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The War I Finally Won


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A tale of courage set in England during the dark days of World War II and the sequel to the much-loved 2016 Newbery Honor Book, The War That Saved My Life.

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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has written several historical novels for children and young adults, including the bestselling Newbery Honor Book The War that Saved My Life. She lives on a farm in Tennessee with her family.


`With a satisfying yet realistic ending, The War I Finally Won is a great way to end Ada's battle.' * Book Muse *
`This absorbing adventure, with its gentle humour and fearless characters, will captivate you. It is as exciting as it is poignant and wise and deserves to take its rightful place among the classics of children's wartime literature.' * Reading Time *
Ada's voice is honest and authentic and true...A novel to curl up with on a rainy day; it took me back to the novels I read and loved as a child.' -- Steph Bowe * author of Night Swimming on The War that Saved My Life *
`Achingly lovely...Nuanced and emotionally acute, this vivid tale from the wartime home front will have readers ages 10-14 wincing at Ada's stumbles and rejoicing to the point of tears in her victories.' * Wall Street Journal on The War that Saved My Life *
`Heartwarming, realistic and ultimately moving...A brilliant read from start to finish, The War that Saved My Life explores themes of love, loss and hope and shows that sometimes the hardest battles are the ones fought within ourselves.' * Gobblefunked on the War That Saved My Life *
`An inimitable, robust, yet lyrically written bildungsroman. Its gentle humour is poignant and heartwarming.' * Australian on The War that Saved My Life *
`Ada's transformation from an angry young woman into a confident lady is imaginatively drawn.' * Australian Women's Weekly on The War that Saved My Life *
`Ada's voice is brisk and honest; her dawning realizations are made all the more poignant for their simplicity...Ignorance and abuse are brought to light, as are the healing powers of care, respect and love. Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration.' * Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews on The War that Saved My Life *
`A story of courage and hope. Watching Ada's transformation and seeing her relationship with Susan grow is a lovely journey.' * Otago Daily Times on The War that Saved My Life *
`Proving that her courage and compassion carry far more power than her disability, Ada earns self-respect, emerges a hero, and learns the meaning of home.' * Starred Review, Publishers Weekly on The War that Saved My Life *
`A moving and captivating story.' * Best Middle-Grade Fiction Books of 2016, Readings on The War that Saved My Life *
`A beautifully written and very moving book, bound to be an instant classic.' * Booktopia on The War that Saved My Life *
`Brubaker Bradley is unsparing in her rendition of the human toll that wars incur. But it is a book, like its predecessor, that teems with beauty...Both books leave a profound afterglow and establish themselves firmly as classics to be loved and revisited.' * Magpies *
`A deeply satisfying novel.' * Readings Best Middle Fiction 2017 *
`A fitting sequel.' * NZ Listener, 50 Best Books for Kids *
`Heart-wrenching and heartwarming at the same time...Ada's story tells us that there is hope, there are people of goodwill, and perseverance is always worth the struggle.' * Good Reading *

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