The War That Saved My Life


The War That Saved My Life | by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | Tuesday 7pm EST June 9 – June 16

Holly Ratcliff
Short Bios of Leaders
Holly Ratcliff has a combined 20+ years of experience in technical writing and editing (print and web documents) for both the transportation industry and the telecommunications industry, and she has 19 years of classroom teaching experience in Business and Technical Writing, as well as Research Writing, Literary Analysis, and Rhetoric/Composition, at the University of Tennessee, Tusculum University, Pellissippi State Community College, and King University (formerly King College). She has also recently worked in the Knox County school system as a teacher of dual-enrollment college-level English courses on behalf of Pellissippi State at Carter High School. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in Communication, Information, & Design at King University, as well as the Director of the Knoxville Writing Center and Co-Facilitator of the Online Writing Lab. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor of English at Tusculum University in Greeneville, TN teaching Composition I: Close Reading & Analysis and Composition II: Research & Rhetoric.
Short summary of the book
*Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the 2016 Schneider Family Book Award

This #1 New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II. For fans of Counting by 7s and Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?