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The Silver Sword

Written by Ian Serraillier

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A classic story from World War Two, this tells how three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are helped by the young orphan Jan to escape from the horrors of Warsaw after the arrest of their parents. How the children travel across war torn Europe surviving every kind of danger and privation is thrilling and deeply moving. It is the story of a terrible time made bearable by the strong streak of humanity at its heart and by the unusual acts of kindness the children experience on their travels.

This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives.  It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands.  They are all unabridged.  To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here.  They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. 

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The Silver Sword Synopsis

If you meet Ruth or Edek or Bronia, you must tell them I'm going to Switzerland to find their mother. Tell them to follow as soon as they can Having lost their parents in the chaos of war, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are left alone to fend for themselves and hide from the Nazis amid the rubble and ruins of their city. They meet a ragged orphan boy, Jan, who treasures a paperknife - a silver sword - which was entrusted to him by an escaped prisoner of war. The three children realise that the escapee was their father, the silver sword a message that he is alive and searching for them. Together with Jan they begin a dangerous journey across the battlefields of Europe to find their parents.

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ISBN: 9780141362649
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780099572855
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780099439493
Publication date: 03/04/2003
Publisher: Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099572855
Publication date: 2nd August 2012
Author: Ian Serraillier
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

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 (1956), a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.Born in London, Serraillier was educated at Brighton College and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He became an English teacher and it was during this period that his first published work appeared, in the form of poetry for both adults and children. In 1946 his first children’s novel was published. It was followed by several more adventure ...

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