Huzaifah, boy, age 11, from dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 15th February 2009. Rating: 10/10
We have just finished reading the Silver Sword yesterday which we thought was excellent. We learned a lot about the Second World War. We enjoyed learning about how a family survived by sticking together as a team. Our favourite characters were Ruth and Jan. We liked Jan because he was funny. We liked Ruth because she was very caring, reliable and looked after everybody. We would recommend this book to children and adults.we also engoyed because they never loased their hope.
Churchill Primary School P6/7, age 10, from Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on 7th January 2009. Rating: 10/10
We have just finished reading the Silver Sword which we thought was excellent. We learned a lot about the Second World War. We enjoyed learning about how a family survived by sticking together as a team. Our favourite characters were Ruth and Jan. We liked Jan because he was funny. We liked Ruth because she was very caring, reliable and looked after everybody. We would recommend this book to children and adults.
Altoya Golding, girl, age 14, from St.Thomas, Jamaica, on 20th November 2008. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book is the best novel i have read before it teaches me so much about love, determination, cooperation and survival are some of the major themes and the characters bring out the themes in such an interesting way that I as the reader was able to understand the point this book was really bringing towards me (the reader). It was fun doing the character sketches and writing the thematic essays this only encouraged me to read more interesting novels. I love this book and my favorite characters are: Ruth, Edek, Bronia ,Joseph and Jan. They gave me a feeling of reading on to find out what happened next.
daisy, girl, age 12, from Washiington DC, United States, on 9th July 2008. Rating: 10/10
This is one of my favourite books i've ever read and i will ever read. before i started reading this book i thought it was just one of those boring and annoying books, but later, whilst reading the book i was mistaken. i couldn't stop reading this book! is it some sort of curse that a witch cast on this book? i love these types of books, i don't know why. this story is about the thrilling adventure of a lost family travelling through pain and destruction, with hope of finding their parents, that were taken by the nazis. on their way to their destination, switzerland, they learn the true meaning of self-sacrifice. Bronia, the youngest, with her talent to create pictures and paintings learns that not only can you re-create what surrounds you on a piece of paper, but even the emotions and the commotion around you. Erik, the middle child, with a strong corageous personallity, learns that you have to fight through your pains and fears to take control of yourself and to not give up. Ruth, the eldest, grows up to be a responsible and mature woman, to take care of her siblings. she never let's her hopes up and keeps her spirit high. lastly Jan, the found friend, learns become a more loyal person to his friends and not only to his animakl friends.
Alina, girl, age 10, from United Kingdom, on 28th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
I think it is such a good book because of the way the auther has published it. And i love reading books like the silver sword because i love the topic of World War 2. Whenever i do any work on it i just can't stop doin it. My fav character in the book is borina. She sound's so quiet. I have just got one question to ask is there a film of the silver sword?
Ming X, boy, age 15, from Adelaide, Australia, on 25th June 2008. Rating:
Even though I've not read another book by the same author, but I have read a lot of other true fact war stories. I've got to say, this is one of those books that stands out from the rest. Yes, just like all other non-fiction war stories, this one is also heart breaking, and the characters had to surpass many obstructions to reach their goal. But unlike other stories, this one contains unexpected solutions for the problems, they encounter along the journey to reach their destination.
james, boy, age 10, from Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, on 25th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
This is the best book of all time! Exhilaration and exitment rule this perfect read.If you are above 8 this is the book for you.The moments of emotion are just as good to read as the action and adventure.It ranges from freak storms and split ups to city life and promise.This is the worlds best read!!!
Zack, boy, age 10, from Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, on 25th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
I think this book is marvellous because it seems like every fabulous chapter ends on a exciting and nerve-racking cliffhanger which is a life threatening moment for every single character.My favourite character is Jan because he is very mischievous and really funny.I love this book and its probably the best book i've ever read.I would rate this book 10 out of 10.I would recommend this book for ages 8+ and i hope you have the same brilliant feeling reading this book as i did and i'm sure you will enjoy it.
Brandon, boy, age 10, from buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, on 25th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
I think that The Silver Sword is suitable for anyone over the age of eight.People over eight are going to enjoy this book. My favioute character is Edek because he's strong and good with a rifle.Althougth Edek is really ill he keeps on persevering.Ruth is the real sort of hero,she kept the family going.The book made me really happy at the end.
Oliver, boy, age 10, from Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, on 25th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
I think that anyone from the age of 8 is guaranteed to enjoy this book as much as I did.The tension in it builds up the story which makes it such a thriller to read.You could read it no matter where you are.All the description makes it feel real and you can really imagine how all the people feel.It is a sad story about 4 children trying to find their parents.The ending is much happier than the beginning and it is a really good story that has so much emotion in it.
Ellen, girl, age 15, from London, United Kingdom, on 18th July 2007. Rating: 10/10
I've been reading this book since I was about 8 or 9... and I never get bored of it!!!! I read it at least once a year, and every time I read something new into it! It is a beautifully written story of hope and perseverence in the darkest of times and is truely humbling. My favourite book, without a doubt!
joe, boy, age 13, from dorset, United Kingdom, on 17th July 2007. Rating: 10/10
I am dyslexic and this is the first book I have ever read. It was so exciting that I just had to keep reading it to see what happened. Some of the words were difficult but my teacher helped me with those. I now want to read more books by the same author.
rebecca , girl, age 10, from sunderland, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2007. Rating: 10/10
i loved this book all the facts were right and the characters were great and the end were ruth marrys the french guy and they become mother and father of the french house and she has 2 of her own little girls it`s so sweet and it would defenatly be a book i would read time and time again.
Nephele , girl, age 11, from Brussels, Belgium, on 4th July 2007. Rating: 9/10
As I have never experienced being separated from my parents nor been in a war I cannot know the exact feelings. However, thanks to this book I have realized how sad, tragic and scary that can be. It was simply a fascinating adventure and I would highly recommend it!!
Olsi Shehi, boy, age 17, from Kavaja, Albania, on 1st July 2007. Rating:
I think this is the most interesting book I've ever read! Its really brilliant, at which the events are told in a very original way. My desire is to meet tha author: IAN SERRAILLER, but I know its impossible! Actually I would suggest every teen to read it, because it is a part of the dark side of the Nazi's
Latanya Harvey, girl, age 13, from Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 21st June 2007. Rating: 9/10
I think this book is really cool to read!!!!!!!! I read this book in English Literature class at the Montego Bay High School.I THINK EVERY BODY SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alicia, girl, age 11, from Singapore, Singapore, on 18th June 2007. Rating: 9/10
I think this book is different from others. It shows the Polish side of the war. Really interesting, different and poignant.
melika carlson, girl, age 11, from Delhi, India, on 21st May 2007. Rating:
Silver Sword is a very interesting book about a Polish family and the problems they faced during the Second World War. It’s a book about survival during hard time and terrors of the war. It shows us how children could be strong and courageous when needed. The children cared and helped each other as much as they could. They showed the strength and will to survive and they did.I LOVED IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.
