Horn Book Starred Review!
Very exciting news (a few days old, but oh well!) about the first review for The War I Finally Won! Excerpts below!
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This sequel to Bradley’s Newbery Honor–winning The War That Saved My Life
(rev. 1/15) begins with high drama…
Details of life on the WWII home front? Check: food rationing; fire-watching;
blackout curtains; pig clubs. Memorable characters? Plenty, including Jewish refugee
and math whiz Ruth, whom Lady Thorton despises for being German.
Throughout everything, events both mundane and dramatic (and there
are a ton; the book is packed with incident), runs the thread of Ada’s emotional
healing…Bradley sweeps us up in the story she’s telling and at the same time raises hard questions and makes us think—even as she moves us to tears. Today’s generation of readers is unlikely to discover Magorian’s classic Good Night, Mr. Tom (rev. 6/82)—but the two volumes of Ada’s story fill that void, with bells on.
The full review will be published in the September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine. Warning: the full review does contain spoilers!