Book Review: The War that Saved My Life



The Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced in the beginning of February. As usual, there were a lot of our favorite titles on the honor list, including “The War That Saved My Life”  by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley,a book we couldn’t put down. There were also some surprises (ready to go on our To-Read List!)  A lot of the great readers that come in to the library agree. See the review below:

Review by Katherine T. Grade 5

“I would recommend the book, “The War That Saved My Life” because the suspense feels so real that so much emotion will come to you. I love the book so much because the way the author explained the events was perfect. Also, I love the dialog between the characters. The main character, Ada, meets a lot of new friends and has fun, but before she can do that she has to deal with her horrible mother.To make it worse she is a “cripple” who never left the house because her mom is so ashamed. She doesn’t miss the chance to leave with her brother when the war comes.

Thanks, Katherine! Great review.  If you want to read a historical fiction story full of suspense with a character you’ll really root for, check it out!

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Here are a few current favorite titles we couldn’t put down.

“Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan

“Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead

“The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin



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