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“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


If you love historical fiction, especially set in the WWII era, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley writes a story that will stick with you long after you finish the last page.

Ada and her brother Jamie have to flee their London home, only Ada is paralyzed and at the start of the book cannot walk. She didn’t even leave her one-room apartment where they lived with their abusive mother.

Ada is a strong character who endures a lot and shows us all how important the people who support us are in our lives and how detrimental it is to miss these people. Ada is learning to walk and is fiercely independent. I will say that the first one or two chapters were difficult to read as they show the cruel conditions and treatment Ada suffered at the start of the book, but as the story progresses we see hope begin to to bloom.

— Fawn Contreras, Youth Services Manager, Valley Community Library



Loveless by Alice Oseman

I was excited to read this book by Alice Oseman after watching Netflix’s new show, “Heartstopper,” which was adapted from her graphic novel series. This coming-of-age book was a lot of fun, even though the main character, Georgia, was figuring out who she was. “Loveless” is a great next read for fans of graphic novels or Netflix series.

— Kristen Wallo, Library Manager, Valley Community Library

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