The War I Finally Won (Hardcover)

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At the end of The War that Saved My Life, Ada & Jamie are reunited with Susan, but their house has been bombed. This book continues their story. After Ada’s long-awaited clubfoot surgery & months in the hospital, they move into a cottage belonging to Lady Thornton. World War II continues to escalate, & the rich Lady Thornton’s mansion is taken for military use. She has no choice but to move into the small cottage with them. Although it’s hard living in the crowded place, it gets worse when Ruth moves in. Ruth—a Jewish girl from Germany! Ada doesn’t know if she can trust her. And when a sudden loss rocks the tiny cottage, it’s hard to keep fighting. Will Ada make it through the calamity? Find out in: The War I Finally Won, yet another amazing war story!

— Hannah C., Age 12

For Ada, World War II has been a good thing so far.  It got her out of a trapped existence with an abusive mother, the surgery she needed to fix her clubfoot, a guardian who seems to love her, friends, even a pony of her own.  

Now that her life is changing for the better, Ada can see that others face great challenges, too, even those who seem to have everything.  As the sacrifices of war come closer to home, is it Ada’s turn to help?  And why is figuring out who to help so confusing?

Readers will welcome another chance to share Ada’s story in this very satisfying sequel to The War That Saved My Life.

— Laura


A New York Times bestseller

Like the classic heroines of Sarah, Plain and Tall, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables, Ada is a fighter for the ages. Her triumphant 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--damaged, deranged, crippled mentally as well as physically. She's not a daughter anymore, either. Who is she now?

World War II rages on, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, move with their guardian, Susan, into a cottage with the iron-faced Lady Thorton and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded home is tense. Then Ruth moves in. Ruth, a Jewish girl, from Germany. A German? Could Ruth be a spy?

As the fallout from war intensifies, calamity creeps closer, and life during wartime grows even more complicated. Who will Ada decide to be? How can she keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

Ada's first story, The War that Saved My Life, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won a Newbery Honor, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Josette Frank Award, in addition to appearing on multiple best-of-the-year lists. This second masterwork of historical fiction continues Ada's journey of family, faith, and identity, showing us that real freedom is not just the ability to choose, but the courage to make the right choice.

"Honest . . . Daring."
--The New York Times
--The Washington Post
★ "Ada is for the ages--as is this book. Wonderful."
--Kirkus, starred review
★ "Fans of the first book will love the sequel even more." --SLJ, starred review
★ "Bradley sweeps us up . . . even as she moves us to tears." --The Horn Book, starred review
★ "Perceptive . . . satisfying . . . will stay with readers." --PW, starred review
"Beautiful." --HuffPost.

About the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley lives on a forty-two-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee. She is the author of several books for children, including Leap of Faith, Jefferson's Sons, and the Newbery Honor book The War that Saved My Life.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525429203
ISBN-10: 0525429204
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English