Melissa Secor


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, world war 1, historical fiction, newberry honor award

Document Type

Book Review


Nine-year-old Ada has never left her small apartment in the middle of London. Born with a club foot, her mother is too ashamed to ever allow her out in public. When World War One begins and London is deemed unsafe for children, Ada sneaks out with her younger brother, Jamie, when he is shipped to the countryside to live with a foster family until London is safe again. When they get there, they meet Susan, a woman who has never been married and has no kids of her own. Although she’s hesitant at first, she quickly begins to love Jamie and Ada and takes care of them in a way they’ve never known before. Ada learns to walk and read and begins to grow more confident every day.