Gladiator: Fight for Freedom by Simon Scarrow

Gladiator: Fight for Freedom

Written by Simon Scarrow
Illustrated by Richard Jones
Part of the Gladiator Series

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A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011' selection.

9+. Action and high paced drama fuel this gripping adventure set in the heart of Ancient Rome. Full of danger, courage, death and hope, young Gladiator Marcus Cornelius Primus’ story fiercely describes how he knuckles down to the gruelling training programme and prepares himself for the violent life as in the ring. But Marcus never forgets his past and his struggle to uncover the truth about he death of his father leads him on a perilous mission from which he’ll be lucky to survive.


Gladiator: Fight for Freedom by Simon Scarrow

It's Rome, 61 BC. Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father's old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free. Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape...


'For children who like this sort of plot-driven, historically accurate adventure, Gladiator will be just the ticket.' the

About the Author

Simon Scarrow

Simon Scarrow was born in Nigeria, Africa and lived in a number of countries, including Hong Kong and the Bahamas, before settling in Britain.

He started writing his first novel after finishing his degree and became a teacher. After he secured his first book deal he continued teaching until 2005 when he reluctantly decided to devote all his time to writing.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

6th October 2011




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