Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, 2015 (May 19)

Okay, so for those of you who are new to this meme, here's how it works:
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read is The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.
(316 pages)

This week's quote comes from page 184:
She [Susan] squared her shoulders and stalked into the night, and I watched her go, and wanted Mam.
I wanted Mam to be like Susan.
I didn't really trust Susan not to be like Mam.
Does this interest you? Check back on Friday for my review!


  1. This sounds like something my son would really like. Though we're about through with WWII fiction these days. It does seem like there is a LOT of it lately. He's read The Book Thief and is on Echo right now and I've recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and I'm reading All the Light We Cannot See right now. There have been others recently too.

    1. I haven't read any of those, but I've definitely read my share of WWII fiction (Number the Stars, Yellow Star, Someone Named Eva, etc.). There is so much of it out there! I'd never read a book from this angle, though - the idea that the war could "save someone's life" is definitely a fascinating twist.


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