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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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on January 8, 2015 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0803740816
ISBN-13: 9780803740815
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  • lions579
    lions579Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4:05 pm55 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?
    • willow123goma
      willow123gomaThursday, July 23, 2020 at 9:39 am44 stars
      This was a powerful book about a crippled girl who lived during World War II in London, where her mother abused and neglected her. Because of the constant threat of bombs, she and her brother are sent to the country where they are loved and cared for by Susan. This made me realize how fortunate I am to live with a loving, caring family, and that happiness is not always guaranteed for all children.
      • effie302
        effie302Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:19 am
        this is actually my second favorite book, its less sad then the second book to this one but this is still a very good book!
        • mafifito-156909620749
          mafifito-156909620749Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:08 am55 stars
          I think people should read The War That Saved My Life because the book is about this girl named Ada and her brother Jamie. Ada has a club foot and her mother treats her poorly. Jamie gets more love or attention then Ada because Jamie gets to go outside and go to the grocery store and can play with his friends and other kids. But Ada can't go outside and go to the grocery store and can't go play with other kids because of her club foot and her mother thinks that she is a disgrace to the family but she isn't. Then there was a war so before the day all the children had to go to England Ada wanted to go with Jamie but her mom said No to her to find out if Ada goes with Jamie read The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradly to find out what happens
          • soccergal2008
            soccergal2008Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 4:06 pm
            #best book ever an amzing adventure
            • MoTuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm
              I love this book
              • applemango
                applemangoTuesday, June 18, 2019 at 8:23 pm55 stars
                AMAZING BOOK! This is about a girl Ada. She has a mean mother who doesn't let her out of the one room apartment house because of her club foot. Also when she does something bad she has to go in the cabinet which has many roaches in it. Jamie is her brother, and he is planned to get shipped out due to the war and safety issues. Ada, during summer has learned to walk and she escapes with Jamie. They get taken to Miss Smith's house and she has to take care of them. Miss Smith is way more kind than Ada's mother. She gives them proper meals and Ada can go out of the house and ride horses and such. She meets new friends like "Maggie" the daughter of Iron Face Lady or Mrs. Thorton the head of the W.V. S also and gets invited over to tea with Colonel and Stephen but, Ada declines several times. Butter is Miss Smith or Susan's horse and he gets too long finger nails and Mr. Fred has to cut them because Ada was complaining that Butter could not go faster. How she became friends with Maggie is she rescued her and brought her home because Maggie's horse threw her off. During this time Ada also sees a spy and reports him to the police and he really actually turns out to be a spy!
                • celia_berry13
                  celia_berry13Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm55 stars
                  This is the sweet story of a girl who has been neglected and abused her whole life. This is her story of how she learned to love and be loved. I suggest this book to kids 4th grade and up.
                  • izzyblue
                    izzyblueWednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:28 am
                    this book is good and i like ho wyou can read it and you can get up close this book is the best i would recamoud this for every one
                    • selo4
                      selo4Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8:40 am55 starsFeatured
                      This book is such a great book! If I could I'd give this book more then 5 stars. This book is about a 10 year old girl named Ada. Ada gets abused by her Mother for being a cripple. Ada has a club foot, and you might wonder why her mother just didn't get a treatment? Because Ada's family has financial issues since there father died. Ada has 1 sibling named Jamie he is 6 years old. When World War 2 breaks out, children are supposed to get evacuated but Ada's mother won't bother to evacuate Ada. So Ada escapes and leaves with Jamie, when it's time for children to be taken nobody wants to take Jamie and Ada. There was a few people that wanted Jamie but Ada lied about him so they don't get separated. The last option was to go to a woman named Miss. Smith. At first, Miss Smith was miserable and didn't want Ada and Jamie. But then she started to love them and filled their life with joy, happiness and more. If you want more information on the book, you should read it!