Siya, girl, age 11, from Delhi, India, on 21st May 2007. Rating: 9/10
This book i personaly thought that it was really interesting and taught me quite a lot of things like not all germans were bad and cruel.How people can survive with just soo little, and we complane with soo much that we have soo little,you should be happy with what you've got. the story made me feel really sad and soory but at the end it was nice that they finally met their parents after all they went through. i really enjoyed this book! i rekemend this book to kids and older people. its a book to keep for life.
alex, boy, age 14, from la paloma, Uruguay, on 2nd February 2007. Rating: 10/10
el libro me parece muy malo. me aburio, no me resulto interesante y, desde mi punto de vista, ian serrailier es un inepto. el que lea esto y todavia no compro el libro, no lo compre , es un desperdicio total de dinero. mi parte preferida es el final. espero que los encargados de esta paginarespeten la libertad de expresion, no censuren y publiquen la opinion de otro individuo, asi como publicaron a los que dieron su opinion positiva. gracias atentamente: juan
kristina greynolds, girl, age 11, from oxford, United Kingdom, on 1st February 2007. Rating: 8/10
i have not yet finished this book, but so far i am enjoying it!!! We read this book in my english class and do a lot of work on it. So far we are on chapter 7 (i think) and we are all very interested in it. I can tell because when my teacher reads it no one talks!!! some of the other childeren in my class have already read it, and the other yr 6 class are a head of us in english so we over hear them reading it and really enjoy it. If i were in the silver sword i think i would like to be ruth because she is an interesting chericter and she likes to help people. I can tell she does because she satrted a school with only her as a teacher, i think she got the idea from her dad because he was a headmaster of a school. i like this book alot and i would recammend it to old and young readers.
harneet, girl, age 12, from clare, Ireland, on 19th January 2007. Rating: 9/10
it is a good book my whole class read it some liked it but some didnt i liked i thought it was interting we went to see a play on world war 2 after we read the book the story was soo simarilar
Mercades Williams, girl, age 11, from St. James, Jamaica, on 12th January 2007. Rating: 10/10
I think this novel is very intresting to me.It tells me about the World War 2.If i were to act a part of this book my character would be Ruth because she plays a very,very intresting trate in the novel.Ian Serraillier i give you a two thumbs up.
LauRa, girl, age 13, from CaNaRy IsLaNdS- GRAN CANAR!A, Spain, on 15th June 2006. Rating: 7/10
I enjoyed the book, although i don´t understand how some people here give 10´s to the book. I have to recognise that it was OK the book, sometimes very interesting. But not for a 10! cause sometimes it got boring, language wasn´t too easy, and it gave too much detail and dindn´t capture my attention. I also don´t know why, but it didn´t kept me too intersted. It didn´t make me keep reading it, and keep reading it without stopping (like other people have said before). I liked the part were the kids had to look for themselves specially Ruth had to act a bit like a mum. But still, other parts just didn´t capt my attention... It may sound strange, but the Silver Sword hasn´t had success in my class. Only 1 person have said of enjoying. The other, or havn´t even started it or have started it but left it behing because they didnt like the first par, or lastly as in my case, finished it without liking it too much. In conclusion, it wasn´t a bad book, and the author had to put lot of effort in it, but personally it isnt my style of book. I preferr others! Thank you for reading this, kisses to all of you xxxxx
Liesie, girl, age 21, from Pretoria, South Africa, on 7th June 2006. Rating: 8/10
As a third year education student I found this book to be a super read and would love to encourage all my future learners to read this book. It is very enriching.
Alan, boy, age 12, from Erskine, United Kingdom, on 6th June 2006. Rating: 10/10
This book is interesting and it makes you want to read on because there are lots of set-backs in the story and it`s good when they get reunited with each other at the end.I also enjoyed the whole book because there are masses of detail and description.
Alexis Salting, boy, age 14, from Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines, on 6th June 2006. Rating: 10/10
This book is one of the best book I have ever read. Ian Serraillier is really a great author. My whole class had to read a novel. My whole ( Including those naughty ones ) loved it. My fav character is Jan , even though his a little bit annoying and naughy but had something beautiful inside him. This book rock . It also explain and pictured the surronding of Poland Germany and other place on that olden days. ..........
Doneisha, girl, age 12, from Kingston, Jamaica, on 4th April 2006. Rating: 10/10
This book is amazing.i cant believe that one thing such as a silver sword can give such hope and faith. In this book the silver sword plays a vital role it gave the family of children the push to go on so that they can find their family the silver sword gave proof of a lot of things . it is amazing how the writer is able to capture such graphics. When i read the book i cudnt put it down until i was finished . TO think about a Famil y during the war which got separated and then children were left alone to fend for them self then this boy came along wit a silver sword which gave proof of therir parent being a live and all the trouble the family went tthrough to reach their destination. Famine Drought no place for shelter loads of discomfort . if i were one of the children i knew i wudnt make it. I really like this book the story is a Great one.
Amelia, girl, age 14, from pretoria, South Africa, on 11th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
It is a catshing storry! It teaches valuble storries to people and teaches us how bad war actually is. It Touched a part of me and for the first time I actually thought about the book and what happened inside it. One day i will certanly let my children read it and wouldn't mind reading it again myself!
LAKNA HARINDEE P., girl, age 13 YEARS, from COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, on 10th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
I REALLY ENJOY THIS BOOK BECUSE IT IS ABOUT THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND GIVES US MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WAR. I'VE DONE THIS BOOK FOR LITERATURE AT LYCEUM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, AND I'M IN GRADE 8C.IT'S MARVELLOUS.
Kaushi, girl, age !2 years, from Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, on 10th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
This book rocks!!!I have never had such a nice book for literature in my school Lyceum.I really love this book.It is one-of-a-kind.Ihave also never read anything like it.I absolutely agree with my best friend lakna that this book is the best we have read!!
Kaushali Serasinghe, girl, age 12 years, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 10th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
I really loved this book.It made me feel what it was like to live in a wartoned country.Me and my best pal Lakna spent hours to admire this great work of Ian.My favorite part was when the children got together with thier parents.I add this book to one of the best books I have read.
shulamit, girl, age 11, from london, United Kingdom, on 8th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
the book is written in a way that its readers hearts share the anxiety and sorrow of the children. i had such a clear picture in my mind of the travels of the children and still do.
Jay, boy, age 13, from Pompton Plains, United States, on 8th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
This is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. It show how people should work together to make things better. I had a great time reading this book. I'm definitely going to get an A+ for my book report.
sc, boy, age 13, from sydney, Australia, on 6th March 2006. Rating: 8/10
its a good book for kids.it shows what real life is about.well or what it used to be.kids should be proud of the life they have and this book surely gives you an idea. cheers
chloe halligan, girl, age 12, from bolton, United Kingdom, on 5th March 2006. Rating:
this book is brill i am reading it at shool i think it is one of the best books ever it is soo interesting ab=nd it biulds oup alot of tension
Krisy, girl, age 11, from Barbados, on 8th January 2006. Rating: 10/10
This book was the bomb. It was touching and reuniting. it makes you want to read more and more of the story this was definately very,very interesting.
Emma Turner, girl, age 25, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 17th November 2005. Rating:
This book is absolutely fantastic. I have read this book a few times and given the opportunity I would read it again.
Claire, age 13, from Tralee ,Co. Kerry, Ireland, on 15th November 2005. Rating:
I really loved this book, I thought I was partly based on true life . A lot of people just think that World War 2 was just in the past so just forget about it . But when I read the first chapter in this book I was more than anxious to read on. This book made me think more about the past and our world today. I really enjoyed reading this book and this book made me feel how well off and lucky we are Really are today.
Kevin, boy, age 12, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 8th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
This Book Was Wonderful. I couldn't take my eyes of it. I kept reading till it was nearly 12:00am!!
Jaylana Bryan, girl, age 12, from Petit Valley, Trinidad and Tobago, on 31st October 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think the Silver Sword is a really thoughtful book. You can alot from that book. They had a goal and it was to get to Switzerland to reunite with their parents. They display determination, love, strength and hope. I love this book. I learnt that you must never give up. Always have hope and believe that something would happen and it would.
Ro, boy, age 17, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 27th October 2005. Rating: 10/10
Well my sis does this at school and i first thought that it was realy babish but i realised it is much cooler . Jan and Edek are my idoles
Beth rocks, girl, age 12, from Essex, United Kingdom, on 21st October 2005. Rating:
I think its really good we have to write a review on it and Im looking forward to it Im really like the bit with the monkey that was really funny I just couldnt stop laughing all day
Sam, boy, age 13, from Wellington, New Zealand, on 13th October 2005. Rating: 10/10
I really enjoyed it. I think it's sad but at least they have a hapyt ending!
