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THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a book about a ten-year-old girl named Ada. Ada has a clubfoot that she has not walked on very much, until the very beginning of the book. She usually crawls around the apartment that her mother, her brother, and herself live in. She has not been outside of the apartment in a very long time because her mother views her as unworthy of the outside world. Her younger brother can leave the house, but that is because he is “normal.”

One day her brother comes home saying that all of the children from his school are meeting at the train in the morning to leave for somewhere safe away from the war. Ada and her brother, James ended up getting on the train the next morning. Once they are off the train, they are placed with a woman named Susan, who is not so sure about having children around. During their time with Susan, their lives change a lot for the better, however, the war is slowly moving closer to their house. One day, Ada and James’ mam shows up, and their lives are turned upside down, once again. 

This is a historical fiction book set during World War Two for children ages 9-12. I personally enjoyed reading this book, it made me feel many different emotions from scared, to excited. I believe this book would be a great read-aloud or personal reading book for when the students start learning about World War Two, and people having to move from their homes to be safe. It is a great way for the children to be shown how it affected a child at a similar age to themselves. 


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