Silver Sword [Ian Serraillier] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. BOOKS. The Silver Sword study guide contains a biography of Ian Serraillier, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full. The Silver Sword has ratings and reviews. Kellyn said: Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier, originally titled The Silver Sword, is the advent.

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It is all that I remember it being. But the story transcends the limitations of the segraillier and now, as a father, the thought of the plight of separated children affects me much more deeply than it would have done as a child.

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Based on a true story, silvfr is the riveting tale of 3 children in search of their parents, whom were taken away by Nazi Storm Troopers during WW2. I cried like a woman at the end and I am a 14 year old boy. Ruth befriended a Russian sentry called Ivan, who was stationed at a nearby control post and had been assigned as a liaison to the civilian population.

The phrase – ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ proves correct!

Retrieved from ” https: There are truly some really sad moments in this book and you really do feel the pain, anguish, and emotions of the children living through them.

Books by Ian Serraillier. I know I definitely would have enjoyed it as a child–I seem to remember reading quite a few J-Fic holocaust stories dilver I was younger, and this book seemed to go along the same sort of lines–though more of an adventure story and one from the perspective of the children of one of the countries invaded by Germany, rather than the more commonly written Jewish people of Germany itself.


It is a simple story of a family of children, living in Warsaw when the Germans invaded. Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read? This extraordinarily moving account of an epic journey gives a remarkable insight into the reality of a Europe laid waste by war. This page was last edited on 7 Decemberat The children then met a superintendent, who told them he had received messages from their father. As they travel through Europe towards Switzerland, where they believe they will be reunited with their parents, they encounter many hardships and dangers.

To view it, click here. In the United States the book was published under the title Escape from Warsaw. I warmed to the Balicki family very quickly, and followed their journey with bated breath. It showcases the exceptional courage and intense fragility of children in war time and the consequences they must live with. The strengths of the characters, their failings as they lead such an unpredictable life keeps us glued to the book.

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They had then captured Edek as well as the house owner and set the house on fire before driving away with their captives. I have no criticism and looked forward to reading it at night. Pictures of Adolf Hitler had been put up around the school, and during a lesson Joseph had turned one of these pictures around to face the wall. Finally, the children were reunited with their parents and reintroduced Jan to their father.

She quickly matures and guides the others through their troubles, it’s her kind and determined spirit that drives them all through the hard times throughout the book. No main characters die, no torture or cruelty is described, and it has a happy ending.


I urge you to read this book as it will stay in your memory forever. I know I definitely would have enjoyed it as a chil I added this apparently well-beloved children’s classic to my to-read list because it was recommended by one of my internet friends, Amy.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier – review

Serraillier’s book is meant to be at once an historical and a literary book. So while struggling to survive the biting cold and fight of starvation, Ruth starts a school for children like themselves – displaced and abandoned.

I was quite interested in the history of World War II, but I had no interest then in how it affected children. To ask other readers questions about The Silver Swordplease sign up. The family tackles many obstacles on their way to reaching destiny, with a paper knife to guide them.

A quick and easy read. Want to Read saving…. They 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 him, serrsillier shows them the prison number branded on his arm as proof.

He was such a funny little guy.

I don’t know how I am going to sum up such a beautiful and intense plot, you’re going to have to read the book to know how truly amazing it is. His pets serraillieer funny, too. Even my sensitive readers would be able to handle this one.

It does have a happy ending, but that is to be expected.