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    Ian Serraillier(Author)

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  • PDF | 218 pages
  • Ian Serraillier(Author)
  • Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 1990)
  • English
  • 2
  • Children's Books

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  • By Acute Observer on December 5, 2016

    Escape From Warsaw -aka- The Silver SwordIan Serrailier wrote this novel based on facts, the characters are fictitious. Imaginary names have been given to a few of the places, other places are real. This 218 page paperback is divided into 29 chapters. It is a story about parentless children who survive in war-time Poland and then walk to Switzerland (their mother was Swiss). Their father Joseph was headmaster of a primary school and was arrested by the Nazis. The oldest daughter Ruth became the head of the family and took charge of her younger brother Edek and younger sister Bronia. Their father escaped from the prison camp (Chapter 1). He walked back to Warsaw. Joseph’s wife Margrit was taken away by Nazi soldiers and sent to work in Germany (Chapter 6). The chapters tell of the children’s experience and survival.By 1945 they are in the US occupied zone of Germany. Train robbers steal food from stopped freight trains. UNRRA food kitchens feed refugees. One teenager is caught interfering with train signals; a red light stops a train. Foraging for food is their way of survival (Chapter 18). The children find shelter in the barn of a Bavarian farmer (Chapter 19). Dozens of refugees are on the road. The town mayor arrives and wants to send the children back to Poland (Chapter 21). The farmer has two old canvas canoes that can take the children away on the river to Switzerland (Chapter 22). The girl’s canoe hits a rock that tears the bottom (Chapter 23). They land and continue walking. The boy’s canoe was also damaged and they meet. They walk until a truck driver stops to give them a ride (Chapter 24). They are reunited with Jan as they travel to Lake Constance (Chapter 25).A letter arrives with that silver sword at the refugee camp and is given to Ruth (Chapter 26). The other letter was from their father who was in Switzerland. He will travel on the afternoon boat. But a freak storm arrived (Chapter 27)! A little stream turned into raging torrents, a small boat was swept into the lake. They find a rowboat and try to reach the boat with Edek. They are rescued by a big boat and are reunited with their father (Chapter 28). Their mother is there too! Jan tells how he rescued Edek from his sinking boat. An international children’s village was built for refugees (Chapter 29). Joseph and his wife will be the parents for one house to care for children. There is a happy ending for these children.This is a pleasant story that glosses over the harsh stories of many others. It was published by Scholastic Book Services for teenagers. The author is British and uses some British words that may need translating for American usage.

  • By Guest on September 16, 2015

    Gift for a friend...a book from their childhood.

  • By A customer on October 16, 1999

    In 1958 I was in the fourth grade and my teacher, Mrs. Jacoby, read it aloud. The book's characters and story stayed with me throughout my growing up until I became a teacher in 1971. For many years I was able to check The Silver Sword out of the public library in my home town and read it every year to my fourth graders. Then I moved. I was never able to find another copy. But in 1989 I attended a teacher conference and spoke with a sales rep for Scholastic Books. I mentioned the title to him and the author. He found it under a new title, Escape from Warsaw. I immediately ordered several copies and when they arrived I felt I had won the lotto. I have taught school for 25+ years. And every year I read this wonderful book, and every year I laugh and cry in the same places with my students. For most of my students this poignant book is their first introduction to WWII and the Holocaust. I know the book may be dated, the plot simple and the ending happy. But, the four children who are the main characters seem real to me and I always thrill reading about their hopeful journey to find their parents. You could say The Silver Sword, or Escape from Warsaw, changed my idea of the world and the minute part we each play in it.

  • By Justin on February 17, 2000

    This book is about three children in war-time Warsaw, Poland who everyday hope for the Red Army to invade Poland so they get a chance to escape and find their father who was taken to a German camp for turning a portrate of Hitler in his school room, and escaped to Switzerland. This a powerful story that shows how strong and determined you had to be during World War II. It also shows how important family was. It's brilliantly written and I give it 5 stars. Read to find out what happens on their journey to neutral Switzerland, and IF they make it alive.

  • By Sheryl Sanders on August 29, 2006

    I first read this book many years ago when I received it as a Book of the Month from the Weekly Reader organization. My parents had signed me up to receive my very own chapter books each month -- many of which I still own and cherish. However, of all the books I read during those grade school years, this was my absolute favorite. I was fascinated to learn about kids my own age who had shown such courage under terrible WWII conditions! Years later I had my local librarian help me search all over (this was in the pre-Internet days!) until we located a copy of the book. I was absoutely thrilled to be able to borrow a copy from the library to read to my own children. I began reading a chapter each day to my then 6, 8, and 10 year old children -- but soon half the neighborhood quickly learned to come over right after lunch for summertime reading, too. I recently obtained a copy for my 10 year old grandson. He's excited (and so am I) to read the book! It teaches children (1) family IS important, (2) not to give up even when things are very difficult, (3) bad things do happen to good people, but good things can happen as well!It is a deceptively simple little book that has many BIGmessages.

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