Kiersten Carr


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Anita Ganeri, Mariano Epelbaum, Nonfiction, Gladiators, Facts

Document Type

Book Review


This picture book follows the adventures of Felix, a Gaulish rebel who is captured by the Roman army and sent to Rome to be sold as a gladiator. It is divided into short sections that cover the history, lifestyle, training, and techniques of Roman gladiators from Felix’s perspective. It relates Felix being bought at the slave auction, where he is told tales of the slave revolt led by Spartacus, and then shifts to his training and life at the school for gladiators, including a close look at the Coliseum and the tradition of gladiator fighting in ancient Roman culture. The book ends with Felix’s first match, in which he fortunately is able to beat his opponent without killing him.