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Head of Zeus
Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track
Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track Annelise Gray
 Circus Maximus, 2

Disguised as the mysterious Princess Sophonisba, Dido is the only girl ever to have raced to victory in the Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting arena of Ancient Rome. Now she has vanished with the Emperor Caligula's favourite horse ... and the entire empire wants to find her and claim the reward.

Dido and her beloved horse, Porcellus, are in hiding in Utica, Africa, at her uncle's stables. But Scorpus is in financial trouble, so when big prizes are on offer at a new stadium, dare she risk everything to return to the tracks?

Horses, history, mystery, thrilling entertainment and sensational storytelling race neck-and-neck through the second pulse-pounding adventure in Annelise Gray's 9 + series set in Ancient Rome.

'I loved this adventure – full of brilliant horses, and a determined heroine following her dreams against all the odds. Looking forward to discovering what's in store for them next' Pippa Funnell, MBE

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
03 Feb 2022 * 320pp * £7.99 * 9781800240629

'This thrilling debut is the first in a new historical series full of dazzling action, rich detail, fabulous horses and an unforgettable heroine' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller.

'Fantastic new historical novel that I'm reading to my daughter. She's loving it ... We are hoping there's a sequel!' Dan Snow.

'Rich in period detail, with a few real historical characters – its principal invention the idea that a woman might have been a charioteer – this is an involving, well characterised tale that feels original' Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week.

'Circus Maximus swept me away to ancient Rome and I didn't want to come back. What a thrilling historical adventure!' A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets.

'Full of great characters – both horses and humans – and Dido is a terrific heroine ... Annelise Gray has written a story that is both historically convincing and heart-stoppingly exciting. I hope there are more to come'
 Gillian Cross
Circus Maximus: Race to the Death
Annelise Gray
Annelise Gray
Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up riding horses and dreaming of becoming a writer. After gaining a PhD in Classics from Cambridge, she worked as a researcher for authors and TV companies on topics as varied as Helen of Troy, Russian princesses and the history of labradors. She's previously published a history of the women of the Roman Empire and a crime novel set in the Roman Republic. Annelise's debut children's novel, Circus Maximus: Race to the Death, was published by Zephyr in 2021. Annelise lives with her husband in Dorset where she teaches Latin. You can find Annelise on Twitter @AnneliseGray or check out her website
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