Friday, July 22, 2016

It's World War II and the Germans are getting closer and closer to London. Most parents are anxious to get their children out of the city and to somewhere safe. For Ada and James, it is just as much about escaping poverty, hunger, and daily abuse from their mother. Ada was born with a clubfoot and is constantly the victim of her mother's cruelty. Ada decides that she and her younger brother will board an evacuee train without their Mam's knowledge. Anywhere has to be better...

There is only one person willing to take in these two filthy and malnourished kids - Miss Smith, who lives by herself and has become a recluse since the death of her best friend. In spite of not really wanting the children, Miss Smith provides food, clothing and security and for the first time, a loving home. For Ada, this is the first time she is allowed to go outside. She is determined to learn to ride Susan's (Miss Smith) pony and in spite of her mistrust of people, Ada learns that she has more courage than she realizes and begins to learn the meaning of love as she experiences a real home for the first time.

This is a wonderfully written story by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of Jefferson's Sons. The War that Saved my Life has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Intermediate Golden Sower Award.

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