The Silver Sword Author:C. Walter Hodges, Ian Serraillier A story of three Polish children who lose their mother to the Germans in World War II and who, with determination, luck and help from unexpected friends, remain together until Edek fell into the hands of the secret police. Ruth carries on with little Bronia in search of Edek and their parents. Story of what life was like for the children of Worl... more »d War II. A warm story about very real children, this is also a profoundly moving book which speaks eloquently to young readers of love and hope and courage in our own time. (A "Weekly Reader" Children's Book Club selection).
Note by Ian Serraillier: The characters in this book are fictitious, but the story is based upon true fact. Imaginary names have been given to a few of the places mentioned -- they are the villages of Boding and Kolina, the River Falken, the town of Falkenburg and the prison camp of Zakyna. All other place-names are real and can be found on the map of Europe. The description of the Red Army on the march is based on eye-witness accounts in J. Stransky's East Wind Over Prague.« less