Friday, June 19, 2015

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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The War That Saved My Life
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Lexile: 580
Length: 316 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Awards: None
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars

               Ada has never left her tiny apartment in London. Her mother is too embarrassed by her crippled foot to ever let her outside. Ever. Ada is forced to sit inside all day and do nothing. Every day. 7 days a week. Then one day Ada's brother Jamie is to be sent away to a village, so he is safe in case the Germans bomb London. It is the beginning of WW2, and lots of people are doing this sort of thing. But Ada is not to be sent anywhere. She would just stay with her mother, and leave her brother. But Ada isn't going to let that happen. She sneaks out with Jamie, and leaves London. Finally she is free from her mother. Free to do whatever she wants. But she is faced with another challenge, Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take her and Jamie in. Ada's and Jamie's bond with Susan grows, and when the time comes, would they ever go home?
                I really loved this book! It is such an interesting take on WW2. Most people hated it. In all the other books I've read about WW2, they always think it is so horrible. It definitely was, but this one was just so different. Ada definitely hated the war, but she hated her mother much, much more. So she was grateful for it, almost. Which is why the title is what it is. I gave it 4.8 stars because it was such a low lexile. Absolutely no vocabulary in it at all! Please author, maybe next time just a little bit more challenging words? But it got pulled up a lot because it was still such an amazing story. There are no inappropriate parts in it at all. You should really try it out in your free time!

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