Gladiator by Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons


Written by Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons
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Part of the Read On Series


Gladiator by Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons

Inside, the helmet was dark and stuffy. I couldn't see a thing. The sounds of the waves and the sea breeze had suddenly stopped. I got this weird feeling, like the air was bending around me. Like the ground was shifting under my feet. You find an old helmet on the beach. It's rusty and looks as if it's been there for years. You slip it over your head to see how it feels. When you take it off again, you're inside a dark tunnel. Someone hands you a sword. You're a gladiator. And the crowd outside is baying for your blood. *Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3b to Level 3a in reading.*Support comprehension with the exciting, age-appropriate illustrations.*Help readers explore the world of Roman gladiators and Roman soldiers using the lively non-fiction section.*Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book.


`Boys were very excited and I haven't seen boys of this ability as engaged in their reading. Students had no idea what a gladiator was and were impressed when they found out. All wanted to be gladiators by the end of it! Much better than the competition.

About the Author

Alan and Robbie Gibbons are father and son. Together they have written three stories for the Read On series. Alan Gibbons is an award-winning author. Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 'The Book I couldn't put down' and ten other awards, Alan has been writing children's and Young Adult fiction since 1990. He visits 150 schools a year in the UK and abroad and conducts training on literacy for teachers. He has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in Liverpool. Robbie Gibbons has just graduated with First Class Honours in Creative Writing from John Moores University in his home city of Liverpool. He has had a short story published in the collection Dark Spaces and his collaborations for Read On are his first full length published work.

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48 pages


Alan Gibbons, Robbie Gibbons
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Collins Educational an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

1st November 2012



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