An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
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.
©2014 Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (P)2014 Listening Library
"With her skillful presentation of true-to-life characters, Entwistle's narration is totally compelling." (AudioFile)
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I knew I would love this audiobook even before I started it. I was transported to another place and time, and I couldn't stop listening. The time flew by and before I knew it, I had finished this gem. I just might have to go back and read it again!
This book is suitable for folks of all ages. In summary, it tells the story of Ada, a 10 year old girl living in London with her mother and brother at the start of World War II. Ada's mother is hateful and crass and is embarrassed by Ada's clubfoot. As a result, Ada is kept in the house, treated as a subhuman, and as a result, thought by the neighbors to be mentally deficient.
It is no wonder that Ada and her 6 year old brother sneak out of the house and join the other local children who are being transported to the safety of the countryside to avoid the anticipated London bombings. It is in the country, with initially reluctant caretaker, Susan Smith, that Ada begins to find her self-worth and see the world for the first time. Susan herself is not without problems, being something of an outsider like Ada. That is why it is so magical that Ada and Susan found each other. There were times that I just wanted to hug Susan (and of course, Ada, too, for different reasons.)
Jayne Entwistle provides an expert narration capturing the real spirit of Ada. All in all, this was a wonderful, magical book. I am so glad I found it!
I don't usually read much fiction, but do enjoy a great story with an excellent narrator. I would give this audiobook 10 stars if I could. The story is both warm and heartbreaking and the narrator is perfect. I just finished it and am close to tears because I enjoyed it so much and never wanted it to end.
I thought this was a great book! It was so touching. Hard to start reading, but once you get into it you never want to stop. I was up all night listening! Beautiful ending, wish there was prequel describing the surgery.
This story and the performance by Jayne Entwistle make me feel a little badly about all the other books I've given five stars. This one deserves every little point on every single star!
I have well over a 1000 audiobooks and only a handful have gotten 5 stars. This one gets it. I was hooked from the very beginning and didn't want it to end. Even though you knew how it would end, it made no difference to the story. The narrator was perfect and had the exact voice and tone one would have expected from Ada. Well done!
Loved this sweet, heartbreaking story ! Although catagorized as a children's book, it isn't juvenile at all. Suitable for anyone who loves a story told from a child's perspective. Superlative narration.
I did not read the book, I only listened to it. But the performance by Jayne Entwistle was, Excellent!
Kimberly Bradley was brilliant and masterful dealing in words with the emotional bondage Ada had to fight through to enter into the freedom of love. Excellent.
All of them! Jamie, Susan, Ada, Mam -- All unique and beautifully performed.
Absolutely. But since life has to be lived, it was always a joy to listen to it on my way to work and home and walking.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a beautifully written story and an excellent performance
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