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The Silver Sword

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 14mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, 1 map, 1 port.
  • 0099439492
  • 9780099439493
  • 16,970

About Ian Serraillier

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.show more

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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 Seriesshow more

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"One of the most exciting books I've read for a long while"show more

Back cover copy

The night the Nazis come to take their mother away, three children escape in a terrifying scramble across the rooftops. Alone in the chaos of Warsaw, they have to learn to survive on their own. Then they meet Jan, a ragged boy with a paperknife - the silver sword - that they recognize as belonging to their long-lost father. The sword becomes their symbol of hope as, with Jan, they begin the hazardous journey across war-torn Europe to find their parents. Ian Serraillier's moving account of a family torn apart by war speaks as much to us today as it did when it was first written.show more

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4,897 ratings
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3 23% (1,138)
2 4% (208)
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