Vita and the Gladiator


Read an excerpt of Vita and the Gladiator here

Watch a short film about Ally’s inspirations for the story here

Read Ally’s blog post for The Time Tunnellers about the book here

Find out more about the world of the gladiator in this Imagining History interview with Ally

Teaching resources for Vita and the Gladiator are available here

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What people are saying about Vita and the Gladiator

Ally Sherrick’s book is involving and exciting, re-creating the intrigues of Roman Britain and the bloody struggles of gladiatorial battle with panache

Philip Womack – Literary Review

‘… a thrilling adventure … this rip-roaring Roman mystery sees Sherrick at her very best as she blends fascinating facts with all-action fiction and outstanding storytelling …’

Pam Norfolk – Lancashire Evening Post

‘Loved this!’

Catherine Johnson, award-winning author of Race to the Frozen North and Freedom

‘ … this fantastic tale from the brilliant Ally Sherrick. Mystery, action and betrayal in Roman London … I felt like I was standing side-by-side with Vita in the gladiatorial arena’

Dan Smith, award-winning author of She Wolf and Nisha’s War

‘Ally breathes new life into extraordinary ancient days. Unputdownable!’

Zillah Bethell, author of The Shark Caller and The Song Walker

‘Just buy the book everyone. It’s terrific!’

Fleur Hitchcock, author of The Boy who Flew and Mouseheart

‘A pacy adventure with great historical details and a brilliant wolf-woman gladiator at its heart’

Annelise Gray, author of the Circus Maximus Trilogy

‘An incredibly immersive story, bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Roman Britain marvellously to life.’

Sinéad O’Hart, author of The Time Tider and The Eye of the North

‘… another nail-biting page-turner ,,, I was hooked and utterly compelled to finish it … Highly recommended!’

Barbara Henderson, award-winning author of Rivet Boy and The Chessmen Thief

‘Brilliant children’s historical fiction! Can still hear the clang of swords and roar of spectators! Bravo Ally Sherrick.’

Eve McDonnell, author of The Chestnut Roaster and Elsetime

‘I was swept up in the action and catapulted, by sensory descriptions, into the past.’

Rhian Tracey, author of I,Spy

Vita and the Gladiator is fabulous … rich and evocative (and) so beautifully written …’

Vanessa Harbour, author of Flight and Safe

‘Children’s historical fiction at its finest …’

Get Kids into Books

‘A truly remarkable story with heroines who show men how to be strong in new ways … I devoured this book in one thrilling, edge-of-my seat evening …’

Erinlyn Hamilton – My Shelves are Full Blog

‘… an absolutely riveting Roman thriller… a first-rate middle grade novel that is also about storytelling in all its powerful glory …’

Chris Soul – Writer, Teacher and Book Reviewer

A brilliant historical novel, packed with detail and utterly gripping throughout …’

Jacqui Sydney – Teacher and Book Blogger

‘This thoughtful, action-packed story would be a wonderful addition to any Upper Key Stage Two study of the Romans in Britain’

Kate Heap – Literacy expert and children’s book reviewer

‘I have enjoyed all of Ally’s books, but I have to say this was my favourite … I couldn’t stop turning the pages!’

Emily Weston – Teacher Bookworm

‘An utterly gripping adventure that immerses the reader in Londinium life in 125CE … A cracking class read for any UKS2 class studying the Romans.’

Miss Cleveland is Reading …

‘… a fast-paced, gripping historical adventure that will appeal to fans of Caroline Lawrence’s Roman Mysteries …’

Ann Cowling – Just Imagine