The War I Finally Won Paperback – September 4, 2018
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"Stunning . . . By turns tough and tender, this novel leavens complex themes with moments of wonder and joy." —The Washington Post
"Rarely is a children’s book so honest . . . [and] daring. But there is comfort too, in Ada’s desire to love and grow. . . . The power of this book is that it describes, slowly and sometimes painfully, that it is possible not just to live through pain, but to live with it.” —The New York Times
★ "Thoughtful, brave, true, and wise beyond her years, Ada is for the ages—as is this book. Wonderful." —Kirkus, starred review
"It’s rare when a sequel is just as beautifully written and just as touching (maybe even more so) than the first book. . . . Bradley writes the story in such a way that the reader is by turns both touched and then, pages later, heartbroken. Over and over.” —HuffPost
★ "Fans of the first book will love the sequel even more; truly a first purchase. While it stands alone, encourage readers to read both books to fully appreciate Ada’s remarkable and wholly believable triumph." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Harrowing and heartening." —San Francisco Chronicle
★ "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." —The Horn Book, starred review
★ "A perceptive look into othering . . . 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." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Ada . . . is one of the most unforgettable characters in modern children’s literature." —The Washington Post
"In a hard times, complicated people do the best they can. That’s what we see in this bittersweet moving story . . . (Be prepared for both tears and smiles with this one!)" —ImaginationSoup
"Ada’s story is a winning combination of history and healing, and fans may hope that Bradley isn’t quite finished with her just yet." —Booklist
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As the story continues, there is more growth for Ada and her younger brother, Jamie, as they settle into life on the English seaside during the war. It's super interesting to see how the people cope as the war wears them down over the years with bombings and rations and the uncertainties war brings. These characters have to deal with deaths as well - one of which brought me to tears while reading on a subway train.
The capacity for these characters to adapt, change and open their minds is the lesson here, along with the demonstration of the resilience of the human character.
Sometimes dabbling in the YA category brings as much knowledge as books targeting more mature readers.