- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525429204
- ISBN-13: 978-0525429203
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Ada picks up her story shortly after The War That Saved My Life left off. She's in the hospital, nervously awaiting the surgery that will fix her club foot, when Susan receives a letter from Lady Thornton that obviously upsets her. Turns out, Ada's mother was killed in a bombing. Ada does not know how to feel about that, but, ever practical, she worries about where that leaves her and brother Jamie now that they are war orphans instead of child evacuees. Despite Susan's assurances that the three of them are family now, Ada remains prickly and irritable, particularly when Jamie falls easily into calling Susan "Mum." The three move into a cottage on the Thornton estate and are soon joined by Lady Thornton when the big house is needed for the war effort. Ada is leery of Lady Thornton, but living in close quarters brings out the best and worst in everyone, especially when Lord Thornton arrives with a German Jewish girl named Ruth whom he wishes Susan to tutor. Ada's unique voice helps evoke the novel's vivid setting and numerous complex characters. There is destitution but plenty of humor. There is also plenty of heartbreak and loss, so readers will want to keep a box of tissues handy. VERDICT 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.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
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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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Bradley writes books that don’t just draw you in, they captivate you. It was so wonderful to return to Ada’s story and find out what happens to beloved characters. In this sequel, more is shown of the stern Lady Thornton and Bradley demonstrates that with more knowledge comes more understanding. Ada continues to be a dynamic character, never easy with life or her own role in it. And yet as Ada is prickly and abrupt, she is also warm and inquisitive, looking for answers and asking questions.
Bradley wrestles with dark themes in both of the novels in this series. There is the physical and mental abuse that Ada suffered at the hands of her mother. There is the ongoing war that threatens everyone’s safety. There is the loss of beloved characters due to that war. Still, she also shines hope. Hope for progress forward, for learning more, for accepting differences and for building friendships. The tension between all of this is remarkably well-handled and creates a book that is riveting to read.
A sequel that is just as good as the first, get this into the hands of fans. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
Ada, Susan and Jamie somehow survived their trip to London and now is the perfect time for Ada to have her surgery to fix her club foot. But now that it is fixed, she is left wondering who she is? Where does she fit into the world she is now living in and how will she manage to see beyond what she has always been told.
With their home having been destroyed, Susan, Jamie and Ada move into a cottage on the Thorton's estate. World War II is in full swing and the ramifications are reaching everyone. Suddenly, Ada finds herself forced to live with Lady Thorton, her daughter Maggie and Ruth. Ruth is a German whom no one in the house trusts because how could they, she could be a spy.
Will Ada give up on life and fail due to her circumstances, or will she persevere and survive it all?
I must admit. I have four children ranging in ages from 11 to 4. As we listened to this audio book, my kids would beg me to drive further, take them on drives or stay in the car longer once we parked to find out what would happen next. Each of my children as well as myself were completely engaged with this story, as well as talking about it long after we finished. Jayne Entwistle brought this story to life with her talent as a narrator. I would highly recommend this to all. The entire story is one that everyone should read (books 1 & 2).
A wonderful and important work of the kind of writing that reminds you why books are so precious.
So rarely does a "sequel" carry the triumph of a first novel but this book is simply a continuation of all that is good in its predecessor.
An important and poignant story about world war two, the capacity of the human heart and the victory in loving someone.