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3.00135623869801 out of 53.00135623869801 out of 53.00135623869801 out of 53.00135623869801 out of 53.00135623869801 out of 5 3.00 (2,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Serraillier Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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The classic tale of a journey through war-torn Europe.

Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by World War Two, Jan and his three homeless friends cling to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. As they travel through Europe towards Switzerland, where they believe they will be reunited with their parents, they encounter many hardships and dangers. This extraordinarily moving account of an epic journey gives a remarkable insight into the reality of a Europe laid waste by war.

From 11 February to 30 October 2011, The Silver Sword will feature as one of five books in the Imperial War Museum exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 2/19/2014

    " This is an excellent book which portrays the everyday struggles and challenges that many people faced in WW2. I like the perspective it gives because it is primarily about children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bubble | 2/13/2014

    " When my mummy read the first chapter to me I said "the hairs on the back of my neck are standing up I'm so exited".The story is all a bit sad especialy when the animals die but you quickly forget it over all the exitement.But still it's a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Levine | 2/8/2014

    " The Balicki family of Warsaw was forcibly separated as World War II raged. In 1942, the children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are left vulnerable and alone to fend for themselves in a suddenly unfamiliar and threatening world. The force that drives them is the dream of reunion with their parents. Jan, a wild urchin, provides an improbable link between the divided Balicki family members. A fictional account based upon true events inspires readers through the enduring hope, valor and strength of will of its young protagonists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Booksdingle | 2/4/2014

    " a great adventure story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2014

    " I read this in school and I think it was one of the only books that we all came to the agreement that we all enjoyed it, which I can assure you is a very rare occassion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marris | 1/19/2014

    " This is a great WWII era book that is based upon true accounts. Unfortunately, the story just fell flat for me. I know that the things that happen in the book really happened, but I wish the characters were better developed. I wasn't emotionally attached to them and I couldn't picture them as living, breathing human beings with feelings and emotions. I think that in order to truly understand their plight, you have to care about them and it was hard for me to do that because it seemed like they didn't feel or have emotions. Overall, the book did give a decent introduction to what happened during WWII, primarily in Poland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Farley | 1/19/2014

    " This book brought back a lot of memories. I first read this when I would be about 10 years old. It is one of those books that sticks in your memory and when I saw it in a charity shop, I thought i'd pick it up again. Recording the journey of children from Warsaw seperated from their parents and following their journey to Switzerland to be reunited. We follow the adventures and characters on the way. A real classic!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 1/18/2014

    " I loved this book!! Very Thought provoking! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Draycott | 1/12/2014

    " Surely the greatest childrens book set in the 2nd world war. Superb including a rare honest account of the Red Army on most civilians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 1/9/2014

    " A beautiful story of 4 children's journey through WWII and its aftermath, trying to find their parents, The ending is unrealistic but it's still wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paebo | 12/19/2013

    " this is another book I could not put down; I read it in high school and I think I got detention for hiding it under my desk while reading during some boring lecture "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomasin | 11/8/2013

    " One of my favorite childhood books. Haven't read it in years but recently found my old copy (really, my dad's old copy). Looking forward to re-reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Johnson | 11/4/2013

    " excite reunion of family. half of it would be war novel if not all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ela Period | 4/10/2013

    " It was a good book. The book had a great deal of action and intense chase and escape scenes. You could feel what the characters are feeling. I cried like a woman at the end (and I am a 14 year old boy). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan [find me somebody to love] | 3/25/2013

    " Yet another one that I read when I was a kid (actually, my dad read it out loud to me and my little brother, but whatever) that I don't remember any details. I do remember liking it... Gosh, I should read some of these books again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zevar Qasim Sherwany | 3/15/2013

    " I'm Kurdish I translated this book (the silver Sword) into Kurdish. it's simplified and bilingual book. I need this book to download. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 2/6/2013

    " This is an incredible story that I use as a novel study for twelve year old boys. They get so much from. Have read the book several times and love the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/22/2013

    " Quick easy read. Good story. Loved Ruth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celina | 10/15/2012

    " Good. Well written and not too long. Attachment to each character happens near the end, which is a little late for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee-Ann | 6/26/2012

    " Compelling reading, now and back when I was a youngster, many years ago. The writing style is dated but succinct and events happen quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 3/17/2012

    " 4 children make their way through war torn Europe from Warsaw to Switzerland at the end of WWII. Spare prose, memorable character in Ruth, the eldest child, who exemplifies courage, self-sacrifice and greatness of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aayushi | 12/22/2011

    " good book but a bit sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/15/2011

    " I read this as a child under the title The Silver Sword. Throoughly enjoyed it and can't wait to re-read it now I've downloaded it to my Kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nurul | 12/1/2011

    " The Silver Sword was probably my first non-film taste of WWII in Europe. This rating is based almost entirely on fond memories of reading it in my extremely early adolescence over and over again, so take it with a grain of salt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francie | 8/9/2011

    " This is a favorite book from my childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/4/2011

    " When the Germans march into Poland in 1939, the Balicki family are suddenly torn apart by war.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wen | 4/12/2011

    " Loved this as a kid and loved it now too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 4/6/2011

    " Fast paced short children's book about 4 children and their journey across Europe from Warsaw to Switzerland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cici | 3/15/2011

    " This seemed like a book I would not like,but it turned out to be really good!
    There were sad bits,happy bits,and great bits!
    This is a really good book but it was only one or two hundred pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fi | 3/7/2011

    " One of my all-time favourite books that I read as a child, & one that made such a deep & lasting impression on me that I (much later!) introduced my daughter to the book, & have since bought copies for each of my grandchildren when they reached the appropriate reading age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 3/2/2011

    " Although a little bit unrealistic, this was a good read about 4 children making their way from Poland to Switzerland after the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ice | 2/16/2011

    " Another book I enjoyed as a child and an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KyneWynn | 2/3/2011

    " I read this when I was in junior high; as I recall, I learned a lot about the holocaust through reading it, and it sparked in my a desire to learn more. (Which set off my reading all of the books I could find about the holocaust.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexxa | 1/27/2011

    " It was good :) I really seem to enjoy books about WW2. There are so many stories that should be sared and I love it when they are! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julissa | 1/25/2011

    " i keep getting books with war and social studiess blahh ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/10/2010

    " Loved this book read it years ago when I was a child, and recently read it aload to my children! great story about the horrors of the holocaust! "

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