The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won

eBook - 2017
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A New York Times bestseller
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
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
"Beautiful." —HuffPost
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group


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OPL_KIDS Apr 29, 2020

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

Dec 07, 2019

thats tuff
and i oop
i was skskskskscared

Nov 05, 2019

A wonderful sequel to "The War that Saved My Life". I had so much fun reading, and really completed Ada's story.

Mar 25, 2019

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.

ArapahoeMarcia Jan 23, 2019

This sequel highlights Ada as she heals and grows with friends and family during WWII in the English countryside. Highly recommended!

Oct 21, 2018

This is a solid, well-written book with well-developed characters. I hope Bradley writes more in this series.

Sep 08, 2018

yeah...the first book was better but still neat blah blah blah

Berlysbooks Mar 12, 2018

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?

Feb 10, 2018

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.

JCLBeckyC Jan 23, 2018

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.

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Oct 07, 2020

"You simply could not trust anything anyone ever said." - Ada

Oct 07, 2020

"Don't thank me. I'm beginning to learn how much I never realized I didn't know." - Lady Thorton

Jul 25, 2020

"Potato picking was tedious, dirty, exhausting and cold. I rather liked it." - Ada

Jul 25, 2020

""She doesn't like us," I said.
"I don't blame her," said Susan. "Poor girl."
Jamie said,"She looks pretty rich to me"" - The War I Finally Won

Jun 10, 2020

"I only knew how Germans felt about Brits. They bombed us." - Ada


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