Sarah's Stars

Ian Serrailier. Escape from Warsaw
Scholastic  $6.99  ISBN 0-590-43715-1 218 pg.
Reviewed by Mathew, Age 11

When he had finished coughing and wiped the smoke from his eyes, he caught sight of someone shouting at him from below. It was not Jan - he had vanished. An American military policeman was pointing a revolver at him.

When the Germans take both father and mother away, Ruth, Edek, and Bronia are left to survive on the destroyed streets of Warsaw. They manage to survive moving from cellar to cellar, until they fortunately find a better and more secure place to live. It was then that they met Jan, who told them that their father was alive and headed towards Switzerland.  To prove this, he brought a tiny silver sword - their motherís birthday gift from their father.

Unfortunately, Edek is caught smuggling food, leaving Ruth and Bronia alone with Jan.  They head for Posen, the camp where Edek was being held, but when they get there a man tells them that Edek has taken sick and sent to the Warthe camp to be healed.  Unfortunately when Ruth, Bronia, and Jan arrived at the camp, they learn that he has run away. Will all of the family ever be together again??

Ian Serraillier is the author of Escape from Warsaw.  The original title of this book was actually The Silver Sword.  I really enjoyed reading this book because it seemed to keep going and going at high speed, hardly ever slowing even just a tiny bit.  I also enjoyed reading this book because it was just the right length of book to read.  Another thing that I liked about this book is that it jumped right into the story, and then clearly explained what happened beforehand.

I would recommend Escape from Warsaw for ages 10 and over.  I would have to say that this book is a definite page-turner, because it keeps you hanging at the end of every page.  This book grabbed my attention as soon as I started reading it, because there is a never-ending series of dangerous, interesting and even sometimes funny events.

I give Escape From Warsaw four stars.


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