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Like the classic heroines of Sarah, Plain and Tall and Little Women, Ada conquers the homefront as her World War II journey continues in this sequel to the Newbery Honor–winning The War that Saved My Life

When Ada’s clubfoot is surgically fixed at last, she knows for certain that she’s not what her mother said she was—damaged, deranged, crippled mentally as well as physically. She’s not a daughter anymore, either. What is she?

World War II continues, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton—along with Lady Thorton herself and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, quite suddenly, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? The occupants of the house are horrified. But other impacts of the war become far more frightening. As death creeps closer to their door, life and morality during wartime grow more complex. Who is Ada now? How can she keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

Ada’s first story, The War that Saved My Life, won a Newbery Honor, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Josette Frank Award, in addition to appearing on multiple best-of-the-year lists. This second, marvelous volume continues Ada’s powerful, uplifting story.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on October 3, 2017 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0525429204
ISBN-13: 9780525429203
9 Book Reviews
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  • absol67
    absol67Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:49 am55 starsFeatured
    After I borrowed the first book of this series (The War That Saved My Life) from my school library, I thought it was just another one of those boring books. But one day I started turning the pages, and before you knew it, I had finished the book. My mom saw this book in a book store and we immediately purchased it. It was as good as the first one, and I finished it right away and I hope there is a third book in the series as well! I look forward to reading it! Five stars because I absolutely adore this book! :)
    • kaylaa_misch22
      kaylaa_misch22Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:58 pm55 starsFeatured
      Ada and her little brother Jamie where abused children during the war, after their mother dies they are taken in by an older lady named Susan. she treats them like her own children. They also take in a jew child (The war was against Hitler and stuff like that) And the craziness does not stop from there, from foot surgery to broken bones, Ada and Jamie finally have somewhere to call home. I can connect this book to children today, lots of them are put into foster care and never have a place to call home after a while. similar to Ada and Jamies situation I give this book 5 stars because it helps you understand what was going on and what it was like living during the war.
      • SparkleunicornWednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm
        This was a very entertaining and had all the things you want to find in a book. I definitely recommend this book!
        • Selfiequeen1423Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm
          I love this book I highly recommend reading it
          • shootingstars
            shootingstarsThursday, February 21, 2019 at 8:26 am55 stars
            It was a page turning book that kept me up all night! XD
            • sweetlemmon
              sweetlemmonSaturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:23 pm
              Great sequel to a great first book! Amazing action with suspense to keep you up all night! Definitely one to read over and over again!!!
              • ariettaki08
                ariettaki08Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 12:55 pm55 stars
                It was awesome!!!!!!
                • JamieThursday, December 6, 2018 at 2:12 pm
                  I like this book because I read The War That Saved My Life
                  • evaizabooknerd
                    evaizabooknerdFriday, June 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm
                    The War That Saved My Life was such a good book. Books about World War 2 are so interesting for me. I cannot wait for my library to get a copy!!!