness.

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Teagy
May 06, 2019

a heartbreaking story. amazing, reccommended for twelve year olds and up. this is one of my favourite books.

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Niclovesbooks
Mar 25, 2019

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! I've read it multiple times and never get tired of it. It's an amazing true story about a 12 year old girl named Ada in WWII, she goes with her brother to the country and lives with a lady named Susan who is like a mother to them. Ada has a bad leg is Susan helps her to learn how to walk. Truly amazing and heart lifting story about who good can come out of the worst things you could think of.

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VanessaL52
Feb 01, 2020

VanessaL52 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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red_butterfly_4693
Jan 22, 2020

red_butterfly_4693 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15

ArapahoeTina Dec 05, 2019

ArapahoeTina thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Oct 20, 2019

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mercat_07
Aug 18, 2019

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Feb 18, 2019

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Jan 17, 2019

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Nov 24, 2018

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Aug 09, 2018

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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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