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The Silver Sword

Ian Serraillier Jane Serraillier


Random House

Children's & Educational;
Adventure stories (Children's&YA)


192 pages

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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 life in war-torn Europe.

By:   Ian Serraillier
Contributions by:   Jane Serraillier
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   149g
ISBN:   9780099439493
ISBN 10:   0099439492
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   May 2003
Recommended Age:   From 9
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  9-11 years ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Old-fashioned storytelling about courage at its best -- Amanda Craig The Times 20050709 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 20080131

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