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#1 New York Times Bestseller
Newbery Honor Book
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle School)
Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books of 2015
New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. 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 Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. 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.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published on May 31, 2016 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0147510481
ISBN-13: 9780147510488
62 Book Reviews
  • alannahb
    alannahbabout 1 month
    It was a sad book but also exciting book. And her backstory was sad but I'm glad it saved her life and it very interesting to read!
    • d1no
      d1noabout 1 month55 stars
      this book is about a girl named Ada and her mother[mam] is trying to get her out the house by abusing her so in the first part she tryed to escape many times. But always she get caught then her mother would abuse her by grabing her hand a throwing her on a wall and if you want to read this READ THIS.
      • ramirezj1
        ramirezj1about 1 month55 stars
        this book is about a girl named Ada her mother is trying to abuse her she tried many times to escape out of the house the window but her mom would always found out what she was doing. ada mother is cruel to Ada she mostly beats Ada intil she bleeds which makes kinda sad for Ada. her mother is abuseive
        • wolfy_blue
          wolfy_blue4 months
          This seems like a exciting but sad book!
          • chloe1103
            chloe11038 months44 stars
            This book is actually the first book of 'The war I finally won'. It tells Ada and her little brother's story before they met Susan. I almost cried when Ada's mom gave a cruel approach to Ada! I could say this book is the setting of the story, like features and how they lived, and how they met. So it wasn't entertaining and heartwarming as the second one, so I just recommend this book to you guys just to know some background knowledge.
            • thesmessywriter
              thesmessywriter9 months55 stars
              OMG i LOVE this book it's so sad to see how little they don't know and how horrible their mother is but it's deffently a must read!!!
              • issy1568
                issy1568about 1 year55 stars
                This is a good book.
                • ultrajango
                  ultrajangoabout 1 year55 stars
                  Ada lives in a one room flat in London were she is treated horribly by her mother, who says that Ada is ugly because of her club foot (which Ada has no idea can be fixed). When her younger brother Jamie is sent to the country due to the war, she decides to sneak away with him.
                  • ramonakitty
                    ramonakittyabout 1 year55 stars
                    This is a great book about a girl named Ada who has a club foot. It is very interesting because it took place during World War Two.
                    • lions579
                      lions579about 1 year55 stars
                      This book follows a young girl named ada, and she has club foot. Her mother is ashamed and hides her in the flat. Then boom threats reach London, and her mother sends her younger brother away. Desperate, ada escapes with her brother to a country town where they are thrown upon Susan, an old, troubled woman whose best friend died a few years back. The children grow to love Susan, and she learns to love them in return. Tensions grow as the war continues, an can ada learn to live free before her mother takes her back?