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Ian Serraillier

  • 5 stars across 6 books
    Ian Serraillier was born in London in 1912, the eldest of four children. When he was only six years old, Ian's father died, and as his mother was often not very well, he looked after his younger siblings, especially during their long summer holidays in Switzerland. After university, he became a teacher and a writer. When the Second World War broke out, Ian refused to fight, because he believed it is wrong to kill another person. Many people who believed this were sent to prison, but fortunately Ian was allowed to continue to teach. After the war, the newspapers were full of picture of the ruined cities of Europe, and the children who had been orphaned or made homeless by the war. Ian was determined to tell their story. Ruth, Edek, Jan and Bronia are all based on real children, and even the silver sword paper knife was real. Ian Serraillier wrote many children's books but The Silver Sword is his most famous and most beloved, and it has never been out of print.
    1st September 2011

    The Silver Sword

    Read & Respond: The Silver Sword provides teachers with a wealth of resources to teach The Silver Sword by Ian Ser... More

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    1st August 2012

    The Silver Sword

    'If you meet Ruth or Edek or Bronia, you must tell them I'm going to Switzerland to find their mother. Tell them to foll... More

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    1st October 1966

    The Enchanted Island

    One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. These retellings of Shakespeare stories focus on "The Taming of the ... More

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    2nd November 1981

    The Road To Canterbury

    One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of retellings of some of Chaucer's stories and ... More

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    13th October 2004

    Beowulf the Warrior

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    7th February 2019

    The Silver Sword: A BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation

    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Ian Serraillier's classic wartime story. When the Germans march into Poland in 1... More

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