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The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

The Silver Sword (original 1956; edition 1974)

by Ian Serraillier (Author)

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Title:The Silver Sword
Authors:Ian Serraillier (Author)
Info:Puffin / Penguin Books (1974)
Collections:Your library
Tags:children's/young adult, Second World War

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The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (1956)

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  ChatterMatters | Aug 10, 2018 |
This book has got a great rhythm to it, the chapters are the perfect size & the action is well paced. I appreciated the balance of discussing the impact of war in a way which was honest & informative, but also not too upsetting for younger readers.

What also struck me is that it hasn't really aged. Yes, there are a couple of twee sayings in it, but on the whole it could have been written yesterday.

I enjoyed it as an adult reader, it was one of those books I wish I'd discovered when I was younger. I'll definitely be keeping it for my son to read in a couple of years.
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  SadieBabie | Jun 23, 2018 |
has had a huge influence on my life for preparedness. excellent book ( )
  Mikenielson | Apr 13, 2018 |
I read this many times as a small boy at primary school, from about the age of 8. It sparked my interest in personal stories of war and history. ( )
  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
Very well done. WWII refugee children trying to find family. Title from 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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"Here is no final grieving, but an abiding hope.
The moving waters renew the earth. It is spring."
--Michael Tippett, A Child of Our Time
To Helen
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This is the story of a Polish family, and of what happened to them during the Second World War and immediately afterward.
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The story of three Polish children and their experience in Europe during World War II.

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