Monday, January 25, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

The War that Saved my Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Amazon Description:
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.

Nine-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 of 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?

My Thoughts:
You'll forget you're reading a middle grade novel as The War that Saved my Life wraps you with a rich tapestry set in England during World War II. Its poignant plot, complex settings, and exquisite character development are brought vividly to life by the pen of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. If you're a fan of historical fiction this novel is one not to miss. Shortly after I completed reading this special novel, I learned it had won a Newbery Honor! I highly recommend The War that Saved my Life to readers from the ages of eight to eighty.

Click here to learn more about Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.


  1. Nice review. It sounds like a moving story. I've always liked historical fiction, and the situations of London children who were boarded out to the country for safety during WWII always has yanked my heart. What courage that must have taken for the families to hit on that solution. This definitely is one for my TBR stack.

    1. Historical fiction is one of my favorites, too, Elizabeth. I'm only frustrated I read this amazing novel on my Kindle. Hope to purchase a hardback for my collection of children's books. Have a great week!