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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Of all the children’s books I’ve read this year, this is the one that remains most vividly alive to me, most deserving of the Newbery. It is a very well told tale, nuanced, poignant, set in World War II Britain. Ada, 10 or 11 years old—no one has kept track—has reason not to trust any adult. She has an untreated clubfoot and her Mam’s ignorance and shame have kept her, until now, a prisoner inside their tiny, dirty London flat. When children in London are evacuated by train away fromthe daily bombings, Susan (who avers, she “is not a nice person,”) is the adult who gives Ada and her younger brother a place to stay in the country village. It’s very hard for Ada to walk and impossible for her not to ride the fat, lonely pony pining away in Susan’s field (since the death of Susan’s companion). Riding allows Ada swift movement and her first access to freedom. And Susan allows her the freedom to slowly, slowly, learn trust. This novel is a feel-good story, but a private war has been fought and won in order to get there. Achingly lovely, like reading Little Women for the first time.  —Gā

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ISBN: 9780803740815
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015