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This book is the sequel to The War That Saved My Life. It is also a fantastic standalone story, providing enough background information from the first book that you won't be lost if you are reading this book first. As you begin, the story seems strangely hollow. There is plenty of detail, but it's as if somehow the emotion is missing. Then, as you work your way through the story, the level of depth and emotion grows and develops into an enthralling and moving story that will have you both laughing and crying. As I neared the end of the story I realized that the author may have purposefully built her story in this manner—devoid of emotion at the beginning and then full of emotion by the end—as a way to express the main character's emotional development, to more fully represent the impact her various experiences have had on her life. I have never in my life read a book (adult or childrens') that so fully represents how trauma can impact someone's life—wound someone's soul—and how love can slowly heal that soul. This extremely complicated issue is so wonderfully expressed in such a palatable and understandable way that it is intriguing and enlightening for readers of all ages. I would recommend this book to anyone (EVERYONE!), but it is DEFINITELY a must-read for anyone interested in juvenile historical fiction.
Reviewed by Miss Allison
A wonderful sequel to "The War that Saved My Life". I had so much fun reading, and really completed Ada's story.
THIS BOOK IS JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST ONE! The War I Finally Won is a follow up to The War That Saved My Life, both are very good books. With WWII raging in her own country after Ada found out her mother had died, she and her younger brother were adopted by Susan. After Ada's friend is killed in the war she realizes how bad things really are and takes a new realization in what she is living in.
This sequel highlights Ada as she heals and grows with friends and family during WWII in the English countryside. Highly recommended!
This is a solid, well-written book with well-developed characters. I hope Bradley writes more in this series.
An absolute gem of a book! The characters from the first book are thrown together to deal with complex situations which richly expand them and bring to the forefront the questions of warring personal identities: Who am I, who was I and who should I become?
My 12 year-old and I read this aloud to each other and found another magical story revealing itself as we progressed through the book.
We started the series (sadly there are only 2 books) with The War That Saved My Life on audio CD which was marvelous and followed it up with this book.
Combing great story telling with a personal story of two children that had rough beginnings during world war two makes for a great literary experience for children 9 and up, parents too should get a lot from this series.
I LOVE this book. It's even better than its predecessor, The War That Saved My Life, which is a fine book itself (and a Newbery honor book.) Bradley is a masterful storyteller. Her characters are fully developed and complex. Ada, the hero, has such a strong voice, and it’s such a gratifying read rooting her on. “I’m a tough girl,” says Ada. Yes you are! I’ve a feeling this character will inspire a new generation of tough girls for a long time to come. I'm gonna recommend this title to everyone I know.
This is a wonderful sequel to The War That Saved My Life. I loved the history and the development of the characters and how they were impacted by the war. A story of grief, healing, love and support.
this is an amazing book, it explains things about the second world war and also explains the difficulties people in the United Kingdom had to go through. It's a real pageturner, when I first read "the war that saved my life" I was way too excited for " the war I finally won" to come out, when it finally did I got it as soon as I could, I read did it really quick, and wished there was another book.
Every once in a while I will do some light reading. I had grabbed "The War That Saved My Life" as it sounded interesting. It was also on a topic that is usually not written about. These two novels are amazing and I have recommended them to many people. The comments that appear from other readers say it much better than I do.
You definitely want to read The War that Saved My Life before reading this book. This directly follows the first book. If you liked the first book, you should read the second book, but the first book is definitely better.
Most of the characters from the first book continue in the second book with, a few new characters added to add variety and depth. The main new character is Ruth, a very unlikely German refugee girl sent to live with Susan Smith. Ruth adds a human element to the war, which is good, but she should have been a minor character.
More of the book should have been experiences of and character development of Ada - riding and caring for Butter - learning more about the world outside her old apartment - developing relationships - becoming more self-assured - maturing. Ada did have new experiences, did some growing up and found a way to better relate to adults and the role of parents and children, but it could have been richer material.
Overall, it was an enjoyable book, but it did not develop into its greatest potential, and for that reason I was disappointed.
When I first heard there was a sequel to the beautiful The War that Saved my life, I was skeptical. I had hoped and hoped that the first book would end with a happy ending, how could we open that up? But life doesn't work like that. This gorgeous sequels' characters are beautiful, and deeply flawed, and courageous, and fearful, and hopeful, and joyous, and broken, and deeply complex. This is a war story, and a horse story, and a story about a girl overcoming tragedy, but most of all a story about putting yourself back together when you are broken. Highly recommend.
Sequels can be hit or miss, but this one is a hit! In the sequel to The War That Saved My Life, eleven-year-old Ada is still adjusting to her new family, while the villagers struggle with the inevitable losses of war. Abuse, death, prejudice, and despair are met with redemption, kindness, friendship and bravery - so many emotional issues wrapped up in one great story.
Amazing storyteller. One of the most profound books I've ever read - and it's for CHILDREN! This book has everything - love, overcoming abuse, Jews escaping Germany during WW2, overcoming prejudice, dealing with grief and loss, what it means to have courage and MORE. Read it today!!!