- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
- Mass Market Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590437151
- ISBN-13: 978-0590437158
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape from Warsaw (Original title: The Silver Sword) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1990
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More About the Author
Born in London, Serraillier was educated at Brighton College, and took his degree at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He became an English teacher, first at World War II. It was during this period that his first published work appeared, in the form of poetry for both adults and children. In 1946 his first children's novel was published. It was followed by several more adventure stories of treasure and spies. His best known work, The Silver Sword, was published in 1956 and has become a classic, bringing to life the story of four refugee children and their search for their parents in the chaos of Europe immediately after World War II.
As well as children's novels and poetry, Serrailler produced his own retellings of classic tales, in prose and verse, including Beowulf, Chaucer and Greek myth. Together with his wife Anne he founded the New Windmill Series in 1948, published by Heinemann Educational Books, which set out to provide inexpensive editions of good stories. He continued as co-editor of the series until the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Top Customer Reviews
It is a deceptively simple little book that has many BIG
By: Ian Serraillier
Reviewed by: B. Arihara
This is the story of a Polish family and, of what happened to them during the World War II and immediately afterward. The Balicki family lived in a suburb of Warsaw. Joseph, the father, and Margrit, the mother, had three children. Ruth, Edik, and Bronia. The children and the father go through some life-time experiences. It all started when Margrit Balicki was taken away to do labor work somewhere in Russia. When she was taken away it only left the father and the children. Unfortunately, Joseph was taken away to, to Zakyna, a prison camp in Germany. Joseph managed to escape after many tries. He remembered talking to his family about if they ever got separated, they would meet in Switzerland. So, that's where he was headed. Back in Warsaw, the children got themselves into many troubling situations, but were able to get out of them. Eventually, they to remembered the meeting place and started out to Switzerland. On their way, they met a very clever boy, Jan, who they thought would help them out on their journey. During their journey, they met many people who felt for them and helped them out as much as they could. Finally, after months of traveling on foot, they make it to Switzerland very ill and tired. The day before they met, there was a terrible storm which caused much damage to everything in its path. The children wake up in a hospital dazed yet, excited to see their father standing over them. They haven't heard anything about their mother and are very disappointed. But they are willing to put all their troubles behind them and start a wonderful life together in their new home, Appenzell, Switzerland.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in the 5th grade and loved it. I purchased it for my now 5th grader and hope he loves it as much as I did.Published 3 months ago by Mugsy S
Enjoyed it as a youth and purchased it for my granddaughter. The message is real today.Published 10 months ago by Jim Hampton
This was the first book I remember reading as a child. I loved it so much, I read it again. I purchased this book for my nine year old granddaughter hoping she will get as much... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cynthia Donaldson
Great book for 4th to 5th graders or early teens! The setting is WW II and this is a story about 3 children escaping Warsaw. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mimi
When I was in the fourth grade, our teacher read "Escape from Warsaw" aloud to the class, one chapter a day. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazonian
This book so impressed me as a child that I wanted to own it so I could re read it whenever I wanted to. Very good book for kids from 10 to 15. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marijke
I loved this book when I first read it in junior high school many years ago. I was happy to find it to share with my children. They have enjoyed it also. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by kc