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the war that saved my life and the war that i finally won, these two books are the best i have ever read. it starts with ada hving a clubfoogt and an evil mother and ends, with ada having a kind mother. anyways, i recommend this book to anyone interested in historical or realistic fiction And once again, this is the best book i have read(an trust me; i read a lot of books)
It is a beautiful book . I gifted to my 10 year old he fell in love with it . Then he insisted on buying sequel : The war I finally won . I decided to read it myself . Glad I did . A book which will stay with me forever . It can be overwhelming for kids , right age to introduce is 10 years and above .
I did nnot prefere this book.The book is a scam.Such a high price for a not good book.The author has many errors and there are lot of cliff hangers.The story line is messed up and I would not recomend this horrible book
This is World World II genre children's book very similar to Good Night Mr Tom, in fact almost exactly like it except the main character is a little girl and her brother and a kind lady called Susan, instead of Tom. It was really well written and I read it in one day, as soon as I started reading I couldn't put it down. I do think the book though, need to be read to children with parental guidance and explanation as there are quite horrifying scenes from the start: the mother slaps the child whenever she gets annoyed or when she gets an answer she doesn't like, puts her child inside a cupboard under a sink and calls her daughter stupid, shameful just because she's got clubfoot.
Even when I read those scenes I was shocked, and I couldn't understand the beginning until it was explained that the mother was ashamed that her daughter was a "cripple". She wouldn't let her daughter Ada go outside or go to the school, she simply didn't want her daughter to be seen as she felt she'd be ridiculed by neighbours. I think parents need to tell their children when they read them this that they are loved and will never be treated this way, or it could scare the children. I felt scared and I'm an adult. It also gets a bit repetitive that Ada keeps saying "you never wanted us", "you didn't want us" many times throughout the book. Sometimes it felt her anger was unfounded, but maybe the writer wanted to say that her abuse gave her anxiety issues and insecurity, so when she doesn't understand something, a feeling for example, she gets angry and starts to act out.
Luckily, the children escape their horrible London home as war evacuees and start their life over with a lonely and sad lady called Susan. There the children are well looked after, loved, fed 3 meals a day, bathe every night, make friends, help the war effort, learn to ride, learn to write, and most importantly, feel needed for the first time in their lives. So, they are saved by the war, as they would have never known this life had they always stayed with their mad and ignorant mother. I felt the ending was too quick, as I wasn't prepared for it to end so suddenly. I half expected a chapter about Ada going to school, winning riding competitions after the war etc, and maybe Susan will find love. An enjoyable read and good pacing, recommend for children 11+
After trying to understand why my daughter,12, was not so keen on reading, I went to check what she actually reads at school. It turned out that the books are absolutely random choice and do not tie to her age bracket (most were teenage romance stories which might have been an easy read but had no value story wise. I think I read half of one and gave up myself, where normally I wiz through books and finish them even if not that interesting. I tell you, the most simple, unsophisticated stories ever, these were..). So I thought, maybe she just don't know how to make choices herself. I checked out school library during first parents' evening and I kid you not, there are no interesting books whatsoever for her age...! All looked random, in alphabetical order (!!!!!) and seriously run down. I get there is not much funding, but surely this can be improved. Anyways, I decided to compile a reading list for her myself. It had to be paper books as she has 'reading time' once a week and needs to bring the book in. The was that saved my life found its way to the list, based on two books my daughter read over the holidays and was so fond of them... it was Wonder (which I so highly rate for any child starting high school) and Counting by Sevens. The story is so moving and deep, there are different aspects of it - war by different meanings. Daughter loved discovering what the actual title meant. Very age appropriate and asking kids to think about more than just who the main character has a crush on... Very powerful mother / daughter storyline there, as well as brother/sister. It makes the nowadays privileged children stop and think - not everyone has a mother that love; not everyone fights with siblings. Some things made my daughter laugh although she said they were not funny but put in a funny in the book - where Ada, the main character was guessing what things and places are - the bank, money shop, grass, etc. I would recommend to any child - will just develop the hunger for reading..
We are moving down our list, we have Sylvia and Aki, Stella by Starlight, Return to Sender, One crazy summer, Sweet Pizza (as we love Wales, thought she might relate to it). I also have I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced which my daughter eyeing and not sure if she wants to read now.
She loved this book so much, she shared it with her friend, and this must mean something!
I really liked this book from the begining all the way through to the end. It was captivating and the characters were well thought out. The author managed to use the same sort of language they used in the 1940's as well, making it feel as though you are literaly there. My favourite type of book are definetly historical ones and this book in particular fullfilled all my expectations. However, one thing that I noticed is that some parts of the story are very smilar to a book I read (also about the war) but I am sure it is was just a coincidenceas the rest of the story is incredible. I would recommend this to anyone between the ages of 10-12 however I think anybody would enjoy it