Richard Sloane Introduces ‘Back to…’ Series with ‘Back to the Dark Ages!’

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A historical fiction for children promises adventure and eventual triumph.

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The first book in author Richard Sloane’s “Back to…” series, “Back to the Dark Ages!” follows two 11-year-olds on the adventure of a lifetime in the 8th century A.D.

The first book in author Richard Sloane’s “Back to…” series, “Back to the Dark Ages!” (published by Trafford Publishing) follows two 11-year-olds on the adventure of a lifetime in the 8th century A.D.

June and Augie, contemporary children, visit a fun fair, looking for some harmless entertainment. There, the children take a ride on a magic carousel and are spun back to 731 A.D. where they meet the Venerable Father Bede, famous scholar and monk, who educates them in the customs and lifestyle of the period.

“Father Bede charges them with an important mission to take two valuable manuscripts from his monastery to the king in York for safekeeping,” Sloane explains. “It is a highly perilous journey on which they meet many dangers including wolves and Vikings.”

An excerpt from “Back to the Dark Ages!”:

“As we got closer to our destination, we started to see whole villages burnt to the ground with young children sitting on the ground crying and no sign of their parents… Then we saw a plume of dust in the distance approaching rapidly and one of the scouts came galloping back to say that a large group of heavily armed men were approaching.”

Readers will join June and Augie on the adventure of their lifetime before they are spun back on their great horses safely to their own century.

Sloane hopes “Back to the Dark Ages!” will give readers from roughly age 9 to 13 a fun way into history and some insight into the rigors of life before advanced medicine and high technology came along.

Back to the Dark Ages!
By Richard Sloane
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781466974012
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 138 pages | ISBN 9781466973992
E-Book | 138 pages | ISBN 9781466974005
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard Sloane traveled the world teaching English for 20 years before settling in Cambridge, England as a teacher for another 20 years. Now retired, Sloane is devoting most of his time to writing children’s stories, inspired mainly by his two young daughters. He is also a volunteer disc jockey on his local hospital radio station in Cambridge. He has published “An Alphabet of Animal Adventures” for younger readers as well as “Back to Medieval Times!,” “Back to Joan of Arc!,” and “Back to the Sioux in 1876 America!” part of the same series with “Back to the Dark Ages!

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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