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Abandoned in war-torn Poland, Jan clings to a silver sword trinket given to him by an escaped prisoner of war. As he struggles to survive, braving hardship and danger, he thinks of the sword as a lucky charm that keeps his hope alive. But then he meets three other children – Ruth, Edek and Bronia – hiding from the Nazis in the ruins of their city. They have seen the silver sword before. It belonged to their long-lost father. Will any of the children ever see their parents again?

  • A classic story of survival during World War Two
  • Follows four refugees on an epic journey across Europe
  • A tale of hope, courage and families torn apart by war
  • Vividly brings alive the horrors of the Nazi regime

“This book is touched with greatness.” Junior Bookshelf

“One of the most remarkable children’s books since 1945.” Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

Product Details

Catalogue number

6565 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20






Red Fox

Date published

April 3rd, 2003

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AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 192 pages


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