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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

    The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley takes place in 1939 during the war between Germany and England. This is a historical fiction. This book features Ada, who is disabled with a clubfoot. This disability causes her mom to be ashamed of her, never letting her out of the house. Jamie, her little brother, is allowed out of the house though. In order to escape the war, Jamie is sent out of London to be safe. Ada was not supposed to go with him, however, she snuck out. It was evident that her horrible mother did not want her so she saw no reason to stay. 

    Ada and Jamie go to lived with Susan Smith, who claimed the entire time that she did not want them. Despite saying she did not want them, she provided and cared for them much better than their mother. While staying with Miss Smith, Ada learned how to ride a horse. She is also taught that her clubfoot is no reason for her to be ashamed or stay in hiding. Over time, Jamie and Ada form a bond with Miss Smith and learn to trust her. Only thing is, the mother returns and rips them away. It is only a matter of time before they return back to Miss Smith after being told they were not wanted. 

    I loved reading this book. It was a bit hard to read through some parts of it just because of how horrible the mother is. I loved reading about Ada teaching herself to ride a horse. I loved how the characters progressed and grew over the course of the book. I would highly recommend people to read this book. 

    I would recommend this book for ages 9 and up. I think this book would be great for students to read individually. I also think this could make a great book to read aloud to the whole class. 

Katie Hephner

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