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Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone.

And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see.

The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness.

Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man.

Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit’s stunning debut reveals life’s hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exquisite.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Savit’s economical prose beautifully captures a child’s loss of innocence and the spiritual challenges that emerge when a safe world suddenly becomes threatening.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The third-person narrative—lyrical, fluid, with a pervasive shadow of menace—lends a folkloric feel to a graceful story steeped in history, magic, myth, and archetype; comparisons to The Book Thief are apt.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • Convention tells us that a love story is about boy or girl meets boy or girl, but there are plenty of love stories that aren’t about romance…Such a relationship is forged in the the midst of World War II, as young Anna finds a father figure in the enigmatic Swallow Man; both are broken in their own way, find wholeness in each other, and then break again in this quiet exploration of love and its limits.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “Allan Corduner’s deep voice pairs well with the graceful, intelligent prose in this mesmerizing account…Corduner’s elegant, discreet voicing and measured pacing keep listeners focused on the three main characters in a wrenching coming-of-age story that will appeal to adults as well as thoughtful mature teens. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A moving, thought-provoking story about coming-of-age in the midst of trauma.”


  • “Artful, original, insightful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Young Adult
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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