Parents' Guide to

The War That Saved My Life

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.

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age 9+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 8+
I think that this book shows positive messages and role models. This book also educates kids about the terrible WWII there is one sad death when a man from the war wanted to write a note to his family and died before he could. All and all I think this is a great book for kids nine and up.

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Educational value
Great messages
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age 10+


This is a amazing story for kids who wanna learn more about world war 2. there is some common sense in it but if your someone who has read something like this then this is the perfect book I'm 9 and I loved it!

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (54 ):

In lesser hands than those of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, the plot might tumble into cliché, but thanks to Ada's unforgettable character and unflinching voice, you're too busy cheering her on. She comes into her own as she experiences a world she's never imagined. A cynic, even a young one, might note in passing that THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE includes elements we've seen many times before: Lives change when a reclusive curmudgeon takes in waifs; a pony transforms a troubled girl's life; brave Brits rise to the occasion in wartime. But they're artfully woven into the story.

You'll also share the anxiety that gives Ada bigger panic attacks the better her life gets, because it's all going to be snatched away. She explains to her new friend that she doesn't want her guardian, Susan, to help her, because "I don't want to get used to her. She's just someone we have to stay with for a little while. She's not, you know, actually real."

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