Bobo, girl, age 12, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 12th October 2005. Rating: 8/10
This book rox! We are studying Modern Classics at right now and we have to read at least one. I just happened to pick 'the silver sword' up ( lucky me ) and then i started reading it. At first I thought it would be boring, but it turned out to be one of the best written books I have ever read! The plot is simple but well built and the characters were all special in a way. This is truely a book of all times! Great for all ages and simple to read. If you ever find this book you MUST read it! Hope you enjoy!!! :)
fatima, girl, age 11, from london, United Kingdom, on 8th October 2005. Rating: 9/10
the silver sword is a great book.my class has on ly read up to chapter23 but so far i think that it is brilliant.its about thw war and how children had to manage during that time.i think that it is the best book i have ever read
Ahmad Abdullah, boy, age 12, from Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago, on 5th October 2005. Rating:
This book is the most wonderful book that i have ever read.it talks about a family,the Balicki family,and their friend,Jan,During and after WWII.It shows heroism,love and family relationships & Freedom.100/100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
krishna Thilakarathne, boy, age 12, from colombo, Sri Lanka, on 1st October 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is very intresting. Ithink I have never read such a wonder ful story in my life.I study at Lyceum International school Nugegoda and we do it for literturefor grade8.
sewmi, girl, age 08, from colombo, Sri Lanka, on 24th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
my sissy does this at school .Like her i'm a BOOKWORM too so 1 day I read this book and it was just georgeous. I recommend that each and everyone should take an example from it. 10/10!!!!!!!! or should I say 100/10
Megan Cosgrove, girl, age 10, Year 6, from Tanglin Trust School, Singapore, on 20th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
It is a great book and I feel that it is great. I enjoy it being a Historic Fiction. It is touching and gives you a lot of interesting facts. I enjoyed learning about it in school and we had to write a diary entry from Joseph Balicki's point of view. I really really enjoyed it. so read it!
choc-o-girl, girl, age 12, from Perth, Australia, on 19th September 2005. Rating: 9/10
i don't no what got me into the habbit of reading war stories, i just red one and couldn't stop. th librarian at my school new i was interested in war stories so she sugested 'the silver sword'. i didn't think i would like it then, but as i said before once i start i have to finish. it only took 2 nights for me to read the book it was amazing. the way Mr Serrailler decribed avery character and settig and how he described the childrens veiws of their surrondings, it's all quite realisctic. i must say that Serrailler reasreched his story quite well, most stories you read the auther just thinks they have got the necessary information to write a story but all they do is babble on. Serrialler just reaserch ihs background and wrote a fabulous story of children fighting for suvival all along believing that the silver sword was keeping them safe from to much trouble.
Haylee, girl, age 11, from Caribbean, Barbados, on 17th September 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think this is a great book I read it for english literature in school . It really makes you feel like you are there in Poland experiencing the adventure of the Balicki family.It is very touching and I didn't want the book to end. I recommend this book to everyone.
bethany ann, girl, age ten, from england, United Kingdom, on 15th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
i thought this story was touching but i really enjoyed it. My favourite bit was were ruth felt a hand and it was edeks but it was great. me and my mates chelsea and lauren as well enjoyed it this is what they thought. chelsea;i thought this was a hearting sorrowing story whatever that means but it was grest to read lauren;i thought this book was sad when ruth found out that her brother was nearly dieng but it was a great book. thank you ian serraillier
DEVNI, boy, age 7, from NUGEGODA, Sri Lanka, on 14th September 2005. Rating:
when my brother reading the book even i read it. IT IS THE BEST!
kalana kerthiarj jayasekera, boy, age 12, from nugegoda, Sri Lanka, on 14th September 2005. Rating:
oh! this is the best story that i have ever read. now i am in grade8 and i'm going to lyceum international school. first i thought that this is so boaring, but when i read the whole book it was superb and excellent.if i tell you the truth sometime i cried in the middle of the book. what a excellent character is RUTH SHE IS THE BEST! I REALLY ENJOY THAT whenbalick escape from the prison again i'm telling this THIS IS THE BEST BOOK TO CHILDREN WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE RESULT OF THE WORLD WAR 2.
Daniel F, girl, age 11, from Timaru, New Zealand, on 14th September 2005. Rating: 8/10
It was a good book I was the first one to finish it, it really showed how the characters interact with each other. History sounds better in books like these.
Nicholas Waples, boy, age 10, from Newcastle , Australia, on 14th September 2005. Rating: 8/10
The Silver Sword was a geat book I realy liked it. I thought it was going to be boring but I was wrong it was exiting and very suspencive and entriging.
Elly And Katie, girl, age 11, from Newcastle, Australia, on 14th September 2005. Rating: 6/10
the book was ok but it I feel it was to boring and I wouldnt read it if I had a choice.It was a bit to predictable and I feel it should be a bit exciting. I think it could be beter
nobie mc cheese, boy, age 12, from newcastle, Australia, on 14th September 2005. Rating: 1/10
I think it wasn't a very good book. I thought it was lacking something like lots of pictures. The plot wasn't very good and and there was to much writing. I wouldn't read it again it was really confusing.
Draniel, boy, age 11, from Newcastle, Australia, on 14th September 2005. Rating: 6/10
This is an alright book it is ok, this text is quite intreeging and quite education as it restates the story of the second world war.
Blake Curtis / Daniel Burdekin, boy, age 11, from Newcastle, Australia, on 14th September 2005. Rating: 6/10
We thought that it was boring becase it just keeped going on and on it felt like it would never STOP. I'm glad that it is all over.
bethany , girl, age 10, from england, United Kingdom, on 11th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
i think this book is great our teacher made us read it in just a week. i really enjoyed it. this book is a touching story.
Roshi, girl, age 12, from colombo, Sri Lanka, on 9th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
The silver sword is a touching story.It shows the world through the eyes of chidren. What they must suffer. It also shows the courage, the selflessness and love of Ruth to Ian , Bronia and Edek and also their love for each other. I rate this 10/10 . At my school we are doing this for litreature and I can understand why the teachers have chosen this for us. To show that there are hardships in life and you have to bear them with love and courage then someday WIN!!!!!!!!!
Jenise Williams, girl, age 13, from MANCHESTER, Jamaica, on 6th September 2005. Rating: 7/10
It is a good book it was hard to get me away from the book. I give a thumbs up to the author.
HANNAH, girl, from Australia, on 31st August 2005. Rating: 10/10
IT'S GREAT WHEN THEIR MOTHER WAS TAKEN AWAY, Ruth had to become Bronia's mother and had to cope as her mother was somewhere else. the story had responsability, trust, courage and the will to live.
Bronia Deighton, girl, age 20, from sheffield, United Kingdom, on 12th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
i love thi book! my mum used to read it me since i was a little girl..i was named after this book.as when my mum was a little girl "the silver sword" used to be a tv program/series and my mum said when i get a little girl i'm going to call her Bronia and she did.
Year 5 at Australian International School, girl, age 11, from Lorong Chuan, Singapore, on 3rd August 2005. Rating: 10/10
We thought the Silver Sword was one of the best stories we have ever read. It was full of adventure and funny parts although it taught us more about the war through the eyes of children.
femi, boy, age 33, from lagos, Nigeria, on 1st August 2005. Rating: 9/10
i thinnk this book is excellent. i read it when i was a kid in england and is still one of my top 5 books.. would love to read it again if i could lay my hands on a copy. its a story of hope in the midst of uncertainty that any one can identify with.. smashing book!!
John , boy, age 48, from Pilbara, Australia, on 1st August 2005. Rating: 10/10
I first read this book when I was a boy of 9 or 10 in St Ninian's School in Gourock, Scotland. I got the book from the school library. This book realy enlightened me on the struggles of the children in occupied europe and I feel that the book had a very positive influence on me in the way that it portrayed how the human spirit could triumph through love and the desire to be reunited as a family again.I am aGrandfather now and will certainly be buying this book for the Grandchidren.A great lesson on what "doing the decent thing" means.
luka, girl, age 8, from south-east, United Kingdom, on 24th July 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is excellent, I rate it 10/10. It is a thrilling read because you really want the children to be safe. I liked the character Ruth best because she is so brave even if she is really scared.
stargirl101, girl, age 12, from melbourne, Australia, on 14th July 2005. Rating: 10/10
hi my name is stargirl101 and i just read this book for a school asignment and i thought it was the best book in the world and so do all my classmates.
