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...
When Perry and his family go to a Roman festival while on holiday in France, he never imagined he would be transported back to actual Roman times as a slave!
This world is so strange and different from everything he is used to, but he quickly makes friends and starts to enjoy his new life.
When Perry realises that one of his new friends, Valentia, is in danger, he has to decide whether to stay and save her, or find his way home.
This is a wonderful time-slip adventure with so much historical detail that it seems as if you are actually in Ancient Rome with Perry. The characters are lots of fun, and the story full of action and adventure.
The friendship between the three main characters is great, and a real highlight of the book. A perfect introduction to Ancient Rome, as well as being a great adventure story, for students in upper primary and lower secondary.
Reviewed by Michelle