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Anna Ciddor
Grade 3- Year 7

Anna is passionate about drafts, planning, research, writing and illustrating and her enthusiasm is contagious! Comments like “You are Annabella’s idol now. She said she wants to be an author like you when she grows up” are typical responses from parents or teachers to her lively, inspiring presentations. Anna is the winner of the 2021 Nance Donkin Literary Award and an Australia Reads Ambassador. Her latest book, A Message Through Time, came out in 2023. This is a standalone companion to The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, a best-selling adventure about a modern Australian boy transported to the time of the Roman Empire and taken for a slave. Anna has won several Notable Book awards as well as a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Her books have been listed for numerous awards, and are translated and published around the world.

Books by Anna Ciddor

A Message Through Time

Best Suited 8-13 Years
When 11-year-old Felix finds a message in a bottle during a trip to France, he is in for the surprise of a lifetime. Suddenly he is flung back 1700 years to Ancient Roman times, dragging his very unwilling 15-year-old stepsister, Zoe, with him.

They are offered sparrows for lunch and horse-spit as medicine, but that is only the beginning! When they ricochet forward to their own time again, Felix and Zoe discover they have accidentally brought a high-class Roman girl with them… Can they navigate the strange Roman world – from opulent city to distant sacred spring – and return the 12-year-old girl to her family before time runs out?

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time

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…

The Family with Two Front Doors

Best Suited 8-13 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.

52 Mondays

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.

Night of the Fifth Moon

Best Suited 9-13 Years
In the time of the druids, deep in the forest. Six seek the power, but only one can be chosen

Ket is desperate to learn the druid’s secrets – to predict the future from the stars, to understand the raven’s cry, to speak words of power that can halt a battle. But five other fosterlings are competing against him, and at each new moon one of them must be sent away. Friendships are strained to breaking point as they all strive to impress the druid. By the night of the fifth moon, only one will remain. Set in ancient, pagan Ireland, Night of the Fifth Moon is one of the most unusual and intriguing tales you will ever read

Runestone (Viking Magic Book 1)

Best Suited 9-12 Years
In the world of Viking Magic
a mark scratched in stone can take away pain
a cloak can save you from drowning
a boy can turn into a lynx
But what if the magic is back-to-front?

Oddo the farmer’s son gets into trouble for doing magic, while Thora the spellworker’s daughter is teased because she can’t. Using the power of runes to fix things up seems like a good idea, but the two friends discover there’s more to it than they thought. And now they face a dangerous sea voyage to a far-off place. Can they do it on their own? And what awaits them on their return?

Runestone is the first story in the spellbinding Viking Magic series; an ideal book for readers who enjoy a strong story and a richly imagined world.

Wolfspell (Viking Magic Book 2)

Best Suited 9-12 Years
In the world of Viking Magic, a girl can heal sword cuts with nettle stings and a boy can weave a wolfspell or make the lightning strike. An arrow of fire can end a dispute, but can two children stop the Sheriff from turning their families out of their homes?

Oddo the farmer’s son and Thora the spellworker’s daughter are determined to stop the Sheriff. They set off to the Gula Thing to ask for help, never suspecting what dangers they’re about to face. They will have to fight their way through raging rivers, wild wolves and treacherous swamps before they can return. And even then, it looks as though they may arrive too late.

Courage, friendship and a dash of magic are the keys to this spellbinding adventure, the second in the acclaimed Viking Magic series. Like the first book, Runestone, it is ideal for readers who enjoy a strong story and a richly imagined world.

Stormriders (Viking Magic Book 3)

Best Suited 9-12 Years
In the world of Viking Magic who are enemies and who are friends?

Dungal, the Irish boy, hates the Vikings who have captured him and made him a slave. Oddo dislikes this rude, freckle-faced stranger, but Thora is determined to be friendly.

Will danger and adventure bring the three of them together, or tear them apart? Will they escape from the land of fire and ice? Can Thora tame the horse with the fiery eyes and save them all?

In this exciting adventure, Oddo and Thora discover not only strange lands and customs but secrets in their own hearts and lives.

Stormriders is the eagerly awaited third book in the spellbinding Viking Magic series, following Runestone and Wolfspell.

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