Author(s): Gavriel Savit
Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story.
Kraków, 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 . . .
An extraordinary new wartime story that will captivate readers young and old. Meet Anna. Meet the Swallow Man. And follow their incredible journey together ...
Shortlisted for Waterstones Children's Book Prize: Older Fiction 2017.
"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' "A beautifully haunting and thought-provoking story of friendship that lingers long after the last page" Ruta Sepetys "A bold first novel that promises more from the undoubtedly talented Savit" Guardian "A beautifully written debut" Sunday Express "An astonishingly accomplished debut about war, survival and humanity ... this is very much in the territory of The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas with all the potential that such a comparison suggests" -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller - One to Watch
Gavriel Savit graduated in musical theatre. As an actor and singer, Gavriel has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Anna and the Swallow Man is his first novel.