The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

Book - 2015
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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: 9780803740815
Branch Call Number: J HF BRADLEY
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm


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AL_ALYX Jul 27, 2016

Type of crying: lots and lots and lots of ugly crying. Both happy and sad tears. The kind saved for when you're home alone.

AL_KELSEY Mar 10, 2017

This book was really difficult to read for a number of reasons, but the writing wasn't one of them. Bradley is an expert historical fiction writer, and I loved being able to read a story about World War II about the children that were evacuated from London. I feel like this is a story not often... Read More »

AL_ALYSONC Sep 07, 2016

Everything historical fiction for kids should be. A great read for adults also!

AL_ALYX Jul 27, 2016

Tears streamed down my face through this entire read. Ada made my heart hurt and sing. A perfect historical fiction, for everyone.

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Sep 09, 2017

Love this book! cant wait for the sequel!

LibrLdyMapleValley Aug 02, 2017

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley wrote a follow up to this book! "The War I Finally Won" comes out October 3, 2017.

vpazreads Jul 31, 2017

Great characterization and perspective in a gripping story. Best kids' book I've read this year. Looking forward to the sequel coming out in October!

Jul 23, 2017

I agree its the BEST BOOK I've read, I wish there was a second book for it.

Jul 22, 2017

This book is one of the best books i've ever read, it is soooooo good. If you're wondering about getting it, you should definetly get it. Leave a like if you agree :D

Jul 20, 2017

Excellent book. Great story about a two children during the beginnings of WWII who leave London as part of Operation Pied Piper. This story is well told, simple, yet complex. Highly recommended for middle grade as well as adults.

archreads Jul 18, 2017

This is a historical fiction novel set in England during WWII. It follows 10 year old Ada, who is disabled , and her six year old brother as they are evacuated from London to the country to avoid bombings. Well written and emotionally believable, it's a wonderful book for middle school readers and families.

Jul 17, 2017

This book is one of the best I've ever read.
Its just amazing!!!!!
You ( that does mean you ) HAVE to read this book you will NOT be able to do anything else once you start to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jun 19, 2017

love this it is great!

AndLib1 Jun 09, 2017

A wonderful story of fear, self-worth, perseverance, and love. A young crippled girl and her brother are evacuated from a horrible home in pre-WWII London to the countryside of Kent where they are left with a spinster who is still grieving over the loss of her friend and is not interested in having children.
With a nod to classics like Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, and Pollyanna, Bradley cleverly spins a story with heart and soul while avoiding the pitfall of trite sentimentality. The main characters are so well written you want to reach into the book to help and support them.

Recommended for 8-12 and up. Great read aloud and the audio book is wonderful for summer road trips or rainy days.

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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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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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