Circus Maximus: Race to the Death - Circus Maximus 1 (Hardback)Annelise Gray (author)
Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world, where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory. Ben Hur meets National Velvet in the ultimate 9-12 adventure story by debut children's author, Annelise Gray.
Twelve-year-old Dido dreams of becoming the first female charioteer at the great Circus Maximus. She's lost her heart to Porcellus, a wild, tempestuous horse she longs to train and race. But such ambitions are forbidden to girls and she must be content with helping her father Antonius - the trainer of Rome's most popular racing team, The Greens - and teaching the rules of racing to Justus, the handsome young nephew of the Greens' wealthy owner. When her father is brutally murdered, she is forced to seek refuge with an unlikely ally. But what of her dream of Circus triumphs and being reunited with the beloved horse she left behind in Rome? And the threat to her life isn't over as she faces a powerful and terrifying new enemy... the emperor Caligula.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 200 x 135 mm
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“Brilliant historical fiction”
Circus Maximus is the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world. The best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death. Dido, who is 12, dreams of being the first female charioteer at Circus Maximus.... More
“An absolute joy to read.”
This one took me a little while to get into, but once I did I was hooked. The writing is absolutely fantastic, and the author does a fantastic job of bringing to life the historical period with all the little details... More
“Racing fixing, murder, corruption and a young girl who will fight it all”
I really enjoyed this one. Well researched this captures the feel of ancient Rome and the spectacle that is chariot racing in the Circus Maximus. I liked the fact that this didn't gloss over the harsh brutality... More
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