Author(s): Ian Serraillier
"'If you meet Ruth or Edek or Bronia, you must tell them I'm going to Switzerland to find their mother. Tell them to follow as soon as they canHaving lost their parents in the chaos of war, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are left alone to fend for themselves and hide from the Nazis amid the rubble and ruins of their city. They meet a ragged orphan boy, Jan, who treasures a paperknife - a silver sword - which was entrusted to him by an escaped prisoner of war. The three children realise that the escapee was their father, the silver sword a message that he is alive and searching for them. Together with Jan they begin a dangerous journey across the battlefields of Europe to find their parents. BACKSTORY- Read a letter from the author's daughter and find out about the amazing true stories that inspired The Silver Sword."
Ian Serraillier was born in London in 1912 and educated at Brighton College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He worked as a teacher, but worked from his Sussex home writing for children from 1961. His main achievements included poetry, retellings in verse and prose, educational and local history books, and the founding and co-editing of the New Windmill Series for Heinemann Educational Books. Ian Serraillier died in November 1994.