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Vita stood proud in her battle chariot as it thundered towards the Roman lines. She and her army of blue-faced warriors were seriously outnumbered, but she wouldn’t yield – not without a fight. She raised her spear and prepared to lead the charge . . . BANG! She started and looked up from her desk. The front door – which meant Mother and Lucius had gone at last! A flutter of excitement rippled through her. It was nearly time. But first, she couldn’t resist one final read-through of her poem. As she scanned the neat lines of verse that sloped across the papyrus’s creamy-yellow surface, her chest filled with a warm glow of pride. She drew in a breath and read the title out loud: ‘The defeat of Boudicca, the fearsome ruler of the Iceni who burnt Londinium to the ground.’

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When high-born Vita’s father is murdered in Roman Londinium, Vita is forced to disguise herself as a slave at the gladiator’s arena. Here she forges an unlikely bond with Brea, a native Briton gladiatrix. Together, they resolve to bring the killer to justice before Vita is discovered …

• A rip-roaring adventure set in Roman London from the rising queen of middle-grade historical fiction, Ally Sherrick – winner of the Historical Association Young Quills Award.
• Vita, nicknamed ‘Little Owl’ by her father, is an unlikely hero – but when her father is murdered she has to uncover the truth, even if it means finding unlikely friends.
• Themes of deceit, storytelling and fighting justice.

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