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The War That Saved My Life

(2015)
(The first book in the War series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel (nominee)
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds, set during World War II.

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room flat. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Miss Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in the two children. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has written several historical novels for children and young adults, including the bestselling Newbery Honor Book The War that Saved My Life. She lives on a farm in Tennessee with her husband and two young children.

‘Achingly lovely…Nuanced and emotionally acute, this vivid tale from the wartime home front will have readers ages 10-14 wincing at Ada’s stumbles and rejoicing to the point of tears in her victories.’ Wall Street Journal

‘Ada’s voice is brisk and honest; her dawning realizations are made all the more poignant for their simplicity… Things come to an explosive head, metaphorically and literally. Ignorance and abuse are brought to light, as are the healing powers of care, respect and love. Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada’s personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration.’ STARRED reviewKirkus

‘Proving that her courage and compassion carry far more power than her disability, Ada earns self-respect, emerges a hero, and learns the meaning of home.’ STARRED reviewPublishers Weekly

‘Bradley presents this episode in Britain’s history in a form that young readers will appreciate, learn from and enjoy: a moral tale wrapped up in an adventure story…A moving and uplifting read.’ BookMooch

‘A beautifully written and very moving book, bound to be an instant classic…A beautiful story of hope and family.’ Booktopia

‘Heartwarming…A delightful WWII story with a totally winning protagonist.’ Paper Fury

‘Comforting in its familiarity…Ada's voice is honest and authentic and true…It's a lovely little novel to curl up with on a rainy day, that took me back to the novels I read and loved as a child.’ Steph Bowe

‘Ada’s transformation from an angry young woman into a confident lady is imaginatively drawn.’ Australian Women’s Weekly

‘A moving and captivating story.’ Best Middle Fiction Books of 2016, Readings

‘A stunning story that will pluck you into its events and carry you along to its brilliant ending as if you were a feather on a strong, steady breeze.’ School Magazine

‘A touching story that can be read by all ages, The War that Saved My Life is deserving of the awards it has won and been nominated for. It is a book that shows a different side to the war, and will hopefully become a much-loved classic in years to come.’ Book Muse

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"In Ada's small war lies our large hope that love cannot, will not, be overcome. I read this novel in two big gulps." - Gary D Schmidt

"I love Ada's bold heart, keen wit, and amazingly fresh point of view. Her story's riveting. I was with her every step of the way." - Sheila Turnage


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June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The War That Saved My Life
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 1-4328-6585-4 / 978-1-4328-6585-6 (USA edition)
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May 2016 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The War That Saved My Life (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
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January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The War that Saved My Life
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The War That Saved My Life
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 1-4328-6586-2 / 978-1-4328-6586-3 (USA edition)
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May 2016 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The War that Saved My Life
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May 2016 : UK Paperback
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The War That Saved My Life
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Kindle Editions

May 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The War that Saved My Life (War 1)
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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January 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The War that Saved My Life
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