The War that Saved My LifeSpring 2015 Fiction
Ada, born with a club foot, is kept hidden in her family's third-floor, one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated to let anyone see her deformed foot. When Ada once tried to leave, scooting down the stairs on her bottom, she was beaten until she bled and threatened with having the single window, her only view of the outside world, boarded up. Ada's only solace from her mother's hateful abuse is her little brother, Jamie. Now that he is six, Ada can no longer keep him cooped up inside by entertaining him. He is beginning to run wild with the other boys in the neighborhood. Ada decides that she must learn to walk on her crippled foot, in order to help Jamie if he needs her outside. Through great difficulty, she does teach herself to walk -- a skill she hides from her mother.
With WWII underway, children are evacuated from London to live with families in the country. When Ada discovers the plans to evacuate Jamie, she steals her mother's shoes and joins Jamie on the train. Reluctantly, a woman named Susan Smith takes the two into her home.
This beautifully crafted story of redemption, family, trust and love is based in history and filled with adventure.