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Abused children escape WWII bombings [NEW SECTION OF "HUMANISMS"] once in a while

Abused children escape WWII bombings

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Abused children escape WWII bombings
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The War that Saved my Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
written for ages 11-14 | recommended with reservations
published in 2015 | Dial Books | 320 pages - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/bookreviews/view/abused-children-escape-wwii-bombings/17910#sthash.A3xp4XFW.dpuf

Ada has virtually no knowledge of the outside world. For the ten years of her short life her mother has forced her to remain in their apartment. Ashamed of her daughter's club foot, "Mam" allows her only to sit in a chair and look out the window, crawling occasionally around the small apartment to help make tea or care for her younger brother Jamie.
Realizing that her brother will soon attend school, Ada decides to teach herself to walk. Mam is not pleased by Ada's ambition, but has little time to crush the girl's spirit. The threat of German bombers over London forces all parents to send their children to the countryside for safety. Mam has no intention of allowing Ada to accompany Jamie, but Ada sneaks out with him and manages to integrate herself into his group of schoolmates on the train out of the city.
Upon arrival in a small coastal village, all the children await selection by the locals. No one wants to take Ada and Jamie, who clearly have been neglected. Lady Thorton, the woman in charge of the Londoners, brings them to the home of Susan Smith who is forced to take them in spite of her protests. Suffering from depression brought on by the recent death of her best friend Becky, Susan has no desire to take on this responsibility. She rises to the occasion, however, and proves to be the salvation of these two abused children.
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley helps the reader to see many things that most people take for granted. Ada's ignorance, brought on by her isolation, is astounding. She must learn even the simplest things, like how to use a toilet and what grass is.
Susan, the most compassionate character in the story, has a mysterious past. The implication that she and Becky may have been more than just friends, although subtle, is reinforced several times.
Much of the book takes place in Ada's head, where she recalls the abuse she suffered at her mother's hands in more detail than the publisher's suggested target audience (9-12 years) may be ready to handle. Her psychological problems also manifest themselves in ways that adults will understand, but that younger readers may find disturbing.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother
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You can't plan things like this on MercatorNet: I just realised that nearly all of today's articles centre on the theme of courageous witness to conscience. Mathew Otineo writes about a doomed company of Kenyan soldiers who were overrun by al-Shebaab terrorists and how they remembered their families. Campbell Markham remembers Antigone, the heroine of one of the greatest dramas of Ancient Greece. Walt Heyer speaks up against a movement to ban "reparative therapy". And Jennifer Roback Morse takes a backward look at the sexual revolution. That's for starters...

They mesh nicely with our search for contributions to our list of books about "Heroes and heroines of conscience". Click here to do the survey: http://goo.gl/3um2fe

Michael Cook 



Ancient wisdom about standing up to tyranny

Campbell Markham | FEATURES | 15 April 2016
In 2500 years, Sophocles' Antigone has lost none of its relevance.

‘Tell my family not to expect me back’

Mathew Otieno | HARAMBEE | 15 April 2016
A terrorist cameraman captured the farewell messages of dying Kenyan soldiers to their loved ones

Why governments shouldn’t ban ‘reparative therapy’

Walt Heyer | CONJUGALITY | 15 April 2016
People who choose to not embrace their same-sex attraction should be afforded the same rights as those who do

A message from the Pope’s field hospital

Jennifer Roback Morse | ABOVE | 15 April 2016
His latest document, "The Joy of Love" is a gift to the Catholics and the world

Abused children escape WWII bombings

Jennifer Minicus | READING MATTERS | 15 April 2016
Ada has never been allowed to go outside.

Another forgotten humanitarian crisis

Marcus Roberts | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY | 15 April 2016
14.5 million people are facing severe food shortages, thousands more are dying.

Hilllary Clinton is right: You can be a feminist and pro-life

Rachael Wong | FEATURES | 15 April 2016
Why not? Abortion harms both women and unborn baby girls.

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