France during World War I
Ireland during the first world war
England during World War II
The U.S. during World War II
Her mother felt the world would shame her for having a crippled girl.
She couldn't walk and would be causing more work for her mother.
The neighborhood children would make fun of her.
Her mother was afraid Ada would be hurt while she was outside.
She was unteachable.
No one wanted to teach her.
She never wanted to learn.
She'd never been to school.
She made special covers for her hands and knees to she could crawl.
She began to store food that Jamie stole on the street.
She practiced walking all summer long, when she was alone.
She made new clothing for herself and her brother to wear.
Maggie saw Ada riding Butter and gave her some writing tips.
They met at school and liked each other right away.
Ada wrote letters to Maggie when Maggie had to go away to school.
Ada took her home when she had an accident and fell off her horse.
Smacked his left hand with a ruler whenever he tried to use it.
She tied his left hand to his chair so he couldn't use it.
Put him in a corner when he tried to use his left hand.
Made fun of him for being of the devil.
She served as a maid to help keep the house clean.
She worked in the Victory Garden to grow tomatoes.
She helped Fred Grimes, the stable master, with the horses.
She took them freshly baked bread every morning.
To get permission to take Ada and Jamie on a trip
To see if she would come live in the village.
To invite her to come at Thanksgiving.
To get permission for surgery on her foot.
He brought home a stray cat for a pet.
He learned to ride Butter as well as Ada did.
He got to stay home from school.
He got to help the pilots at the airfield.
It was so small and dark and scary.
She was afraid there were bugs and rats in it.
It reminded her of the smell of the cabinet with roaches she was forced into by her mother.
She was afraid the bombs would hit it.