The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This is the story of a young girl named Ada and her brother Jamie who live in London right at the start of World War II. Ada is nine years old and was born with a club foot. She’s never been outside of her family’s apartment as her mother is too embarrassed. She even makes Ada think that she was to blame for her own deformity.
When younger brother Jamie is sent away from London to escape the coming war, Ada sneaks out to join him and the two are transported to the countryside. They are taken in by a woman named Susan who is grieving over the loss of a close friend. When she met the children she was uncertain what to do with them. She starts by getting them cleaned up and into some new clothes and feeding them.
After some time with Susan, the children begin to settle in and explore their new surroundings now that Ada is finally free to go outside. She befriends Susan’s pony and learns how to take care of him and even ride. A strong bond is beginning to form between the children and their caretaker Susan who is also beginning to love them back. All is going well until their mother finds them and plots to make them return to with her to London.
This book is a great read about overcoming obstacles while mixing in history, adventure and family dynamics.
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