Steve, boy, from Ilawarra, Australia, on 9th July 2005. Rating: 9/10
I read this book when I was 11 years old. I loved it. Now I am grown up I will read it to my kids when they are old enough. Shows how tough kids can be when they have to.
riz, girl, age 12, from london, United Kingdom, on 6th July 2005. Rating: 10/10
hi, i read this book while i was in year 7 and i thought of it the best book. it is quit sad and it nearlly gave me tears to be honest. i have no good words to describe this book . bye. i forgot to say it is such a good website. bye.RIZ.
nana, girl, age old, from cambs, United Kingdom, on 3rd July 2005. Rating:
I have not read the silver sword but as a child of 10 I saw the BBC serialisation of the book on TV.The storyline has stayed with me 50 years later. The courage and bravery that the characters shown in the story were an example to all children when faced with sometimes insurmountable problems. Edek's haunting face has never left my memory, ill and hungry and longing for his parents. The boy who played Edek in the film went on to star in many other films and still has that haunted look that I remember.I was elated when all came right in the end and he was reunited with his family in Switzerland. I have just discovered that I can buy the book and I cannot wait to read the author's version of these children and their struggle to succeed.
HJ, boy, age 19, from Sichuan, China, on 30th June 2005. Rating: 4/10
I read the book when I was in middle school.This is,I think,one of the stories which are easy to read but never boring.I like it because I think the story is touching and realistic.I also learnt something interesting that I didn't know about that war.
Mercedes Cendoya, girl, age 12, from Bs. As., Argentina, on 29th June 2005. Rating:
I think this book is very intresting I read it at school. I think the character of Ruth is very responsable and teach as helpful things for life.To be generous ,friendly and responsable.I like how they take care of it other.
Jackie Ndebele, girl, age 18 yrs old, from hertfordshire, United Kingdom, on 29th June 2005. Rating: 8/10
This book is outstanding!!!i read it when i was in primary school in S.Africa,i found it interesting and i was deeply touched by this heart warming story that tell it like it is.However i loved the way the author was able to show how the 3 children learn to survive during the war!!!i would really recommend it to each and everyone out there!!!!
Anya, girl, age 11, from Kingston 7, Jamaica, on 28th June 2005. Rating: 9/10
This Book is so good. The story really appealed to me, and i couldn't believe that such harsh treatments happened back then! I'm so glad i live in the 21st century! 9.5/10
Sue Lynn, girl, age 18, from Kingston, Jamaica, on 27th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I read this book when I was in first form and I am yet to stumble upon a story that surpasses this one. This is a story of hope and courage a family faces during their trials and tribulations. The home mesasge one gets from this book is self-interpretive, whether it may be repsonsibility, hope, perseverance. I believe that this book is exemplary for all ages.
Rose, girl, age 14, from Trinidad and Tobago, on 25th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book was the best, because it realy showed family life and with family life there is always hope, togetherness, leadership and followship. it also tought me how you always need a plan.
Tiffany, girl, age 12 years old, from Kingston 20, Jamaica, on 24th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book was rather interesting. It was about how brace and couragous the characters were in this story. I did not stop reading until I was finished. I was amazed on how Jan made a comeback. This is a book for all to rad. HOLLA!@!!!!!!!
jenni, girl, age 11, from hampshire, United Kingdom, on 20th June 2005. Rating: 9/10
this book is good for all ages. we read it at school and i really enjoyed hearing the amazing adventures of the youngsters. of course not everybody is as lucky as them.
emily cleaves, girl, age 10, from bristol, United Kingdom, on 19th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I really liked it, it gave a real understanding of what war was like in poland and how war can sometimes bring out the best in people
Yini, girl, age 11, from Victoria, Australia, on 19th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I thought this book was really good because it was a story of courage and determination of children. I enjoyed it extremely and now I am studying it in my English class as a assignment. I recommend this book to children who like 'journey' books, adventure or of hardship. This is a great book! I hope that people who can see this comment, read it and hope you enjoy it.
Toni, boy, age 13, from sydney, Australia, on 18th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
well i think its a extreme book but also the author of this book got to relise thats theres german kids and parents out there that suffer cause of this book well i got to say a 10/10 is good keep its up!!!!!!!!!
skyce, age 16, from limerick, Ireland, on 3rd June 2005. Rating: 10/10
im studyin this book as part of my junior cert i found it really touching and movng the hardship the children had to go true i would to endure it. but i would recomend this book to anyone who likes this type of story. i dont like reading but this book kept my attention the way to the end. it was fast moving.
Joy Kirton, girl, age 12, from st.philip, Barbados, on 30th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
Man, I don't know where to begin. that story touched my heart .Ian , I gotta admit that story was the best non-fiction story in Literature I have ever read . I just want to thank you for showing me how much pain the children\people suffered.God bless and continue to write books that will change people's lives.
Ss, girl, age 23, from dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 30th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I read this book a long time back when I was 8 or 9 years old. At the time I was fascinated by the book, but I thought of it more of an adventure. I was too young and too secure to realize the extent of the hardship the three kids had to go through. Recently I happend to read it again, and I realized what an excellent book it was. the depth of the characters, their emotions have been put together in a very well structured manner. I admire the author
Redwan, boy, age 13, from Melbourne, Australia, on 30th May 2005. Rating:
I really like this book, all the characters were great, I couldn't put the book down I read it in one night!
Satyam, boy, age 15, from Toronto, Canada, on 30th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
I read this book a while ago in my old school and i absolutely loved it. it is a very good book and talks about how hard life was as a Pole and how hard the war was. it is one of the books i have never forgotten and i reccomend it to any reader who wants to read a little about the war especially from a kids/teenagers aspect. Great Book!!!
Patrick, boy, age 14, from Illinois, United States, on 26th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and had a very good plot. I liked Jan's character a lot because he was very mischievious and it made me want to read more to find out what he would do next!
Kimmy, girl, age 12, from Saint Venera, Malta, on 21st May 2005. Rating:
Me and my friens at school read this book.At first I thought it was a dull, abook like all the others we read at school, but no. It is funny because of Jan, painful because of Edek, Joyful and colourful because of Bronia and motherely because of Ruth. I really liked it and it proved myself wrong... It is a very beautiful book which is sutibale for all ages. I really loved it. It has built information about how it feels in war in my head.
Stephanie, girl, age 12, from Il., United States, on 16th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I like this book!I thought the book was very touching and will always have a place in my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ryan, boy, age 11, from dorset, United Kingdom, on 14th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I really liked it, it gave a real understanding of what war was like in poland and how war can sometimes bring out the best in people
[Anonymous], girl, age 13 , from Liverpool, United Kingdom, on 10th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
I thought it was a very good book . We had to read it for english but at the end evryone thought it was a very good book .
Hannah Goessling, girl, age 12, from Noosa, Australia, on 8th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
this is the best book i have ever read.
Winston.N, boy, age 12, from Brisbane, Australia, on 5th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
This book was pretty interesting because the Balicki kids went through a massive journey. But when i heard of it i thought it was going to be a real swords but it was still kool
taynara, girl, age 12, from goiania - go, Brazil, on 22nd April 2005. Rating: 10/10
Hi I think this book is great for every one because I think they sould know how hard it was for every one during the war I felt really sad to know that josephs children had to run away from their houses so they could go to a safer place then starve were they wore. thank you for reading my coments.
Kit Irwin, boy, age 10, from London, England, United Kingdom, on 12th April 2005. Rating: 9/10
This book was gripping from beginning to end. One of the best war story's around today, for sure. It is a must read for gun-lovers, etc. Probaly a cliffhanger at the end of every single chapter. A fab read!
Amirah, girl, age 13, from Singapore, on 10th April 2005. Rating:
The book is easy to read and really interesting. I just couldn't put the book down! I have read The Silver Sword more than 10 times already because it is a really good book.
Kerry, girl, age 12, from Wellington, New Zealand, on 10th April 2005. Rating:
It was kewl.its really old tho my dad read wen he was my age!
