Episode # 11

The War that
Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This masterful historical fiction is a classic in the making. Read More »

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The War that Saved My Life

World War II England is the setting for this exceptionally moving follow-up to the acclaimed Jefferson’s Sons. Nine year-old Ada has never left her room because her abusive mother is so ashamed of her club foot. When Ada overhears that her little brother, Jamie is going to be evacuated out of London because of the approaching war, Ada sneaks out to join him.

Thus begins a new chance for Ada, as well as for Susan Smith, the reclusive woman who takes in the two children. Little by little, Ada opens up and starts to trust people, and Susan learns to nurture the kids and to love again after years of loneliness. As the story unfolds, Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, helps capture a German spy, and in a dramatic finale, saves herself and her brother once and for all from the tyranny of their mother.

Praise for The War that Saved My Life

“A big, serious work of historical investigation and imagination; the tale has never before been told this well.”
Kirkus, starred review

“Bradley’s fine characterization and cinematic prose breathe life into this tragic story.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“Bradley’s sensitive and richly imagined vision pays respect to those who struggled for lives of stability and dignity, even as the whims and fortunes of the Jeffersons shifted beneath them.”
BCCB, starred review

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of children’s novels, nonfiction books, and picture books. She lives in a Tennessee farmhouse with her husband and two children.