• One of the great and enduring tales of survival, courage and hope. Ian Serrailler tells this extraordinary wartime story simply and directly, so that we feel the full force of its truth

    Michael Morpurgo
  • As a child I was tremendously moved by Ian Serrailer's The Silver Sword; the combination of childhood heroism in a bleak and horrific environment left me with many questions about the dichotomy of good and evil, as well as the importance of loyal friendship

    John Boyne
  • One of the most exciting books I've read for a long while

    Daily Telegraph
  • Old-fashioned storytelling about courage at its best

    The Times
  • One of the most remarkable children's books since 1945

    Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

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