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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Narrator: Jayne Entwistle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780553556520
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From the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons comes an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds during World War II.

Nine-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 of 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?

This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Proving that her courage and compassion carry far more power than her disability, Ada earns self-respect, emerges a hero, and learns the meaning of home.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Involving, poignant, nuanced…This is a feel-good story but an earned one…distinct and powerful in its own right.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • Ada’s voice is brisk and honest; her dawning realizations are made all the more poignant for their simplicity…Things come to an explosive head, metaphorically and literally. Ignorance and abuse are brought to light, as are the healing powers of care, respect and love. Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada’s personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “There is much to like here—Ada’s engaging voice, the vivid setting, the humor, the heartbreak, but most of all the tenacious will to survive.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The home-front realities of WWII, as well as Ada’s realistic anger and fear, come to life in Bradley’s affecting and austerely told story, and readers will cheer for steadfast Ada as she triumphs over despair.”


  • “Jayne Entwistle’s narration enhances this bittersweet story of two poor children from London during WWII…Entwistle movingly captures the children’s sweet naïveté as well as their abusive mother’s brutality. She deftly portrays country dweller Susan Smith, who is at first reluctant to take in the children. Along with a touching story, listeners will be rewarded with a fascinating history from the perspective of kids who lived through the war. With her skillful presentation of true-to-life characters, Entwistle’s narration is totally compelling. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2016 ALA Odyssey Award
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About the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of several books for children, including Leap of Faith, Jefferson’s Sons, and the Newbery Honor book The War that Saved My Life.

About the Narrator

Jayne Entwistle is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.