Author(s): Ian Serraillier
Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by World War II, Jan and his three homeless friends cling to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. They travel through Europe towards Switzerland, where they believe they will be reunited with their parents.
Ian Serraillier was born in London in 1912 and educated at Brighton College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He worked as a teacher, but worked from his Sussex home writing for children from 1961. His main achievements included poetry, retellings in verse and prose, educational and local history books, and the founding and co-editing of the New Windmill Series for Heinemann Educational Books. Ian Serraillier died in November 1994.