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The War That Saved My Life- Lauren Imelio

The War That Saved My Life- Lauren Imelio

“The War That Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a story about Ada and Jamie, a sibling duo who have been mistreated by their abusive mother for their entire lives. Ada suffers from a clubfoot, which was left untreated since she was an infant. Their mother decided to keep Ada locked away from society in fears that Ada will embarrass her in any way. When Hitler begins to strike down on England, the opportunity arises for Jamie to find refuge from the upcoming war. As Jamie begins his journey to the countryside, Ada takes the opportunity of a lifetime and joins him on the train. When they arrive at their fateful destination they meet a women who quickly changes their lives. Miss. Smith is a single women who is a self-proclaimed “mean” woman, who takes the children in as her own and feeds and clothes them.

For my chapter book, I decided to read “The War That Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I chose to read this book because I have a huge interest in World War II books. “Night,” written by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is one of my favorite books of all time and is a book I would definitely teach with if I ended up as a high school level English teacher. I read this book my sophomore year of high school and I still consider it one of the best books ever. Both of these books are set in the same time span anywhere from 1939 to 1945. “The Diary of Anne Frank,” written by Anne Frank, depicts a real-life experience of a young girl living in silence for years during World War II. All of these books are so deeply interesting and depict horrible, true life sequences.


2 Replies to “The War That Saved My Life- Lauren Imelio”

  1. Hi Lauren! I love that we got the option to choose our chapter book and you chose one that relates to wars, what a fascinating interest! It’s great that you’re already brainstorming books to go through in your classes. I wonder if Ada’s clubfoot causes any issues while living their new life in the countryside. I wonder how it ends!

  2. I like the way you described events that happened in the book, it was easy to follow and understand what types of problems Jamie and Ada were faced with. I selected the same book as you and enjoyed the following the journey of these two troubled kids. The connection and explanations that you gave for selecting this good is very good. This book works as a great example to introduce students about World War II and how it affected the lives of many.

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