Taz, girl, age 12, from Pembrokshire, United Kingdom, on 8th April 2005. Rating: 10/10
i LOVE this book This is a gripping story with a brilliant plot. The way it was written gives it real character. It is a very original book. i read it in school and wish i had the book to read at home.
Ami, girl, age 13, from Singapore, Singapore, on 7th April 2005. Rating: 7/10
I enjoy reading the story because it was very different from what you expect to read... It explains vaguely about the war and its negative impact. Yet it is quite light-hearted
CAITY, girl, age 11, from JOHANESBURG, South Africa, on 5th April 2005. Rating:
IT WAS INTRSTING INSOME PARTS
billy the kid, boy, age 1, from ??, Australia, on 5th April 2005. Rating:
it was ok
EILEEN, girl, age 48, from MIDDLESBROUGH, United Kingdom, on 4th April 2005. Rating:
I FIRST READ THIS BOOK AT LEAST 34 YEARS AGO AND I MUST HAVE GOT IT OUT OF THE LIBRARY EVERY SIX MONTHS FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS, I THEN GOT IT OUT AGAIN ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO AND I'VE JUST BEEN AND ASKED FOR IT YET AGAIN. THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST I'D EVER READ AS A YOUNG PERSON AND AS AN ADULT, IT HAUNTS ME IN A GOOD WAY, I CAN LOSE MYSELF IN THE STORY AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES A GOOD BOOK TO ME.
Francesca Tebbutt, girl, age 13, from United Kingdom, on 3rd April 2005. Rating: 10/10
I have reed this book twise, and i still think it is one of the best books going. Ian Serraillier has an amazing view of the war, and tell's us how difficult it was to survie, and not to be captured. I love this book, and hopefully will read it in the near future...
Martha, girl, age 13, from Barcelona, Spain, on 2nd April 2005. Rating: 8/10
Hi!! I think this book is too heavy in the sense of tiring for young readers. it is not a bad plotted story, but a difficult- vocabulary story for the people who are not English. from my school, everyone in the secondary school thinks it is a bit boring except the teacher so.. imagine. see you soon. Bye... XXX
zoe may, girl, age 13, from cardiff, United Kingdom, on 1st April 2005. Rating: 10/10
i think it is one of the best books i have ever read. And i felt whot the children was going through and it is good for all kind of pepol that like a good escape .
Jake, boy, age 12, from Houston, United States, on 28th March 2005. Rating: 7/10
It was OK.very entrancing but kind of poorly written, good plot though
Zita Szőgynyi, girl, age 17, from town, Hungary, on 25th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
Hi! I like this book because it has an interesting story about children at my ages.This book showed me how to survive the second world ware and how important is a family. Thank you Ian for reading this book!
Aurora, girl, age 13, from Singapore, Singapore, on 25th March 2005. Rating: 9/10
It's a beautiful story, with all the values and characteristics of a good book. It's not as long as a novel, yet not so short that people will call it a short story. Good reading for when you're feeling bored or just quarreled with your parents. Helps you see another side of life that you've never seen before
teddy bear, girl, age 12, from NSW, Australia, on 21st March 2005. Rating: 9/10
this is an enjoyable book. its good for people to read who's relatives went in the war. it tells some interresting stuff about it.i really like this book and i would read it again.
sean petersen, boy, age 15, from CANBERRA, Australia, on 13th March 2005. Rating: 8/10
the book was very good i couldnt put it down the best book i ever read
Queeni, girl, age 13, from St. Catherine, Jamaica, on 11th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I hate literature but i have to admit that this is the best, most interesting book i have every read. I have gotten a number of projects based on this book and none of them i never get tired of doing i always find them enjoyable. YOU GO IAN SERRAILLIER!!!!!!!!
Samuel, boy, age 10, from London, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 8/10
I thought the book was very interesting and exciting. It was fantastic all the way through. I haven't got very much to say, but I think it wasone of the best books I've ever read.I really hope there are more books like it because that I have to say was the most fabulous ever.
Abu-bakr khan, boy, age 11, from london, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating:
I personally think the book is great. It is very interesting so fare. I wish i had the book so i can finish it. My best bit was when edek shot the nazi in the arm. My second best part was when edek smashed the sky light in the attic. My best character is Edek by ABU-BAKR KHAN
stacie mitchell, girl, age 10, from Beckton, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book is very good. In my class we have been learning about the silver sword. I have not read the book yet but i have read an extract!!! I think that the book will be brilliant when I read it!!!!!!!!
nicky A.K.A danicksta, boy, age 10-11, from london, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I've only read the extract and even the 3 pages that were taken out of the book was interesting and it realy takes you in. Because of the extract im going to go to the libary tonight and i'm going to take out the silver sword and i usualy don't read becouse books bore me hope u enjoy the book I would recomend for all ages
fesal, boy, age 10, from beckton, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I like the book because there was lots of action and sharp sentences
tereza phillips and nikita moses, girl, age 11, from London , United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 9/10
Dear Reading Matters I have only read a little exstract of the silver sword but i would like to get the book soon. I found it very intresting because it was baced on a true story. Tereza Phillips Dear Reading Matters I have read an exstract of the silver sword and found it very intresting. I would like to bey the book.If i read the full sory i would give it 10. Nikita Moses
chelsea marie harper, girl, age 11, from United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think this book was amazing and i also think i have learnt a lot from it. We have been doing quite a few tasks on this book and i have enjoyed it so much. It is greater than ever.
Whitney, girl, age 11, from Beckton, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book is a very fantasic and emotional book. I have learnt so much just from reading an extract from it. We have been acting out how the children were escaping from the house. I haven't read the whole book yet but when I do, I think it will be brilliant!!!!
Tanvir Alom, boy, age 11, from London, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 9/10
I thought the extract we read in class was exciting and amazing if i could i would recomend that the book to any because it is realistic. I really enjoyed it
aniqah and mia, girl, age 10, from beckton, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
the author made it feel like it was real because when you read it it makes you feel like your in the book!.And also the author wrote it un a kind of interesting way our favourite line was were edeck says to bronia"if you don't be quiet we might never see mum and dad again" and then ruth turns around and says"we will see mum and dad again". My thoughts were like why did you say that shev is just going to cry. It was a great book but a bit said in the middle.
Kerry Lee, girl, age 15, from Johannesburg, South Africa, on 1st March 2005. Rating: 7/10
i really enjoyed this book. the first time i read it i think i was about 11 and i absolutely loved it, i thought that it was the best book i had ever read. but after reading it a second time, especially after reading so many other novels about the war, i found it slightly childish and a bit of a dissapointment. i still really enjoyed the story, but i would recommend it to poeple aged 10 to 13.
Liam, boy, age 15, from Wicklow, Ireland, on 21st February 2005. Rating: 2/10
i studied this book in school and being a war book i thought i would like it but i thought it was crap, i must of fallen asleep in class most days we read it, most of the stuff that happened in the story was really unrealistic.i think this book had alot of potential but it was poorly wrote, i was very dissapointed once i finished the book.
jojo, girl, age 21, from london, United Kingdom, on 21st February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think this is a fantastic book. It just draws you in. I must admit it gave me goosebumps. You almost feel as if you are there, as if you were on the journey with them. The funny thing is i hate reading books. They just bore me. But this book is something special. I would definately recommend this book to anyone!!!
Verity, girl, age 14, from Hereford, United Kingdom, on 19th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I have Never been a keen reader so as i went on holiday i took a couple of mags and 2 small books. I read these books in a few days and it was about half way through the holiday when i decided to pick up 'The Silver Sword' which my sister had borrowed from the libary. I red the first chapter and was hoocked i the book in two days and i wanted to read it again! I was recently in a book shop and wasn't looking for it but looked up and there it was on the shelf so i did not hesitate in buying it. I am now reading it again! This is a great book showing determination and loyalty and i would recomend it to anyone!
Haylz!!!, girl, age 10, from Lancashire, United Kingdom, on 16th February 2005. Rating: 9/10
I read this book at school when we were doing a topic on the second world war. I thought it was a good book, but it was a bit boring in places. Mind you, I would read it again. You'd like this book if you were interested in historic things and have a good imagination!!
