The Silver Sword

The Silver Sword

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by Ian Serraillier
     
 

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A moving account of a journey through war-torn Europe.

Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by war, 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.

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A moving account of a journey through war-torn Europe.

Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by war, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099439493
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Edition description:
New
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

IAN SERRAILLIER was born in London in 1912, the eldest of four children. When he was only six years old, Ian's father died, and as his mother was often not very well, he looked after his younger siblings, especially during their long summer holidays in Switzerland. After university, he became a teacher and a writer. When the Second World War broke out, Ian refused to fight, because he believed it is wrong ever to kill another person. Many people who believed this were sent to prison, but fortunately Ian was allowed to continue to teach. After the war, the newspapers were full of pictures of the ruined cities of Europe, and the children who had been orphaned or made homeless by the war. Ian was determined to tell their story. Ruth, Edek, Jan and Bronia are all based on real children, and even the silver sword paper knife was real. Ian Serraillier wrote many children's books but The Silver Sword is his most famous and most beloved, and it has never been out of print.

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The Silver Sword 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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I read this book when I was ten years old. It was recommended reading literature in Trinidad and Tobago. I am now 34 years old and purchasing this book for my nine year old to probably read next year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been the best book i have ever read in my entire life. It is an amazing book, when you start to read the book you fall out of realitly and fall into the characters shoes. It is by far the greatest book EVER written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over 15 tears ago and i still remember everything about it. The book tells the story of a family seperated by the Nazis made a life changing journey across Europe in an attempt to unite.The book tells a story of love of family and dedication to friends. One of the best books you'll ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am from Trinidad and Tobago grew up not knowing my mother untill I was twenty years old. I lived in the country where my dad and I was very poor barely having enough to eat on a daily basis. My ownly comfort and recreation was a handfull of books that my school of twenty pupils owned. I was the only child that consistently borrowed books to take home. THE SILVER SWORD and I had a lot in common because it was the first and only thing that I could relate to that helped me deal with my hardships. I would read this book over and over. It is the greatest book I have ever read and I have been searching for this book for the past twenty five years. Now that I have found it again I feel that my life is once again complete. I told my wife that when I die to please bury this book with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first watched the serial on BBC TV as a little girl back in the 1950's in England.I have also read the book and now my grandchildren are reading it. The story will always remain one of the best I have read in my life Does anyone else remember watching this show. I cannot speak too highly of it It deserves 10 stars!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very glad to have read this book. It gave a view of people whose difficult times were overshadowed by the brutal war going on around them. Their journey from Poland after the war is very rarely portrayed. This book is definitely worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my God!!! This book has really got my attention at every bit of the story. My whole class enjoy it. It's a lovely book and its good for people who wish to know more about life in the European countries during the World War 2... I juz love it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Silver Sword was read to me by my year 6 teacher Mrs Q and our whole class bursted out in tears.It is a really touching story and i would reccomend it to anyone and if you see it in store,definately Buy It! Thanx Mrs Q for teaching me all there is to know about the Nazis and war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was 10 and it has stayed with me ever since. It is a beautiful book,and very memorable. I would recommend it to anyone. Young or Old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most touching I have ever read as a child. It shows how a family's bond can bring them back together after a long and harsh time of separation. I would recommend every school teach it to students all over the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is touching, it's believable and I could almost see myself in the story. I would recommend this book to anybody interested. It was so real and that brought the facts out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the Nazis burnt down a town near Berlin, taking the father of a happy family, and leaving the oldest daughter to care for her siblings, the children share there struggles with a little rascal named Jan. Read and find out the re-unity between parent and child
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was read to me at school, by one of the most incredible teachers I have ever met in my life. I was around age eight at the time and i thought the story was wonderful then and i think it is wonderful now. Every child should read this book. I can not wait to purchase my own copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a non fiction book! it is very hard for that family to go to switserland, finaly the end is fantastic