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The War That Saved My Life

The War That Saved My Life

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015 | Unabridged
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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? This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101890622
Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: Entwistle, Jayne
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Oct 31, 2017

A delightful story about two neglected children at the start of World War II and how they found someone to help them thrive despite their initial upbringing.

Aug 26, 2017

An amazing story and so well told by the narrator, each character is unique and such a great historic tale.

Aug 18, 2017

Our family listened to this on our way to and from a camping trip. All three of us loved it and looked for excuses to drive around a little more to spend more time on this wonderful journey. My husband, myself and 11 year old daughter were mesmerized by this historical based story. My dad happened to be the same age as Aida and was evacuated from England just like her. It explains well the conditions of rationing and poverty in a fairly easy way to understand. The challenges that Aida faces and her fearless determination are inspirational.

Jul 31, 2017

This is a must listen to... A wonderful, amazing story and beautifully narrated. This was suggested to me by a coworker and my only regret is not listening to it immediately! I laughed and cried and had feelings in me provoked by the narrator that I did not expect. This is a must listen to for ages young and old.

Jul 24, 2017

Easily the most heart-warming book I've listened to this year! Ada is an amazing young lady who finds a way to overcome her past from a horse and a gruff foster mother. I cannot wait for the second book!

LibrLdyMapleValley May 01, 2017

This book is up for the 2018 Sasquatch Award which is why I started listening to it. I finished listening to it because there is no way I could let these kids go without knowing what happened to them. The characters are amazing in this book! The mother was a problem for me because she was brutal but we move on from her presence quickly if not the results of her cruelty. An absolutely amazing book read by an incredible reader (Entwhistle). Happily there is a sequel in the works so we can continue to watch these characters grow.

JCLAllisonD Apr 30, 2016

If you've never listened to a book narrated by Jayne Entwistle, you're missing out. I think I'd listen to her read anything. That being said, this story is captivating and reveals much about England on the homefront.

Mar 24, 2016

What I really enjoyed about this book are the characters. They were full of life and I became more and more invested in their lives as the story continued. Not going to lie, almost cried at the end. I highly recommend it.

Mar 16, 2016

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. There was so much history told in such a personal way. I enjoyed the characters and story very much.

JCLChrisK Feb 18, 2016

This is an intimate book full to the brim with big themes and ideas. British life and culture; World War II history; the class divide; the psychology of abuse; the psychology of love; hidden romance and depression; and more. All from the perspective of one little girl discovering it all in most unexpected ways, told through her very authentic and real voice. It's impossible not to admire and pull for Ada. It's a moving and arresting story.


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