Silverfa, girl, age 19, from Singapore, on 14th February 2005. Rating:
I read this book when I was 12-13 years old, and even now, 6 years later, I remembered that the book was quite interesting. It left a deep impression on me and tells me much of the suffering people experienced during wars. And I've never heard of Warsaw before I read this book. Ahahaha....Anyway, the book is really good. Read it!
Melanie Raimundo, girl, age 11, from sydney, Australia, on 10th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
Hi I am Melanie Raimundo and this book realy enspiered me to keep on moving to acomplish more than I am this present day . At school we had to choose a book that sounded like a good one, at first I chose one that was set in Venes but then as no one was doing that I whent to read this, so at first I thought it was boring but now I love it sooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! I realy recomend it from 7 and up up UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Melanie Raimundo.
Pharell Laing, boy, age 13, from Catholic, United States, on 4th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I am an avid reader and the librarian at school recommended this novel and I only wish they had a movie based on it because it is so captivating and it portrays the courage of kids, who are similar to my age.
Jenny, girl, age 10, from Bradford, United Kingdom, on 3rd February 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is very emotional, and every sentence makes you intrigued in what is happening, it is a great book and i very much recommend it.
Amy, girl, age 10, from Tipperary, Ireland, on 28th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
I Thought the book was very interesting because I have never read a book about a war before. I think everyone should read it. It is the best book I have ever read.
NAT, girl, age 11, from LONDON, United Kingdom, on 21st January 2005. Rating: 10/10
IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THIS BOOK IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY IT WAS GREAT
tom, boy, age 10, from leicester, United Kingdom, on 20th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
we read this book at school and after the first sentence I was exhited and wanted to read on. when our teacher stopped reading we all groaned and didn't want to stop reading. I recommend it to 10+ and if you are over ten get stuck in to that book.
Tamsyn , girl, age 12, from Cape Town, South Africa, on 20th January 2005. Rating: 8/10
Really good book, I would recomend to all other people even adults.
Aliyah , girl, age 11, from San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, on 20th January 2005. Rating: 8/10
I enjoyed the book because it was interesting and it showed the hardships of a family after the World War II.
Teri, girl, age 12, from Cunupia, Trinidad and Tobago, on 19th January 2005. Rating:
this book is marvelous as it shows bravery and courage brought unto these children , which taught me a lesson
roxanne, girl, age 12, from Trinidad and Tobago, on 18th January 2005. Rating:
a very remarkable book well worth the read.
narina7, girl, age 12 years, from Trinidad and Tobago, on 18th January 2005. Rating: 7/10
this book is about three children surviving and enduring much pain and grief.it shows the meaning of teamwork and responsibility.
Emma, girl, age 10, from England, United Kingdom, on 17th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
at the end of each chapter is a cliffhanger my favourite part is were joseph points the chocolate at the worker pretending that it is a pistol.
Michael A.K.A shak_diesel A.K.A M.J., boy, age 12, from Jamaica, Jamaica, on 16th January 2005. Rating: 8/10
It is a really fun book. It has alot of drama my mom and dad love it. Anyways its a good book for people 6 and up
zain, boy, age 10, from Leicester, United Kingdom, on 15th January 2005. Rating: 9/10
A sad book but happy at the end. You better read it.
Christine, girl, age 12 years, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 5th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
The book has a very deep meaning. I admire Ruth most for her determination and sense of responsibility.We read it in school for literature and we loved every moment of it!
loll, boy, age 12, from lancashire, United Kingdom, on 5th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
the book was great in read it at school with my class when we started it we couldnt put it do and ian the writedr deserves an award for it
Tim, boy, age 17, from Wollonong, Australia, on 5th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
I read this when i was in year 7 (12 yrs) and loved and today, going into my HSC year is still my favourite book ever. This is considering I'm doing four units of English and have read substanicailly especially this year just gone. This book stands out amongst others considered 'classics' such as 'The great gatsby','1984', 'animal farm', 'pride and prejudice' and so on. A must read and seems as though it is in other syllabi besides Austrlan which is good - it deserved to be there beacsue it is a great read and a good introduction to WWII studies that will take place thwe same or following years at least in History.
THARU, girl, age 12, from NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka, on 3rd January 2005. Rating: 10/10
mellisa, girl, age 12, from colombo, Sri Lanka, on 31st December 2004. Rating: 10/10
It's a great book.We did this book for literature at school,and all the children enjoyed it a lot.
Roshane, girl, age 14, from Wattala, Sri Lanka, on 28th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is great! It's awesome. The characters just jumped off the page at me. We do this book at our school for literature and we enjoy it very much. The author makes us feel as if we are one of the kids on our journey to Switzerland. We get a very clear image of what it was like during World War 2. It sometimes bring tears to our eyes. And anyway it's funny too. Ian Serraillier is a great author who creates a world of readers!!!
Pussi, girl, age 13, from Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, on 22nd December 2004. Rating: 10/10
It was super
ruth, girl, age 13, from glasgow, United Kingdom, on 19th December 2004. Rating:
I really like this book an dthink that it was really touching.I would really like to read his other books and see what they are like.My favourite character was ruth because she was very brave and not selfish at all. I finished reading the book in 4 days because it was so good and when i got to the end it was really nice.
Winnie, girl, age 14, from Hong Kong, on 12th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
I like this book because it give a true picture what war like. It is vert difficult to imagine what a war look like, wars ruin people life and also buildings. War is really horrible and I think I am really lucky that I am not born in the war period and also countries which have wars. In the story, I like Jan. He is really very brave to help the three children to find their parent. And I am glad to see that he have chose family, but not his pet.
Marc Jones, boy, age 11, from London, United Kingdom, on 4th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
I absoloutly love this book.I read it at school as a class reader but i didn't think it would be very interesting but as soon as i started reading i could'nt stop I looked forward to our reading lesson every week.The silver sword has been in my family for a long time it was my grandfather's favourite book, my sister did it at school as a play (she was Edek)and now i read it as a class reader.I real realated to Jan as a sort of rebel and not caring about anything on the outside (except for his animals)but on the inside when it was between Ludwig and the family he chose the family and that really showed he cared.I loved the part of Edek because he had TB and that made him very weak but his will power kept him going to get his family reunited.The book on the whole was very good and it has gone down on my list of my all time favourite books.Ian Serrailiar has done a very good job here.
Kere wylie, girl, age 13, from west indies, Trinidad and Tobago, on 30th November 2004. Rating:
This book is about three children who go on a search for their parents and meets a friend of their dad alittle boy named Jan.He accompanies them on a journey to find their parents. During the they stumble upon many troubles but the silver sword gives them a sense of hope, and this is what gives them the strength to carry on , that and the fact that they will see their mother and father again.this book is very interesting, it makes you want more every time you stop.It gives u a special feeling about if u lost your parents, and whatg u would do.
Alicia, girl, age 9, from leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is about three children that are looking for their mother and father. I think this book is interesting because it is set on a true story. It is sad because there dad was put in a war camp and because Jans best friend Jimpy died. Makes you feel upset because the children had lost their mum and dad. This book makes you feel like your there. It is happy to because they find there brother Edek.
Zoe, girl, age 9, from LEICESTER, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is about three children who go on a journey to look for there parents. I think that this book is very interesting because it is a true story. I also think that this book is a bit sad because they have lost there family. But it gets much happier in chapter twelve because they find there brother Edek. Edek was taken as prisoner in an Italian prison war camp, but he was in safe hands. We read up to chapter thirteen. It was sad in chapter thirteen because Jans best friend called Jimpy died because he broke his neck in a rumble of children that were very hungry. I think that there mother might be okay because she is in Switzerland and it is quite safe there too. This book is good to read to a class if you are doing a project on a true story that was based in world war two.
