By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This is a sequel to the amazing Newbery Honor Book, THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE. This story picks up shortly after the last one finished when 11-year-old Ada receives a surgery to correct her clubfoot. There is just enough back-story so readers new to Ada’s story won’t be confused. Susan, who took care of Ada and her younger brother, Jamie, during the London bombings of World War II, becomes their legal guardian. The war is still raging and the family faces food rationing, blackouts, and sad news from bike messengers. Ada’s extended family grows to include Lady Thorton, her daughter Maggie, and Ruth, a teenage, Jewish German refugee. Many of Ada’s emotional wounds from her past begin to heal as she matures and accepts love from her new family.
I highly recommend this story even if you haven’t read the previous title! Ms. Bradley is an amazing writer and readers will connect emotionally with her characters. Well done!
Renee (Parr Library)