The War I Finally Won

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The War I Finally Won
Author: Brubaker Bradley, Kimberly
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1939-1945
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Topics: WWII
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2018

World History > Modern Age > WWII

When Ada’s clubfoot is surgically fixed at last, she knows for certain that she’s not what her mother said she was—damaged, deranged, crippled mentally as well as physically. She’s not a daughter anymore, either. Who is she now?

World War II rages on, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, move with their guardian, Susan, into a cottage with the iron-faced Lady Thorton and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded home is tense. Then Ruth moves in. Ruth, a Jewish girl, from Germany. A German? Could Ruth be a spy?

As the fallout from war intensifies, calamity creeps closer, and life during wartime grows even more complicated. Who will Ada decide to be? How can she keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

Ada’s first story, The War that Saved My Life, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won a Newbery Honor, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Josette Frank Award, in addition to appearing on multiple best-of-the-year lists. This second masterwork of historical fiction continues Ada's journey of family, faith, and identity, showing us that real freedom is not just the ability to choose, but the courage to make the right choice.

Emily's Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to The War that Saved My Life. I read both books aloud to my 9 year old daughter and we were both completely enthralled. I loved getting to see how Ada grew and healed over the course of the story and the introduction of Ruth, a German Jewish girl, really helped to teach her about a horrible thing that happened without going into the nitty-gritty details before she's ready for them. We also really appreciated the discussions about religious beliefs and comparisons between Christian and Jewish beliefs. She has relatives who are both and this was a great lead-in to a conversation about that.

Overall I thought this was a solid conclusion to the story. I am excited to read more books written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley in the future!

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