The Silver Sword

The Silver Sword

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"This is the best of my treasures," said Jan. Although the silver sword was only a paper knife, it became the symbol of hope and courage which kept the four children alive through the years of Nazi 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 fact, this is an extraordinarily moving account of life during and after the Second World War.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Audio cassette | 2 pages
  • 106 x 138 x 18mm | 100g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0141802545
  • 9780141802541

About Ian Serraillier

Ian Serraillier was born in London in 1912, and educated at Brighton College and St.Edmund Hall, Oxford. From 1961 he worked in his Sussex home writing mainly for children. His main achievements included novels, poetry, retellings in verse and prose, educational and local history books. He died in November 1994.
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Review Text

**A story of singular strength and excitement is this novel, based on a factual account, of the three Balicki children in their five-year struggle, after the German siege of Warsaw, to reestablish themselves as a family. The father's hazardous escape into Switzerland from a concentration camp, the imprisonment of the oldest boy and his subsequent bout with consumption, the valorous attempt of twelve-year-old Ruth to protect and educate dozens of homeless children, the interminable pilgrimage across Europe of the three children and their waif friend, Jan, provide merely a framework of intense action. The rest is high emotion and tenderness. The exhilarating denouement of this story tells of a reunion as full of meaning as was the ordeal which preceded it. A revealing portrayal of that new breed of children - the homeless ones who banded together against overwhelming obstacles - a testament to courage, idealism, and compassion. A remarkable book which should not fail to move the adult as well as the teenage reader. (Kirkus Reviews)
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5,140 ratings
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4 37% (1,887)
3 23% (1,174)
2 4% (218)
1 1% (70)
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