The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is set in England during WWll. It has a perspective of Ada, a young girl with a clubbed foot. Ada and her younger brother, Jamie, run away from home to escape from their abusive mother. They board a train with all the other children to escape the war. Jamie and Ada meet Susan, a smart, caring, and kind woman that decides to take them in until the war ends. Throughout the book, you learn more about the characters and watch as the stubborn Ada grows to love Susan. This book shows how for some people the war was helpful. This book was very enjoyable to read.
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Teen SRC 2018 – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt
This was Anne Frank’s diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years. In it is an account of her days in the confined quarters with her various companions, containing her yearning for affection, rebellious clashes with her parents, romance, and wry, candid observations of her companions. She faced hunger, fear of discovery and death, and frustrations of living in such confined quarters. This book has become a world classic and a testament to the human spirit.
Teen SRC 2017 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A truly brilliant read, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a riveting and unique novel revolving around the Second World War. The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a girl who stole a book from a cemetery but knows not how to read or write. Orphaned by the loss of her brother and mother, she is adopted by foster parents, the father of which teaches Liesel how to read. As the war continues, her life changes as she finds more books and a Jewish man hides in her basement. These events, whilst being small, were crucial for the way the story played out. Narrated from the peculiar yet surprisingly amusing view of Death, The Book Thief is an absolutely recommended read that will give new perspectives to anyone.