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Escape from Warsaw (Original title: The Silver Sword) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1990

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  • 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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Ian Serraillier (September 24, 1912 - November 28, 1994), was a British novelist and poet. Serraillier was best known for his children's books, especially the Silver Sword (Novel) (1956), a wartime adventure story which was adapted for television by the BBC in 1957 and again in 1971.

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.

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This little book is based on a true story, and it's one of the most exciting and amazing stories to emerge out of the heartbreak of World War II. It's an incredible narrative about one family's tragedy and redemption, and the lives that they touch along the way. The will to live and survive, among even the youngest children in the family, is incredibly moving and inspiring. I read this story nearly 30 years ago when I was not yet a teen, and it stayed with me. I've read it often since and shared it with many friends, including a few Poles who found it very touching and encouraging...a great source of national pride. At times, the story will take your breath away. I would give it more stars if I could...it's that good.
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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.
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By Justin on February 17, 2000
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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.
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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 BIG

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This is the story of an ordinary family in Poland and its struggles to survive German Occupation and the peace that follows. With much determination the family survives but is separated and scarred. We see what it was like for ordinary families to exist in and after the brutal conflict. Imagine living in an atmosphere of deprivation, shortages, and fear of midnight abductions by brutal German occupiers. Nor do the family's difficulties cease with the conflict's end; separations, shortages, and divides keep the family from settling down to enjoy the peace. This is a story of determination and tenaciousness, and its lessons are quite compelling.
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Escape From Warsaw
By: Ian Serraillier
Reviewed by: B. Arihara
Period: P.1
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.
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