Parents' Guide to

The War I Finally Won

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Ada shows courage in riveting English wartime sequel.

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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+

Great intro to WW2 fiction

The character development and interactions are great! The details of World War II life in England (rations, black out curtains, telegrams, Jewish refugees, etc) are good exposure of this era for kids. I only disliked the inclusion of Susan's past relationship with another woman; seemed like an unnecessary detail because it is strongly suggested but not stated explicitly. Despite this one factor, the story is very good and even valuable!
age 9+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley delivers a rich, satisfying tale of courage, friendship, family, and love in this compelling sequel. As Ada adjusts to her new life as a wartime evacuee, she copes with fear, deprivation, danger, and daily squabbles. Best friend Maggie, little brother Jamie, and adoptive mom Susan -- as well as pony Butter -- offer loving support as death, disease, and the first signs of the Holocaust take their toll. Spirited Ada's courage inspires other characters, and readers will love cheering her on and following her character development as they learn more about a violent chapter of history.

The War I Finally Won can work as a stand-alone, but it's better if you've read The War That Saved My Life first.

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