The Silver Sword

The Silver Sword

By (author) Ian Serraillier , Contributions by Jane Serraillier


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The classic tale of a journey through war-torn Europe. Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by World War Two, Jan and his three homeless friends cling to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. As they travel through Europe towards Switzerland, where they believe they will be reunited with their parents, they encounter many hardships and dangers. This extraordinarily moving account of an epic journey gives a remarkable insight into the reality of a Europe laid waste by war.

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • 07 Apr 2003
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map, 1 port.
  • 0099439492
  • 9780099439493
  • 5,642

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Ian Serraillier (September 24, 1912 - November 28, 1994), was a British novelist and poet. Serraillier was best known for his children's books, especially the Silver Sword (Novel) (1956), a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.

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"Old-fashioned storytelling about courage at its best" -- Amanda Craig The Times "One of the most exciting books I've read for a long while" Daily Telegraph "This book is touched with greatness" Junior Bookshelf "One of the most remarkable children's books since 1945" Oxford Companion to Children's Literature "A mind-blowing and emotional read" -- Sally Bailey Essex Chronicle Series

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