Scarrow, Simon, Fight for Freedom. Disney Hyperion, 2012. Pgs. 255. Language: PG (7 swears, no “f”s), Violence: PG, Sexual Content: G.
Marcus Cornelius Primus’ family are farmers. His father, a retired centurion, has trained him in the art of combat. When some guys come wanting payment for a loan his father took out, his father is unable to pay and is killed. In turn, Marcus and his mother are forced into slavery. As he tries to escape, he discovers a dangerous secret that could undo the whole empire. He soon, however, winds up being sold into the life of a Gladiator. Their motto: Fight or Die. Will he escape and save his mother? What will he do with his dangerous knowledge?
A great mystery for adventure fans. The plot and the characters are fairly well-developed. The story is intense and does a good job of holding reader’s interest. Readers who like historical fiction, adventure, mystery, and Ancient Rome will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6), MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.