The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Posted on 09/03/2020
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"Students root for this character and can't wait to read more. Our 4th and 5th graders LOVE this book!"

Jeannette Yann, Spring Creek Elementary

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Spring Creek ElementaryTen-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 for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take in the two kids. 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. In the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime, or will Ada and her brother be sent back to their mother?

Editorial Reviews


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"Ada's voice is brisk and honest; her dawning realizations are made all the more poignant for their simplicity. . . . Things come to an explosive head, metaphorically and literally. Ignorance and abuse are brought to light, as are the healing powers of care, respect, and love. Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration." —Kirkus starred review

"Packs a powerful punch...captures both the joy of learning and the power of kindness." --School Library Journal

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023