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To avoid sending the children back, Kurt helped the children escape on canoes, and Jan hid Kurt’s pet dog in his canoe.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So I highly recommend it for all kids and tweens! Serraillier’s book is meant to be at once an historical and a literary book.

Length The book is quite short which is quite expected to see as it is meant for children, it does also read at quite a fast pace and should not take long for the average reader to finish.

It was first published inand because of this, it’s very different to contemporary fiction. I felt bad for him … he must have had a terrible childhood!

It was on the shelves of every library I visited and I visited a lot of libraries when I was young and, because its author’s surname began with ‘S’ like Malcolm Saville, a favourite of mine, I’d always see it there, pull it out, read the blurb again and, always, decide, ‘No, I don’t think I will read this. An easy read about a tough topic.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (4 star ratings)

Probably, but it wouldn’t have become a favourite, one of those books I read again and again. To a child, this book and its story would be both horrifying and fascinating. I felt a sense of understanding for these young soals travelling the journey to Switzerland unaccompanied by family bar themselves. The story describes the travails of the children, the mother and the father, as they survive the hardships of war, and travel to Europe in their search for each other.

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In some ways, the writing is clumsy; there’s quite a lot of telling rather than showing. He gave her various supplies and became a good friend. A burgomaster, who was doing his rounds, crashed his car outside the farm. As the children travel to Germany, we see the last serriallier of the war, then the American and French occupation zones. Serraillier was best known for his children’s books, especially The Silver Sklvera wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the Serrajllier in and again in Jan helps Joseph find a goods train going towards Germany, on which Joseph makes his escape.


The characters are all well developed from the children themselves to the various characters they meet on their journey.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier – review

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. It I just read this to my 8 year old having had fond memories of reading it when I was at primary school. It was one of the first books I ever chose for myself to read and the story has remained with me as a favourite book from childhood. But I remember that I loved it and that despite it th probably 15 years or more silvee that I read it Ive never forgotten it. Keith As far as I can recall, they’re not, at least not the Balicki children.

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This book though manages, for me anyway, to do both. Bronia developed a talent for art and drew numerous pictures of war scenes; Edek swlrd two years recovering from his tuberculosis and went on to become an engineer; Jan got a new Jewish cat named Arlo, mended his thieving ways, and was regularly called upon to care for sick animals; and Ruth became silvdr teacher. It does have a happy ending, but that is to be expected. I have no criticism and looked forward to reading it at night.

His wife, Margrit, and three children Ruth aged nearly 14, Edek 11, and Bronia 3 are left behind to fend for themselves and survive.

The portrayal of the chaos of refugee life is so vivid as to minimize the novel’s heavy reliance on coincidence: Overall, this is a very emotional tale showing what it was really like to be a child during this time, embracing the hardships of WW2 while also showing real triumph for the hard and brave children as they strive to reunite their family, definitely an epic story.

Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier, originally titled The Silver Sword, is the adventure story of a family which was separated during the war. The characters have definite strengths and weaknesses, and grow quite a bit over the years. Published just eleven years after the end of the war, The Silver Sword was ahead of its time, and was used for both educational and recreational purposes.

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Joseph allows the boy who has introduced himself as Jan, a master pickpocketto keep it if he returns the sandwich he has already stolen from Joseph.

Join them on a five year journey through highs, lows, losses and discovery. I think it’s a book that will be read for years to come, and although it’s not one often mentioned, I don’t think it’ll ever be forgotten.

But it has sadly sat on his book shelf unread for a number of years. I first read The Silver Sword when I was 12 and remember being gripped by the story.

Will the family be reunited or will the road take an unclear path? Sulver are at first confused by his Polish appearance and speech, combined with his Nazi uniform, but they accept him as a friend after he tells them about what has happened to ssord, and shows them the prison number branded on his arm as proof. Paperbackpages. They had then captured Edek as well as the house owner and set the house on fire before driving away with their captives.

He spends more than a year in prison before escaping, after knocking out a guard and stealing the man’s uniform. Edek volunteered to help him fix the damage, but Bronia asked a question in Polish, betraying the children’s identity.

Jan’s main effort though is to conserve his so-called ‘treasures’ which he keeps in his little wooden box, including the special heirloom of the children’s the iconic silver sword of their father. InWarsaw was liberated by the Russians, but there was still no news of Edek’s whereabouts or of the children’s parents.