Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Kimberly Brubaker Bradley as she reads from and signs The War That Saved My Life.
World War II England is the setting for this exceptionally moving follow-up to the acclaimed Jefferson’s Sons. Nine year-old Ada has never left her room because her abusive mother is so ashamed of her clubfoot. When Ada overhears that her little brother, Jamie is going to be evacuated out of London because of the approaching war, Ada sneaks out to join him.
Thus begins a new chance for Ada, as well as for Susan Smith, the reclusive woman who takes in the two children. Little by little, Ada opens up and starts to trust people, and Susan learns to nurture the kids and to love again after years of loneliness. As the story unfolds, Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, helps capture a German spy, and in a dramatic finale, saves herself and her brother once and for all from the tyranny of their mother.
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of children’s novels, nonfiction books, and picture books. She lives in a Tennessee farmhouse with her husband and two children. The War That Saved My Life was recently named a 2016 Newberry Honor Book and the winner of the 2016 Schneider and Odyssey awards.