The War That Saved My Life

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  • In this scene, Ada is riding Butter when she sees a suspicious man on the beach (which is closed off from public access due to the war). The man has come to the beach from a small rowboat and is using a shovel to dig a hole in the sand. He places a briefcase in the sand and covers it up. Ada comes to the conclusion that he must be a spy and rushes off to the police station to report him. I chose this scene because before it happened, Ada didn't realize how close the war was to her home. Now, she sees that spies are mere miles from her house. This was a major eye-opener for Ada, because she realizes how very real the war is. Also, this event gives Ada self-confidence. She is recognized around her village as 'the girl who caught the spy', and 'the hero girl'. Before, people knew her as 'the girl with the messed up foot'. This event really boosted Ada's self-esteem. 
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