From Kimberly Brubaker Bradley comes the story of ten-year-old Ava as she fights to survive World War II along with her brother Jamie. Due to her deformed clubfoot, Ava has been locked in her apartment, and when the war begins, she and her brother escape to London. Here, Susan Smith is forced to take the two children in, raising them and protecting them throughout the period of war. Reading The War That Saved My Life, twice, (once at 10 and once at 14) I would say it’s an eye-opening book for younger kids. Parents may want to be slightly more cautious, as the book does contain scenes of abuse between Ava and her mother. However, the story does carry themes that are great for younger children, such as carrying through hard times, and not letting anything hold you back. The War That Saved My Life is also helpful for opening people’s eyes over physical deformities. With that said, The War That Saved My Life leans toward a slower pace in the middle of the book. While the scenes described are interesting, they don’t necessarily move the plot along. Although the book never gets old, I would say it’s a better read for younger children between 10-12.

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