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The Silver Sword
Ian Serraillier

Genre:
Action, adventure and romance

This book finds its way into your heart and never leaves. All the characters are brave and smart. Jan is cheeky and every time he ‘borrowed’ something I laughed. Ruth is a natural leader and never gives up, she leaders her family to safety. Edek is clever and can speak some German – he may have been ill but he keeps on going. Bronia is small and sweet and cheers everybody up with her drawings. This war broken family is trying to survive in a broken, shattered, war torn world.

Anna Strigo, 6TR (2017)

4.6

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40 comments on “The Silver Sword

  1. gwilsonlitt says:

    It’s a great book. I like Jan because he is quite funny and smart.

  2. astrigo says:

    This book finds its way into your heart and never leaves. All the characters are brave and smart. Jan is cheeky and every time he ‘borrowed’ something I laughed. Ruth is a natural leader and never gives up, she leaders her family to safety. Edek is clever and can speak some German he may have been ill but he keeps on going. Bronia is small and sweet and cheers everybody up with her drawings. This war broken family is trying to survive in a broken, shattered, war torn world.

  3. hnkwocha says:

    I really like this book because it’s gives you a very good idea of what it was like for the polish people in the war

  4. iamosu says:

    It’s a good book about world war 2 about children trying to regroup with their family and how they meet a little boy named Jan who helps them find their mother and father on a cruising boat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  5. faboulian says:

    This book is full of adventure and action. It’s a sad story about a separated polish family that are determined to find each other even if they have to go to another country. Can Bronia ,jan, edek and Ruth find there dad?
    Can they survive the war?
    Find out when you read the silver sword.

  6. faboulian says:

    I book full of adventure and action. It’s a sad story about a separated war family that are determined to find each other even if they have to go to another country.

  7. kdouglaslodge2 says:

    i really felt sorry for the family in this book and I cant believe they had to go through all of this

  8. ozamprogna says:

    I really like this book because it has lots of adventures set in war time. I can’t believe it is a real story! It was really fun reading it with my class while learning about WW2 because we were able to understand the book a bit better. I think everyone should read this book!

  9. mrothwellstopps says:

    I really like this book the main characters are Edek,Bronia,Jan and Ruth they go and try and find their dad. I really like it because it is set in the war time.

  10. tgray says:

    I loved reading this book. It is about some children called Edek,Bronia,Jan and Ruth, they have to try and survive through the war in order to find there dad.

  11. ebarrett says:

    I found this book quite interesting because it was a war time story. At the same thing me I found it quite upsetting that the family had to split up and haw the children had to grow up fast so they could look after themselves. In the end the family were reunited with one extra member.

  12. ghume says:

    I love this book. We’re just at the end and I’m so excited.I recommend to read this adventures book.There is so many twists that will surprise you.And you can really tell what the characters were feeling like.

  13. sstrong says:

    To be honest, this wasn’t one of my favourite books. But it is a really good true story. it is an interesting story about four children travelling to Switzerland to find their mother and father. But I am more into adventure and fantasy stories.

  14. famin says:

    This book is really a great story and great if you like history for it is about 4 kids travelling through the ragged war trying to find there parents but as they do they meet Jan who met with the there father 2 years before . This book is a fantastic story and I really liked it A LOT!

  15. sconteh says:

    The Silver Sword is a tells a part of the story of the Second World War. It’s about 3 children , Ruth,Edek,Bronia trying to find their parents. Along the way they meet Jan, who is a animal person and is kind of a slob.

  16. nbentham says:

    This is a story about three children trying to find their mother and father.They travel across Europe and face tough challenges.I really enjoyed reading this book and I found it interesting learning about their lives.

