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Cleopatra's Moon


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Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of CLEOPATRA'S MOON, the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and three nonfiction books for young readers, most recently ANUBIS SPEAKS! A GUIDE TO THE AFTERLIFE BY THE EGYPTIAN GOD OF THE DEAD. A docent in the Ancient History department of the Carlos Museum of Art, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit her website at www.vickyalvearshecter.com or follow her on Twitter at @valvearshecter.


Gr 9 Up-Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius, is born into wealth and privilege in Egypt. She and her brothers are doted upon and spoiled, but their life is destined to change as war becomes inevitable. Her father's forces fall to the Roman, Octavianus, who wants all the wealth Egypt has to offer. He also knows that he must get rid of Cleopatra if he plans to rule Egypt. Ultimately he succeeds and this is where Cleopatra Selene's story really begins as she devotes herself to keeping her brothers safe when they are all forced to go to Octavianus's home in Rome. The children must survive intrigue, death attempts, kidnapping, and finally banishment. Her mother's honor is always in the forefront of her mind. The story is gripping and the details of Roman and Egyptian life bring the two cultures alive. Kirsten Potter's performance of Vicky Alvear Shecter's novel (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks., 2011) is impeccable and her portrayal of Cleopatra Selene reflects the girl's determination and courage as well as the burden she carries as the daughter of the greatest Queen of Egypt. The overall production is flawless. Dirge-like music that portends danger is used throughout to mark chapter changes and sets the mood of uncertainty and peril. Cleopatra Selene's story is mesmerizing in this perfectly told tale.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Shecter, author of nonfiction books on Alexander the Great and Cleopatra VII, moves her scholarly interest in ancient Egypt seamlessly into the fictional realm with this dramatic account of the life of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony. . . . Shecter brings ancient Egypt and Rome to life with vivid period details and a fascinating take on a neglected historical figure." - Booklist

"[A]n intelligently written and stately meditation on fate, free will, and political power, a worthy challenge for readers up to it." --Horn Book

"In Cleopatra's Moon, Vicky Alvear Shecter takes a little bit of historical white space and a feisty, feminist heroine and weaves a beautiful novel of love and country.... Cleopatra's Moon is rich in authentic details, including faith. It never slows.... Her story of love and power satisfies." -- Jewish Book World, starred review

"Well written and painstakingly researched, this book will be a wonderful addition to advanced history reading lists and for students who like a fascinating story...." -- Voice of Youth Advocates

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