Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
A beautifully written story of Ada, a club footed child, hated by her mother and forced to stay in their dingy London flat. She and her little brother, Jamie, through grit and determination get themselves to the train taking children out of London to temporary homes in Kent to keep them safe from the expected bombing of London. Here, they are placed with sad, proper, Susan Smith, whose patience, determination and growing love for them changes their lives. There is much sadness in this story, wonderfully read by Jayne Entwistle, and much joy, as well. Ada is justifiably prickly in her dealings with “Miss”, but her undying spirit and never-ending stubbornness serve her well, and help her see how she has been gently turned from her mother’s hate to Susan’s love. 2016 Newbery Honor Book.
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC BRADLEY)