The War I Finally Won Audio CD – Unabridged, January 1, 2035
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About the Author
- Publisher : Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (January 1, 2035)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0525493611
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525493617
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
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Three major developments take place in this book: 1) A young German refugee named Ruth comes to live with Ada, Susan, Jamie and Lady Thornton, 2) A tragedy befalls the family as part of the war and 3) Susan becomes very ill and requires hospitalization. Throughout the book, the reader sees these three events folded together to bring the book to its eventual close…how they deal with Ruth, face their tragedy and learn about the depth of their love for one another in the face of Susan’s illness are the major themes that frame the second book overall.
Readers get to spend more time with Lady Thornton and her family members in this sequel and will get to know Ruth (and see the impact of the war on Germans who did not follow Hitler.) We also learn about suffering and strength and what it can do to people’s characters. Finally, we get to see Ada come to terms with her history and understand that she is lovable and that her mother’s assertions about her defectiveness were nothing more than the ravings of a women who was inherently ‘broken’ herself.
Jamie continues to provide comic relief in this second book and Ada continues to establish herself as a fighter…she faces adversity and her own fear with courage and aplomb. Perhaps most heartwarming within this second book is Susan’s story: we finally learn more about her past and come to understand her depression, her strength and her willingness and ability to love Ada and Jamie through their struggles. The combination of Ada’s and Susan’s characters, is, to my mind, one of the best pairings I have encountered in a book in a long time. They will tear at your heartstrings, have you in tears and leave you with warm laughter.
I can’t recommend these two books enough…they read like older books of the same style (think Anne of Green Gables or Little Women) but are somewhat more modern and forward thinking. There’s lots to learn about World War II and the state of affairs of that time in Europe but neither book reads as ‘educational’ (a curse to the 11 year old, I assure you!) There’s a lot to uncover in each book and I’m sure you could read each one repeatedly and find new and different topics to consider and discuss. Brubaker Bradley does an amazing job drawing this ‘family’ together and making the reader truly care about what happens as they build their story together! Read them in order, for sure…but definitely take the opportunity to read them. You won’t regret it!
Top reviews from other countries
I was a bit worried if I would like this book as much the The War That Saved My Life, but The War I Finally Won is a worthy successor. My daughters, aged 10 and 11, and I absolutely loved it! While TWTSML dealt more with trauma and its effects on a child, The War I Finally Won paints a vivid picture of life during WWII. Both stories are fascinating. We have had so many discussions about themes raised by the book, ranging from WWII to neglect, abuse, trauma, freedom, being disabled, Nazi Germany, poverty, non-traditional families, self-discovery and women during the war. I cannot recommend this book enough.