The Boy Who Stepped Through Time

Anna Ciddor

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time
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The Boy Who Stepped Through Time

Anna Ciddor

When Perry steps into a crumbling ruin while on holiday in France, he is not expecting to be transported back 1700 years to Roman times. While he hunts desperately for a way home, he must blend in as a slave in a grand villa - even if it means eating mice for dinner!

Gradually, Perry is caught up in the fascinating world of Villa Rubia and a life he could never have imagined. But when he makes a new friend, he has a startling realisation. He has seen her name in his own time…engraved on a child’s stone coffin. This couldn’t really be the same girl, could it?

The question burns in Perry’s head as he dodges the perils of Roman life. And all the time there is the danger that he will be trapped in the past forever…


Have you ever wondered how you would cope with living in the ancient past? With no modern conveniences, weird food and even stranger rituals? That’s exactly the situation regular Aussie boy Perry finds himself dealing with in The Boy Who Stepped Through Time. When Perry and his family travel to France he’s excited to explore the ruins of an ancient villa but shocked to find that he has suddenly stepped through time to the age of the Roman Empire.

Perry is mistaken for a slave boy at Villa Rubia and has to quickly adapt to the strange environment. With the help of his new friends, a fellow slave boy and the master’s daughter, fun-loving Valentia, Perry learns to embrace his new life. In between learning to make wine, celebrating Saturnalia and getting up to mischief, Perry attempts to return to his own time. But there’s one problem – he discovers Valentia is in danger. Can Perry change the course of history and find his way back home?

Anna Ciddor has vividly brought the Roman era to life with authentic historical flourishes. The Boy Who Stepped Through Time is a sweet, funny romp perfect for history buffs ages 8+.

Daniella Robertson is a children’s and YA specialist at Readings Malvern.

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