Nicole, girl, age 9, from leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
At school we havent finished the book yet but I can tell you about it so far. I think the Author wants you to keep on reading until the end because he makes it so you dont know what will happen next which makes it sound exciting. I think the book makes you feel sad inside because it is a true story set in the Second World War and people got taken away and died. It also makes you feel happy inside because they find Edek. They are on there way to Switzerland to find there mother and father who were taken by the Nazi people during the War. Thanks to Ian Serraillier who wrote this book.
Ieuan, boy, age 10, from Leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
In the Silver Sword we are up to the thirteenth chapter after Edek has been found and they are on the way to Switzerland on a train to find there mum and dad. The writer makes me want to read on and on especially when Ruth finally finds where Edek is and she hears that he ran away. The book makes me feel, sad, happy, excited and joyful. The story makes me feel like I was there because it really there in the past. I would recommend this book for 10 or over.
Daniel, boy, age 9 years old, from leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
In the silver sword we are up to the part where Bronia has found her brother Edek and Jan looses his soup and lots of children go for food in a scramble . Jans cockrel Jimpey was in a fall and his cockrel Jimpey broke his neck and died. Some children might feel quite upset because it is a true story of A family getting split up for a couple of years during the war and there dad Was taken to a prison camp . I would recommend this book to 9 or 10 year olds.
Gemma, girl, age 9, from Leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
The Silver Sword is a very interesting book. It is interesting, but really sad, because Jimpy the cock died. In chapter 12, Bronia, Jan and Ruth, were trying to find Edek. Edek was very ill, and they travelled all the way to Posen just to find him. The book makes you feel happy when they find Edek, but sad when Jimpy, Jans friend dies. The book also makes you feel weird, when you dont know whats going to happen next. The ather writes the book as if you dont want to put the book down because it is so good. Are class are up to chapter 13 in the Silver Sword book. We have got to the part were they are on the way to Switstarland to find there Mum and Dad
Stefan , boy, age 9, from leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
It the Silver Sword we are up to chapter thirteen and they have found Edek and. They were going to Switzerland to find their mum and dad they are very far away. The family were very poor and they had no food because they didnt have any money. This makes me feel really sad because it has really happened before in real life. It is a sad story because their mum and dad got taken away because the Nazis had taken Their mum and dad away.
Sam.J, girl, age 10, from Leicester, United Kingdom, on 29th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
The silver sword is a very interesting book. It is about a true family living in World War 2 times. This is quite upsetting because most of there family gets taken from the Nazi people. Ruth, Bronia and Edek are together but soon Edek gets taken too! The Dad escaped from his prison and travelled to Switzerland where he told his children they would meet. My favourite character is Jan. He is a pick pocket but very helpful. He makes me feel happy inside, but it was sad when his parrot Jimpy dies. Later on in the story the family finds Edek. That made me feels happy as well. Thanks to Ian Serraillier this book is here.
Churnie, boy, age 100, from Victoria, Australia, on 27th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think this book has a good setting and a perfect stucture. The description were very nice and precise. My favourite character and Jan, because he was cool and sneaky. Ruth was a good guardiun and should be well awarded. Thanks to Ian Serraillier for writting this wonderful book for all of us to read and enjoy.
Katie, girl, age 12, from Quebec, Canada, on 18th November 2004. Rating: 8/10
This book is very touching and tells about people's lives back in World War II. It is a great book if you want to learn history about the world war II all the while having it packaged into a fiction type of book. The only problem though, is that the writing is very dull and not very expressive. While the facts are good, the writing is a little bit on the downside. It lacks words to help enhance the reading and the picture drawn out by reading the book. On the whole, it is a good book although the ending is slightly overly-fictious. How it ends so happily is not a good thing because even in fictionized books, it should be realistic to some point. If something bad happens, at least the reader feels a sense of justice mixed with pity. That is the best feeling you want your reader to receive.
kimberley , girl, age 10, from carcroft doncaster , United Kingdom, on 11th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
i loved the silver sword because it made me very upset in some of the story and made me feel like crying in other parts it was really funny.we are still reading the book and we are on the last 3 chapters but i have secretly read the chapter called meeting my family again and i wanted to tell everyoue about it because i want them to know how good this is. i would age this book for 9 or 10 year olds because some of the words are quite hard it is also a very good book for an adult to read to so i hope my review is ok for youy bye
Samsung, boy, age 13, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 9th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book was so awesome,it really made me think about how much suffering some people went through during the holocaust.This book was very interesting and so detailed, which is good because it makes it easier to picture the surroundings Ian Serraillier was a great author and I would love to read another one of his titles
Mrs H, girl, age old, from London, United Kingdom, on 8th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
I have used The Silver Sword as a class reader for 10 & 11 year-olds for several years. Each time, I am moved not only by the story itself but also by the reaction of the children as they read together. The situation of the Balicki family, being separated by circumstances beyond their control, dramatises everyone's worst nightmare. Each of us can relate to the feelings of loss and desperation and wonder what our response would be. Would such a challenge make us devious like Jan, bitter like Edek or responsible like Ruth?
Adriano, boy, age 11, from B'Kara, Malta, on 7th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
A really interesting and touching read.We had it for English reading in my Secondary school.I reccommend everyone to read it as it is so beautifuly writtenWell done Ian Serrailler
Churnible Smith, girl, age 9, from Victoria, Australia, on 4th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
I thought this story was great. it was sad how the family had to struggle all the way the Switzerland just to find their parents. The start of the story ws O.K. but a bit confusing. It ws cool how the father made the guard faint.
Tom, boy, from United Kingdom, on 3rd November 2004. Rating: 2/10
I'm sorry if you like this but i really think this book is not very good at all! We read it in english classes and it was so boring!
bob, boy, age 15, from auckand, New Zealand, on 31st October 2004. Rating:
i thimk this book is cool and it has really intresting chatracters aspecially jan
Tim, boy, age 21, from Brisbane, Australia, on 29th October 2004. Rating: 8/10
Whether I'm comfortable with life, or skeptical and angst-ridden, the thought of this story can bring a tear to my eye. It is believable, of obviously great content, not ruined by wasteful form. The Silver Sword draws quite effectively from the rich, but easily squandered art-well of greed and nastiness crushing tender folk. Of course, it doesn't quite crush the Balicki's, so human, that belief in paper 'gets them through'.
Paul, boy, age 13, from Victoria, Australia, on 29th October 2004. Rating: 8/10
This book was fantastic. We read it as part of our english class though we have done essay upon essay on it I still find one of the best books I have ever read. It is too good for words because it so real I think that all other kids should read it.
Saffu, girl, age 11, from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, on 25th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think its an intersting book for it is filled with many adventures. This book cntains cooperating aswell as risking lives for each other! I wonder what i'd do if my family were to be seperated?
lola, girl, age 12, from Christchurch, New Zealand, on 25th October 2004. Rating: 9/10
I thought the book was very well-written and was a bit shaky at the beginning but got addictive further on. At first we were just reading it in my class but i thought it was so good i went straight to the school library and got it out. Definetly 2 thumbs up, i think everyone should read it.
Abdul Mubdi' Osman, boy, age 11, from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, on 25th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
it's fun ! an interesting and long journey! i loved it , especially jan, i also love the war! its an interesting book to read
Hayley Prior, girl, age 12, from Glasgow, United Kingdom, on 24th October 2004. Rating: 9/10
i think that this story was brillant as it tought me many things. One of these was that family is stonger than life. I thought Ruth showed exceptio al amounts of courage. I thought overall this book was very amuzing.
kabir, boy, age 22years, from kolkata /muslim, India, on 16th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
friendship is just like a beautiful flower.
bryan smith, boy, age 12, from christianity, Jamaica, on 14th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
it makes so sad that if that where my family i would not know what o do.my gratitudes to this book makes me more mature
karmena, girl, age 14, from gold coast, Australia, on 11th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
i really liked this story ,it really opened my eyes about the war and how hard it was for many people that were in the war, i cant imagine the pain they feel.I thought that the storu was very interesting.
Gerald, boy, age 13, from Singapore, Singapore, on 11th October 2004. Rating: 7/10
The is very toching and intresting......we even use it for our school literature for secondary one....i hope there would be more of such books published and used in schools.....one of the best books which i have read completely as i usually stop half-way after reading some other books!!!
