The War That Saved My Life
In a previous era, often children with challenges were needlessly hidden in cellars, closets or attics, depriving them of an education and social life, or even an opportunity for forming friendships. This year’s ALLen Reads selection, The War That Saved My Life, is an engaging story about Ava, a girl born with a clubfoot who was hidden from public view and abused. When she and her younger brother are evacuated from London during World War II, Ava develops persistence and perseverance, which prove to be invaluable in her newly adopted home.
At 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Public Library, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley will discuss her book that garnered a Newberry Honor Medal and a Kirkus Best Books of the Year designation and was on the New York Times Bestsellers list. This will be followed by a light reception and book signing.
Although majoring in Chemistry at college, Kimberley enrolled in a number of writing classes as part of her curricula. One of her writing teachers was Newberry medalist Patricia MacLachlan. After enrolling in medical school, Kimberly quit after six weeks to pursue her dreams of writing for children.
While planning and researching her book, Kimberley traveled to England. She soon discovered that the story of the courageous evacuees is routinely taught in schools in the United Kingdom. Ordinary people kept diaries, which now offer a treasure trove of insights into the daily aspects of living during this frightening period of British history. Kimberley found The Imperial War Museum in London to be a tremendous resource with artifacts such as an air raid siren and Princess Elizabeth’s ration book from the war on display.
Copies of The War That Saved My Life, and its sequel The War I Finally Won, will be available for purchase at the program.
Sponsored by ALLen Reads, the program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.