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On October 11, 2017, The War I Finally Won debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestsellers list. This does not surprise me, because Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's sequel to the multi-award winning The War that Saved my Life, does not disappoint, but rather, carries on the story, showing how Ada has recovered after the surgery that fixed her club foot. She is not what her mother said:  crippled in mind and body, deranged, a disappointment. Yet Ada must continue to fight to find out who she is, and her sufferings were not over--though nothing Ada could ever have seen or expected. 

To indicated how good this book is, I am going to use the example of my 13-year-old daughter, who is a reader and big fan of animal fantasy. She picked this book up from my stack of review copies and snagged it before I found it--three weeks later! But she had read the entire book, start to finish, in two day. For a girl whose favorite books are fantastical animal stories like Wings of Fire and Warriors series, I can attest, this is testimony straight from the intended audience, and my personal focus groups. Additionally, I can attest to the excellence of Kim Bradley's books because I was fortunate enough to have been in a writers groups for many years, and was there when her first book was accepted,  Ruthie's Gift, published 1999. Since then Bradley has proven herself to be an award-winning author of excellence in the area of middle grade historical fiction. To learn more about Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and her books, see more on her blog, her official Simon & Schuster publisher page, or on Facebook. Here's what others are saying: 

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  • Aug 5, 2-4 pm, Barnes & Noble, Brighton, MI: Meet eight local children's book authors during Education Appreciation Days organized through the  Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Chapter, Published and Listed Authors (SCBWI-MI PAL)    
  • Aug 7, Literary Luncheon sponsored by The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI
  • Sept. 10, 10:30 am -5 pm, Kerrytown BookFest. Ann Arbor, MI
  • Sept. 15-16, SCBWI Mi Conference, "Gathering at the Grand"
  • January 2018, Grand Rapids Christian High School Winterim, "So You Want to be in Publishing?" 
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer Conference 2017, Chicago, IL
  • June 3, 2017, Reading Rocks Rockford, Krause Memorial Library, Rockford, MI
  • June 21-22, “Build-a-Book” & “How a book is Made,” Brownsburg Public Library (Indianapolis)
  • June 22-26, ALA Summer 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Dec. 10, 2017, The Bookman, SCBWI-MI PAL Merry Mitten Holiday, Grand Haven, MI 

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Honoring Paul Goble

By Kim Childress
Cherry Lake Publishing (Sleeping Bear Press)

ISBN: 978-1634719018 (Library Binding)

ISBN:978-1634719476 (Paperback)

​Part of the Find Your Future in STEAM series

​I was hired to edit, and I got to write this book in the process! 

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This is just mind-blowing to me. My kids grew up watching Arthur, and I've always been a fan

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​​​​Kim Childress

The War That Saved My Life

The War I Finally Won
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Dial BFYR  (Oct. 11, 2017)

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

​coming of age, family life, adoption, WWII, Europe, literature, adult interest, special needs

Find Your Future in Art, Cherry Lake/Sleeping Bear Press, Aug. 2016

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