Anna and the Swallow Man (Hardback)
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Anna and the Swallow Man (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 28/01/2016
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story. Krakow, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she's alone. Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous...

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781782300526
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 352 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A chilling, stylishly written and utterly memorable story" * Guardian, Best New Children's Books 2016 *
"A small wonder, and for once a book worthy of the hype" -- Alex O'Connell * Times *
"The breakout WWII drama . . . is causing quite the stir amongst both adults and the pre-teens it's aimed at" * Stylist - 'Your Essential 2016 Reading List' *
"Tense, moving, original and skilled, this phenomenal debut will seize sophisticated readers" -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times - Children's Book of the Week *
"It sometimes seems there can be no stories left to tell about the anguish of Nazi-occupied countries in 1939-45 but the debut novel by Gavriel Savit makes the territory new." * Observer *

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“Anna and the Swallow Man”

A nice, touching story. Worth a read, but beware some occasional adult language and themes. Not recommend for children in my opinion. As an adult/teenage read, however, an interesting story with lots of themes with... More

Hardback edition
6th July 2016
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“Elegantly written story”

The novel is set in occupied Poland during the Second World War. It introduces us to Anna whose father has disappeared. Anna is left all alone in the world and meets a stranger called the Swallow Man, who teaches... More

Hardback edition
7th February 2016
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“Interesting perspectives on war”

It is 1939 in Krakow. When Anna’s father leaves home and doesn’t return, Anna seeks out someone else who can guide her through the war-ravaged country and into safer territory. She quickly realises that person will be... More

Hardback edition
16th May 2016
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