Thrilled to share that The Boy Who Stepped Through Time has made it onto the prestigious long list for the ARA Historical Novel Award 2021. So special to be listed alongside iconic authors I have admired for years! You can see the long list here.
The next book…
Excited to announce that I have a new book coming out with Allen and Unwin in June 2021. The title will be… The Boy Who Stepped Through Time. I’ve had the idea for a novel set in Roman times buzzing around in my head since I was ten years old, and I’ve finally got around to writing it! I set it in the south of France (Gaul) as that is one of my favourite parts of the world. The time-change element has given me the chance to come up with an exciting plot and lots of humour.
Australian Book Design Awards
I am thrilled to see the 52 Mondays cover design by Sandra Nobes from Allen and Unwin listed for the Australian Book Design Award. I am especially proud because Sandra chose to use my illustrations in the design!
So touched by this lovely review!
by Anna Ciddor
reviewed by Zewlan Moor
Longing for Milly-Molly-Mandy for older readers? This is the book for you!
Inspired by the author’s childhood 52 Mondays is a collection of short gentle vignettes with a narrative arc, tracing young Anna Lewison’s quest for an antique doll. In its own quiet way (highlights of their life include eating jelly at the Myer cafeteria!), the plot is suspenseful and engaging.
Anna’s parents are loving and indulgent and help her search for the perfect doll. Her immediate family don’t consider themselves religious, but they still participate in Jewish cultural traditions.
The only mention of the family’s traumatic past is a page of description about her father’s childhood in Poland, the war years and a log hut in Siberia, which Anna considers ‘much too complicated’.
Many non-Jewish children would be fascinated to read about the Seder plate of symbolic food at Passover which includes…
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Invitation to all 8-12 year olds AND all adults writing for children:
Come and enjoy a writing workshop where I’ll reveal how to create atmospheric settings, memorable characters and gripping plots, and how to plan, build and finish a story. This is a fun way to spend a wintry school holiday morning!
Date: Tuesday 2 July
Place: The Mummery Room, Edendale Farm, Gastons Lane, Eltham
Entry: $50 includes morning tea and a copy of one of my books
Contact: Eltham Bookshop on 9439 8700