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The War I Finally Won Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 3 October 2017
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Like the classic heroines of Sarah, Plain and Tall, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables, Ada is a fighter for the ages. Her triumphant World War II journey continues in this sequel to the Newbery Honor–winning The War that Saved My Life
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.
"Honest . . . Daring." —The New York Times
"Stunning." —The Washington Post
★ "Ada is for the ages—as is this book. Wonderful." —Kirkus, starred review
★ "Fans of the first book will love the sequel even more." —SLJ, starred review
★ "Bradley sweeps us up . . . even as she moves us to tears." —The Horn Book, starred review
★ "Perceptive . . . satisfying . . . will stay with readers." —PW, starred review
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A Southern Living Best Book of the Year
A BookPage Best Book of the Year
An Indie Next List selection
A CCBC Choices book
"Stunning . . . By turns tough and tender, this novel leavens complex themes with moments of wonder and joy." —The Washington Post
"Rarely is a children’s book so honest . . . [and] daring. But there is comfort too, in Ada’s desire to love and grow. . . . The power of this book is that it describes, slowly and sometimes painfully, that it is possible not just to live through pain, but to live with it.” —The New York Times
★ "Thoughtful, brave, true, and wise beyond her years, Ada is for the ages—as is this book. Wonderful." —Kirkus, starred review
"It’s rare when a sequel is just as beautifully written and just as touching (maybe even more so) than the first book. . . . Bradley writes the story in such a way that the reader is by turns both touched and then, pages later, heartbroken. Over and over.” —HuffPost
★ "Fans of the first book will love the sequel even more; truly a first purchase. While it stands alone, encourage readers to read both books to fully appreciate Ada’s remarkable and wholly believable triumph." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Harrowing and heartening." —San Francisco Chronicle
★ "Bradley sweeps us up in the story she’s telling and at the same time raises hard questions and makes us think—even as she moves us to tears." —The Horn Book, starred review
★ "A perceptive look into othering . . . Bradley sensitively portrays Ada’s journey to accept selfless kindness and love after years of neglect in a poignant and satisfying story of found family that will stay with readers." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ada . . . is one of the most unforgettable characters in modern children’s literature." —The Washington Post
"In a hard times, complicated people do the best they can. That’s what we see in this bittersweet moving story . . . (Be prepared for both tears and smiles with this one!)" —ImaginationSoup
"Ada’s story is a winning combination of history and healing, and fans may hope that Bradley isn’t quite finished with her just yet." —Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Dial Books (3 October 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525429204
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525429203
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 499 g
- Dimensions : 14.76 x 3.12 x 21.74 cm
Best Sellers Rank:
#229,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1,127 in Children's Historical Fiction (Books)
- #3,517 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- #21,715 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
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I was a bit worried if I would like this book as much the The War That Saved My Life, but The War I Finally Won is a worthy successor. My daughters, aged 10 and 11, and I absolutely loved it! While TWTSML dealt more with trauma and its effects on a child, The War I Finally Won paints a vivid picture of life during WWII. Both stories are fascinating. We have had so many discussions about themes raised by the book, ranging from WWII to neglect, abuse, trauma, freedom, being disabled, Nazi Germany, poverty, non-traditional families, self-discovery and women during the war. I cannot recommend this book enough.
The writing is beautiful and the story flows in short but filled chapters.
I could only give 4 stars because I found the Americanisms too annoying. If the author had spent just a little more time on checking
some words during editing, it would have been more authentic. For example, we in the UK, during this time period, would have had porridge for breakfast, not oatmeal. We would have arrived at the cottage and paid the taxi driver not the cabdriver (although taxis were rare in the countryside, even without rationing!) In book 1 they walked several 'blocks' but that doesn't make sense. There are other examples.
I understand that the book isn't written by a British author but the characters were English and should really have been speaking as such.
But the story is fantastic!!