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The War That Saved My Life


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?


  1. Ellie S.

    I liked how in The War That Saved My Life it was sad an happy at the same time. At some parts it made me feel scared for the characters in the book. My favorite part of the book was the very end. I like the end because when you thought it was over it wasn’t!

  2. Isabel S.

    I couldn’t put this book down! The War That Saved My Life is so captivating and emotional! I highly recommend this book! The ending is strong and powerful and it wraps up the book really nicely! Everyone should get the chance to read this!

  3. umurerwa nice

    i never wanted it to e’d but again sad happy at thé dame tome .fawe Rwanda

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