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The Silver Sword

by Ian Serraillier

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

Children's & YA Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Silver Sword

A classic story from World War Two, this tells how three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are helped by the young orphan Jan to escape from the horrors of Warsaw after the arrest of their parents. How the children travel across war torn Europe surviving every kind of danger and privation is thrilling and deeply moving. It is the story of a terrible time made bearable by the strong streak of humanity at its heart and by the unusual acts of kindness the children experience on their travels.


The Silver Sword Synopsis

Although the silver sword was only a paper knife, it became the symbol of hope and courage which kept the Balicki children and their orphan friend Jan alive through the four years of occupation when they had to fend for themselves. And afterwards it inspired them to keep going on the exhausting and dangerous journey from war-torn Poland to Switzerland, where they hoped to find their parents.

Based on true accounts, this is a moving story of life during and after the Second World War.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780141362649
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Author: Ian Serraillier
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Collections: 100+ Children’s Books to Read as an Adult - Grown-up But Never Outgrown.,
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction

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The Good Book Guide Review

On the run in Nazi-occupied Europe, four children try to make their way to Switzerland, led by Jan whose ‘silver sword' (a paper-knife) is their talisman. A desperate and touching story.

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About Ian Serraillier

Ian Serraillier (1912-1994), was a British novelist and poet. Born in London, he was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was best known for his children's books, especially The Silver Sword published in 1956. As well as children's novels and poetry, Serrailler produced his own retellings of classic tales, in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and the Greek myths. Together with his wife Anne he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories.

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