The Corinthian Girl

Champion Athlete of Ancient Olympia

By Christina Balit

The brilliantly illustrated tale of one girl's epic achievement, from slavehood to champion athlete in the great Herean Games of Ancient Greece, held in the Olympic Stadium.

Set in Ancient Greece, this inspiring story tells of a slave girl who became champion in the Herean Games (the girls' and women's version of the Olympic Games) in the great stadium at Olympia. Born in Corinth, abandoned as a baby, she becomes a nameless slave until her strength and skill are noticed by her owner, a famous athlete. Her spirit and courage take her to victory in the Games, to freedom and to fame. Christina Balit's superbly detailed illustrations add a whole extra dimension to her story of one girl's life in Ancient Greece.




Age 6+

Jun 2, 2021





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"A slave girl becomes an Olympic competitor in this thrilling story of one girl's achievement against the odds."

Fiona Noble - The Bookseller


"Christina Balit’s painterly illustrations have a power of their own, capturing superbly the slave girl’s spirit, determination and athleticism. Although the characters in her exciting, inspiring story are inventions, the details of place and time are accurate."

Red Reading Hub


"Though the story itself is wonderfully woven, it is perhaps the vivid and stunningly detailed illustrations which allow the reader to travel back in time to watch the first women compete in the Heraean Games."

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Christina Balit

Author and Illustrator

Christina Balit studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has illustrated over 20 children’s books and has twice been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Christina lives in Kent.


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