  17. Mr Milne says:

    A miraculous and (mostly) true story. Lots of things work out for the children – perhaps sometimes this was a result of their resourcefulness and strength of character, and perhaps sometimes it was good fortune. Of course, it’s important to realise that the children’s story could only be told because they survived. An almost unimaginable number of other stories of Polish children in the war did not have happy endings. Stalin, who was the leader of the Soviet Union at the time, is reputed to have said something along the lines that ‘a single death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic’. The Silver Sword tells a part of the story of the Second World War, through the extraordinary experiences of a single family, but the bigger picture of the war is just below the surface if you want to see it. A former student when reviewing the book (which she’d enjoyed and found interesting) added, “This book tells me not to fantasise about this type of situation in war.” The book certainly helps to show what it is like to live in wartime and what it would feel like to be a refugee or homeless. Even though it is set in a very bleak time, however, it is also a hopeful and positive book. (If you’re interested, the postscript to this edition of the book, written by the author’s daughter, provides some background. It explains that although each of the characters is based on a real person and their war-time experiences, they were not a single family, and so the book is a mixture of fact and fiction. The real Edek dies of his tuberculosis.)

  18. dhogan says:

    This book is full of surprises I am telling you there is monkey that likes cigarettes,A chicken and one amazing set of children looking for their mother and father. Even though they started in Poland they are trying so hard to get to Switzerland. Warsaw was very hard but Ruth,Bronia,Edek and their friend Jan have got a whole bunch of friends along the way that help them out. I am reading it with the class and it is amazing

    Daisy 6CM 6.12.16

  19. trostam says:

    I really like this book I am reading it with my class sofar I’m loving it this is based on a true story about a family that breaks up during the war.

  20. cwitchell says:

    This is a fabulous book about Edek, Bronia, Jan and Ruth who battle their way through World War 2 in an amazing adventure to find their mum and dad.

  21. ghume says:

    I love this book so far.It’s one of the most exiting book ever the plot is amazing.Theres a kid called Jan and hes one of the most brave and strong characters but he steals….HE GETS CAUGHT!

  22. psolis says:

    Silver sword is an amazing book i haven’t finished it yet because i’m reading it with my class but so far with the book its great with the description the characters and the way they had to live through out the war and i’m really enjoying it so far.

  23. tnsudohparish says:

    i really enjoy reading this book as a class. I wonder what Jan will do when he comes out of court?

  24. myislam says:

    I really like this book even though I haven’t finished it and i think it is good because it was about war.

  25. rrazabenfahem says:

    This book is really interesting – it’s a true story

  26. tnsudohparish says:

    i think this book is the BEST BOOK EVER !!! i really am enjoying this book

  27. nludewick says:

    I love this book because it is really good and I like how it is sad but then when it is happy or exciting it makes you smile. I recommend it and I like reading it in class.

  28. Nathan Callender says:

    The silver sword is a great book to read I have enjoyed it a lot reading it.what I like about the book is the characters such as edek and Jan.

  29. Otto Meyric Rothstein says:

    if your a fan of WWII then I think this book is for you. There are lots of mysterious characters. There are sad bits and happy bits.

  30. ikanarski says:

    Silver sword is a really dramatic book about the war and is really cool

  31. jewan says:

    In our class we are reading this book it’s amazing

  32. wsimwogerere says:

    This is a brilliant book about a true story that happened in world war 2 with a few shocking and amazing things that happened to this family of 5 and an extra called Jan.

  33. madom2 says:

    The Silver Sword is a really fascinating book which tell you about a war which happened between the Germans and the allies.

  34. fmitchellcox says:

    This is is one I’m reading in class. It’s about 3 children who have lost their parents at war. Their father had escaped a nazi camp and their mother was taken away but the children survive and run they try get to Switzerland to see their dad.

  35. akeigher says:

    This is a GREAT book I like how the story is sad in the beginning but keeps on getting happier.

  36. tbraganza says:

    This book is quite sad. My favourite part was when they reunite with their parents and live a happy life. It shows you how horrible the concentration camps were at the start of the book.

  37. kkane says:

    I found the book very interesting – it was like I was in the book myself.

  38. cyeboahkodie says:

    I thought this book was alright when I finished it. There was such an emotional moment when Jan dropped the box with the sword inside and it came out and Ruth started crying because she realised it was the sword her dad had when she was little.

  39. ewhitelaw says:

    This is a adventure story showing the adventure of 3 children making there way from war torn Poland to Switzerland to find there parents.

  40. wmckenzieoneill says:

    I think this was a really good book I loved it but I’m surprised about one thing that it’s a true storie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????