Title: The War That Saved My Life
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Recommended for: grades 5 and up
Pages: 316 p.
Call Number/Link: J FICTION BRADLEY, K.
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
I hope this book wins the next Newbery Award.
It takes place in England at the beginning of World War II, and is the story of two London children who are evacuated to Kent to protect them from wartime dangers. Ada and Jamie aren’t chosen by any of the villagers who are willing to foster evacuees, and wind up at the home of an isolated woman who didn’t have any experience with children. Thankfully, she feeds them, clothes them and (best of all) has a pony they can ride.
I think my favorite aspect of the book was the character development of the protagonist (Ada) and their guardian Susan, the growing relationship of Susan and the two children, and other friendships Ada develops in the village. Their lives are so much better away from their mother’s abuse, and Ada learns that she is capable of many things.