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Winner of the 2021 Nance Donkin Literary Award
Anna’s passion for history shows in her books and in her lively, inspiring presentations, passing on tips about drafts, planning, research, writing and illustrating. Her latest book, The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, is an adventure about a modern Australian boy transported to the time of the Roman Empire and taken for a slave. It is a perfect match for the 2021 Book Week theme Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Anna’s last book, 52 Mondays, has just been long-listed for the inaugural Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction, and she has won several Notable Book awards as well as a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Her books are translated and published around the world.
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Books by Anna Ciddor
Best Suited 8 – 13 years
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 – even if it means eating mice for dinner! Gradually, Perry is caught up in the fascinating world of grand Villa Rubia and a life he could never have imagined. But when he makes a new friend, he thinks he might already know her terrible fate. Perry is faced with an impossible choice: to find his way home or stay and guard his friend’s life – and risk being trapped in the past forever…
Best Suited 8+Years
Meet the Rabinovitches: mischievous Yakov, bubbly Nomi, rebellious Miriam, solemn Shlomo, and seven more! Papa is a rabbi and their days are full of intriguing rituals and adventures. But the biggest adventure of all is when big sister Adina is told she is to be married at the age of fifteen – to someone she has never met. Based on the author’s real family, the Rabinovitches dance, laugh and cook their way through an extraordinary life in 1920s Poland. In the classic tradition, this highly readable story is fascinating, engaging and as warm as freshly baked bread. A book with a Jewish theme that is not about the Holocaust.
Best Suited 8-12 years
When Anna sets out to find the doll of her dreams, her two younger sisters are eager to help. But it’s not easy. This is 1960s Australia and there’s no computer or internet yet. This is a time when teachers still write with chalk, cars have no seatbelts, and Mr Whippy sells ice-cream cones for half a penny. Anna and her sisters fill their days with fun, mischief and adventure – like the time Anna glues a block of wood to her middle sister’s foot, then worries it will be stuck there forever! They celebrate birthdays and Passover together, cope with friends being mean, and feed peanuts to the bears at the zoo. But through it all, Anna never loses sight of her dream.