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The War That Saved My Life

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, Historical, MCBA 2017-2018

war that saved my life coverThe War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Recommended for Grades 4 and up

Ada and her younger brother Jamie lived in a flat in a poor part of London during World War II.  Their single mother, ashamed of Ada’s club foot, abused her and would not let her outside.  Jamie, on the other hand, had run of the neighborhood.  When children were being evacuated from London to live in the country for fear that the Germans would bomb the city, Ada secretly escaped her mother’s imprisonment and went with Jamie.  A woman named Susan Smith, who knew nothing about children, agreed under duress to take them in.  The placement was awkward for all involved, but they adjusted, made strides, and started to feel comfortable just when war broke out all around.  This book will grab you and you won’t want to put it down.  There are surprises and double twists right up to the ending.  The audiobook is also extremely well done.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, Historical, MCBA 2017-2018.
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