Nadine Cathrine Wilson, girl, age 13, from Durban, South Africa, on 10th October 2004. Rating: 8/10
the silver sword i thought that this was a very good book for young children to read. It would show them what children in thoughts days went through and how lucky children of today are. these children struggled to stay alive during the aweful time of the war trying to find there parents. .............................
Arielle Berry, girl, age 11, from Kingston, Jamaica, on 9th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
I think it ias a wonderfula nd toucching book. I have done it three times for literature and still have not gotten tired of it.I also did a project on it. I thinm this is one of the best books in the entire world. Thanks Ian Serraillier for writing this book. Sinereley Arielle Berry
alisha, girl, age 11, from london, United Kingdom, on 1st October 2004. Rating: 1/10
i think it was a good story because it was based on areal story and i like real storys and i personally think ian serraillier was a brilliant writer and i would like to read more of his srorys.>>>>>>>>>>>>
hope faith, girl, age 11, from london, United Kingdom, on 29th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
it was the best book in the world .i enjoyed it so much .we were reading it with our english teacher .we all loved it.our teacher gets upset sometimes when she sees the world war 2 pictures of what happened.
gillian westbrook, girl, age 12-turning 13, from delta,b.c, Canada, on 20th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
Personally i loved it. I love books that have events that acually happened. It really touched me, i just hate to think about all those children that died in the war. It was really interesting how the author used a silver sword as the main object in the story. Congratulations on writing a splendid book! You are a great author Ian Serraillier!
pati, girl, age 13, from Mar del Plata, Argentina, on 19th September 2004. Rating: 9/10
I think that it's a great book and that is written in a perfect way so that readers can imagine the situation as it really was- Congrat's!
Robert, boy, age 12, from alexandria, United States, on 16th September 2004. Rating: 1/10
I think this book was great. I like the suspense in the story. I also liked how the author made a historical time period so fun to read. This stroy teaches friendship, strength, and how strong a family is. This book can get to you. If I was a book cridict i would give this a FIVE star rating.
Paige, girl, age 12, from Grafton, NSW, Australia, on 9th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
We read the book as a class book and i really got into it. I love reading books that have happened and that have real meaning to them. It was a very interesting book that sometimes made me cry slightly.
Victor Vuong, boy, age nearly turning 12, from Canberra, Australia, on 26th August 2004. Rating: 6/10
Congradualation to Ian for writing this epic story on the Balicki family's stuggle to reunite together. It was a pleasurable book that really touched me. It was wonderfully set out and planned. I hate to be the bringer of bad news but I though this book was really disappointing -_-. There wasn't enough character emotion and heart thrilling chapters. Of all the books that i have read, this book would be above average. Ian, you have remarkable talent that is waiting to be unleashed into your full potential. I would have expected more from a fantastic author such as yourself. Although some of your other books took my breath away. WELL DONE!!!!
Deborah, girl, age 37, from London, United Kingdom, on 25th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
this was the first book that was read to me by my primary school teacher and I am now the kind of person that always has her head stuck in a book. I usually turn to this when I am in need of comfort or just a little light relief - no matter how many times I read it, I always enjoy.
Olamide , girl, age 11, from Bridgetown, Barbados, on 24th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think that the silver sword is a very interesting book . It inspires both young and old readers to write their very own book one day.
Mary-Ann, girl, age 11, from Barbados, Barbados, on 24th August 2004. Rating: 8/10
I love this book because it tells us about a family and their struggle to reunite.They face alot of hardships along the way but at the end of it all in some way or the other they finally find one another. The Silver Sword explains it all.That is why i love this book. I am looking foward to other books in this series.
Rodianne Agius, girl, age 12, from Ghaxaq, Malta, on 22nd August 2004. Rating: 10/10
THis book is marvelous. I read it once in school and it really struck me. While you're reading you'll began to feel as one of the family. Children, and adults, if you have the time to read this book I reccomend it to you cause you will never forget it
v-c, girl, age 13, from singapore, Singapore, on 17th August 2004. Rating: 8/10
i think that it shows a lot of peserverance and independance among the three children. This will show how the children in the past during war times have suffered and how do they do it.
cow-moo-moo, girl, age 13, from singapore, Singapore, on 13th August 2004. Rating: 8/10
it's a good book for ppl who have never been through wars and might be interested to noe how is it like to be involved in one. it's actually about an adventurous and determined group of children who even though don not know the chances of being killed even before they can find their parents.
Javan, boy, age 11, from Christ Church, Barbados, on 11th August 2004. Rating: 9/10
I really enjoyed the book. It was interesting to read how the mighty German army was chased out of Poland by the Russians. The most inspiring thing about the book is the way how Joseph's children survived through all the hard times faced. I think this is a good book for adolescents to read especially if they are facing tough times in their lives and need some encouragement to keep on fighting.
thickhead, girl, age 12, from Australia, on 29th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
i really enjoyed the silver silver sword.My fav. character is Jan. The story helped me understand what living in the war times would have been like. Not knowing what the next day will bring. Not knowing where you would be, who would be with you what food you would have. I was really touched be this story
YHT, girl, age 13, from Geylang, Singapore, on 26th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think the book is really interesting. It shows how this Polish family, the Balicki, got split up during World War 2. And Jan helping to reunite them. This book shows strong determination. And also what a war does to you spritually and also mentally. It shows girls and boys learing how to fend for themselves at a young age. It makes then sharp and self-reliant. I am sure that there are many girls who have faced the challenges as self-lessly as Ruth has. This is truely a heart warming book. I will recommend it to my friends.
joe class 1, boy, age 8, from Vernon House School Neasde London, United Kingdom, on 14th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I like The Silver Sword.Its very interesting how Joseph escaped from the prison camp.The chidrens journey to Switzerland was fantastic. I want to find out more about the story.
James Class 1, boy, age 8, from V House School Neasden London, United Kingdom, on 14th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
I liked the part of the story when the children escaped across the roof to get away from the nazis.Edek would steal alot to get them food. He was healthy then. But one day he caught. This is the best book I have read. I would like to find other stories about WW2
april, girl, age 11, from greater london, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 8/10
i think that the book is good because it gives great detail to what the effects were on children and adults and it is very exciting as it has cliff hangers on every chapter.
Sarah & Katie , girl, age 11, from London, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 8/10
I think it is a good book because it is exciting to find out what happened during ww2. It is very interesting and makes you think how tough it was and how strong you had to be to get along during the war. I could not put the book down as it is so good!
Geogre, boy, age 11, from Harold Wood, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I really liked the silver sword because it is a book about freindship and that the book is fantastic. I think that you could not get a better book about World war two.
April, girl, age 11, from essex, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 8/10
i think that the book is quite good because it leaves you on cliff hangers in every chapter witch makes it very exciting to read.I think it is a good book to use to learn about the war and what happened to children and adults in that time,as it gives good description and detail on the war.
Emily Squires, girl, age 11, from greater Londen, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think it's really good and it's filled with: excitment, adventures, sad moments and happy moments.It's a bit of everything!
Rosie + Alyce, girl, age 11 +10, from london, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 8/10
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Tom and Terry, boy, age 11, from essex, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
We liked it because it's an adventure and action book and you could actualy feel what they were going through.
Rebekah and Rebecca, boy, age 11, from essex, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
I Think This Book Is Realy Interesting As You Start To Feel For the Characters And find it Hard To Imagine What It Was Like For Children During World War 2.
Catherine, girl, age 11, from Greater London, United Kingdom, on 5th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
This book I thought was very interesting because it gave you a image of what it used to be like and how people could survive with very little.It also made you feel sorry for everyone who died in the war to save their country.Also how it feels lonely when your young and don't have any parents to look after you.
[Anonymous], girl, age 15, from Netherlands, on 31st May 2004. Rating: 8/10
I thought the book was really intersesting, becasue it was the first time I read a book not about Germans, Britains or French. I never read a book about the Polish side of the war.