An unforgettable story of life during and after the Second World War, based on true accounts. For readers of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank.
This is a story of many different things.
Of a terrible war and an occupied land
Of the Balicki children who are determined to survive
Of a dangerous journey from war-torn Poland to Switzerland
Of a paper knife that gives them the courage to carry on when nearly all hope is lost.
'I urge you to read this book as it will stay in your memory forever' Guardian
'A true modern classic' Booktrust
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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 rMore about Ian Serraillier