The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won

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Pub Date: 26 October, 2017
Extent: 304pp
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781911231165
Rights: UK & Comm: Text Publishing
Reading Age: 14+

Like the classic heroines, Ada conquers the homefront as her 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—crippled mentally as well as physically. She’s not a daughter anymore, either. What is she?

Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? Everyone is horrified. Life becomes more complex. How can Ada keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

The War that Saved My Life, won a Newbery Honor, the Schneider Family Book Award, the Josette Frank Award, and was shortlisted in the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award, 2017. This second, marvellous volume continues Ada’s powerful, uplifting story.


‘Achingly lovely…Nuanced and emotionally acute.’ Wall Street Journal

‘Heartwarming, realistic and ultimately moving…A brilliant read from start to finish, The War that Saved My Life explores themes of love, loss and hope and shows that sometimes the hardest battles are the ones fought within ourselves.’ Gobblefunked

‘An inimitable, robust, yet lyrically written bildungsroman. Its gentle humour is poignant and heartwarming.’ Australian

‘A fitting sequel.’ NZ Listener, 50 Best Books for Kids

‘Ada’s transformation from an angry young woman into a confident lady is imaginatively drawn.’ Australian Women’s Weekly

‘Bradley sweeps us up in the story she’s telling and at the same time raises hard questions and makes us think—even as she moves us to tears.’ Starred Review, The Horn Book

‘Ada’s struggles with her trauma are portrayed with such incredible nuance and heart-wrenching realism that readers are sure to empathize deeply and revel in the joy of watching thoughtful, introspective Ada heal and grow.’Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

‘Bradley sensitively portrays Ada’s journey to accept selfless kindness and love after years of neglect in a poignant and satisfying story of found family that will stay with readers.’ Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

‘Fans of the first book will love the sequel even more.’ Starred Review, School Library Journal