Lit Bite: The War That Saved My Life

January 15, 2024

“My bad foot’s a long way from my brain.”

Set right at the start of World War II, we follow Ada, a 10-year-old girl whose mother has kept her locked in their small apartment her whole life because of her clubfoot. But when she finds out that her little brother will be sent away to the country because of the imminent bombing, she decides to take a chance and change her fate. This is a beautiful story about overcoming trauma, fighting for yourself, and finding family in unlikely places.

With this Lit Bite, your child will learn about World War II and the British homefront, as well as literary devices like metaphor and conflict. Packed with discussion starters and activities to take the story further, your child will be having so much fun, that they won’t even know they are learning!

This Lit Bite will take 3 weeks to complete (as written) and is perfect for children ages 10 – 12.

Content Warnings: child abuse

Every Lit Bite comes with:

  • a full reading schedule
  • vocabulary
  • discussion questions
  • copywork and dictation taken from the literature
  • activities and project ideas to help you achieve the best reading experience with your children!

Required book:

Amazon: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – Buy at

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Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

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