The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley is an exceptionally moving story. It tells us about triumph against all odds. Ada is nine but has never left her apartment. She’s never felt the sun on her face or the grass under her feet. This is because her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when Ada’s little brother Jamie is evacuated out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him. This is the beginning of a big personal journey for these two siblings and also for Susan Smith, the woman who has to take the two kids into her home. It is a beautiful and heartwarming story about overcoming emotional and physical abuse and learning to trust people. I loved the historical setting (World War Two) and all the details and the interesting characters. When reading, I couldn’t help but want Ada to be happy. The book really makes you think about what is important in life. I think the book’s most important themes are family and identity. It’s not a fast-paced book, but I still kept staying up past bedtime to read it. I’d really recommend it to readers aged 9 and older. Younger readers might think it is a little too slow or emotional.
Sara E, age 10, Yorkshire, UK