Dana is a reading teacher at Cub Run Elementary School.
Historical fiction is not my favorite genre, nor a genre I read often, but this book is one that I can highly recommend. This book takes place during World War II and is written from the perspective of an eleven year old evacuee. Ada, who was born with a clubfoot, was never permitted to leave her apartment because her mother was embarrassed of her. Because of this, she never learned to walk, read, or write. It was not until she escaped with her brother, Jamie, to go to London to live with Susan, her host, that she realized just what life could be all about. Ada blossoms during this time, and learns to read, write, ride horses, and walk. While it takes her a long time to realize the value of life, and those that take part in it, she ends up becoming a hero in the end.
I admire how the author takes a very devastating part of history, and uses that to teach children about our past in a way in which they can relate to and understand. It makes the reader see that there can be good in any situation, depending on how it is handled. I am looking very forward to the sequel!