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but here is a sneak peek at an illustration from inside the book
Here is a draft blurb:
‘Don’t mention that museum,’ groaned Melissa. ‘I still can’t believe you and Mum spent two hours looking at dead people.’
‘It wasn’t dead people. It was ancient stone coffins. From Roman times,’ protested Perry.
When Perry arrives for holidays in the south of France, he is looking forward to sunny days playing footy on the beach. Mum, however, insists on visiting museums and historic ruins. Perry discovers the stone coffin of a girl called Camilla who died, in ancient Roman times, when she was only eleven years old. He becomes intrigued – until he finds himself transported back 1700 years, and meets a real girl called Camilla. She’s cute, she’s friendly… and she’s nearly eleven…
She couldn’t be the girl from the coffin, could she?
This totally believable time-change book will carry you into a past you will never want to leave.
Allen and Unwin, June 2021
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Imagine the last lesson of the day, 75 x Year 6 girls on the edge of their seats, 75 sets of eyes begging for more and 25 of the most reluctant readers spirited away by Anna’s tale. Sounds like a best seller to this librarian. (Robyn Fox, teacher librarian, Lauriston)
The book is really good with some amazing writing and I would definitely read this again and again, never getting sick of it! (Simren, Grade 6)
Such an exciting premise, 21st century boy thrust back into Roman times. This is what we need on the shelves. An Aussie boy time travels to ancient Rome, taking on numerous adventures – all the while keeping his identity secret. Please make this a series. (Karen Marsters, Jeffreys children’s book specialist)
This book really intrigued our Year 6 and 7 students who love this mystery that takes the reader into a Roman world in AD 300! Impossible to put down! It’s a must read for classes studying Ancient Civilisations in the Australian Curriculum. (Julie Connelly, Xavier Teacher Librarian)
I want to read it! (Antony age 13)
Hooked me from the start (Hugh, age 13)
This is a great book to get you started on reading, even if you don’t like reading! (Nick, age 13)
Captivating! Takes you into another world. (Zane, age 13)
Behind the story
This book would not have been possible without the collaboration of historian and archaeologist Tamara Lewit who used her brilliant skills to unearth the tiniest details about the lives and homes of people in Roman Gaul in AD 313-314.
Click here to find out the secrets of Tamara’s research.
Available June 2021. Look for The Boy Who Stepped Through Time in your local bookstore, or order a print or e-book version from various online booksellers, including Booktopia, Book Depository, Kobo and Amazon.
Teachers’ Tips will be available.