The Corinthian girl : champion athlete of ancient Olympia

by Balit, Christina,

Format: Print Book 2021
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"It was time for the first race to begin. The crowd gasped as the Corinthian girl exploded from the starting point!" The Corinthian girl has no name...abandoned as a baby, she is now a slave in Athens. But her Master is a famous Olympic champion. He spots the amazing athletic talent of the Corinthian girl, and realizes she could be a star at the Games in Olympia. From dawn till dusk she trains - running, jumping, throwing the javelin and the discus. And one year later she is at the great Olympic stadium for the race of her life. Can the Corinthian girl win the crown and find a name and a home at last? Based on the real-life Heraean Games for women and girls, held at Olympia, this is a thrilling story of one girl's athletic achievement against all the odds.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In ancient Corinth, a father abandoned his newborn daughter in the marketplace, a common practice for parents who didn't want the cost of raising a girl. An Athenian slave saw the baby and, thinking she would be of eventual use, took her home to his master, Milos, an Olympic champion. The baby from Corinth grows into a strong, tall, quiet girl who works all day and sleeps in the stables at night. One day Milos sees the Corinthian slave playing with his youngest son and, struck by her agility and speed, starts training her as an athlete for the Heraean Games, a woman-only event held every four years. Once the games start, the Corinthian girl triumphs at every event, prompting Milos to announce to the cheering crowds that, henceforth, she will be his adoptive daughter, Chloris. This Olympian Cinderella story, featuring fictional characters but based on historic fact, smoothly unfolds like a myth, helped along by detailed illustrations that evoke facial features, expressions, and stances seen in classical sculpture and art. Final pages describe the Heraean Games and explain to readers how an enslaved person in ancient Greece really could have become an Olympic champion. This attractive offering is informative, entertaining, and inspiring."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Slaves -- Greece -- Juvenile literature.
Women athletes -- Greece -- Juvenile literature.
Olympic games (Ancient) -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Enslaved persons -- Greece -- Fiction.
Women athletes -- Greece -- Fiction.
Greece -- History -- To 146 B.C. -- Juvenile literature.
Greece -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Greece -- History -- Fiction.
Children's stories.
picture books.
Creative nonfiction.
Informational works.
Picture books.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Herefordshire :Otter-Barry Books,2021
Language English
Notes "Based on the real-life ancient Heraean Games for women and girls, held at Olympia." -- Back cover.
Description 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781913074722
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