The War that Saved My Life

Best book ever.

Ok, well you probably want to know more, and I know my current favorite is always the best book ever until the next best book ever.

I read another review that calls this Anne of Green Gables minus the whimsy. That’s it exactly except it’s set during WW2 and our heroine has a brother and a mother (in name only) popping in and out of the picture. Ada isn’t completely alone although she acts like it. It takes her a long time to let her guard down when she and her brother are sent out of London with the other evacuees.

The twist to this story is that Ada and her brother have been horribly abused by their mother. Ada has an untreated clubfoot and before being sent to Kent had never left her apartment. She was basically a stereotypical feral child. That made her journey into normalcy enormously satisfying for the reader. I do hope there will be a sequel.

We borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to read in our homeschool. ( I wish we owned it, but I’m trying not to buy books this year- darn it)

The War that Saved My Life

Written By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Published: January 8, 2015

Edited to add: Found the sequel info!!

The War I Finally Won Hardcover – October 3, 2017