An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.
Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making.
The new book is patterned after a book of daily devotions that was given to one million members of the Armed Forces during World War II and the Korean War.
Strength for Service to God and Community went out of publication in 1954, but a California Boy Scout arranged to have it reprinted and expanded. Some 500,000 copies of the updated book have been published and most of the books were sent free to chaplains to distribute to their troops prior to deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Strength for Service to God and Community, the companion volume, is written for men and women who rush into situations where others are running the opposite direction.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Tackett, director of the International Police and Fire Chaplains Association said the book will become an important tool for his chaplains. "Sometimes these highly trained people can draw a blank during high stress/trauma situations. . . The book is a tool to help the mind, soul, and spirit find peace."
Strength for Service to God and Community inspires Scouts of all ages to quickly respond to any situation with reason, courage and compassion. It is an ideal resource for training and many related Merit Badges from First Aid and Lifesaving to Public Health and Safety. Strength for Service to God and Community is especially suited to those Scouts and leaders working as first responders or those wishing to pursue careers in emergency services.
“For more than 100 years, Scouts have said the words Duty, Honor, and God as part of the Scout Oath. These words come to life in the millions of extraordinary achievements and good deeds current and former Scouts do each day.” --Wayne Brock, Former Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Irving, Texas