Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 10W6.234805
Established Dear America author Kristiana Gregory kicks off the Royal Diaries with the captivating story of young Cleopatra's tumultuous life. Daughter of King Ptolemy Autletes, Pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra lives a life filled with opulence and mystery.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on September 1, 1999 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 0590819755
ISBN-13: 9780590819756
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  • Seowoong chang Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 6:50 pm
    It is cool
    • ajg16
      ajg16Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 9:07 am44 starsFeatured
      (This is a fictional take on real events of Egypt 57 B.C. ) 12 year old Princess Cleopatra VII the third daughter of King Ptolemy Auletes records in her diary of how her father has gone into hiding after people have tried to kill him. Her oldest sister Princess Tryphaena is calling herself queen because her father is in hiding, Cleopatra fears her oldest sister would try to poison her to secure her spot on throne in the events of her father does because Cleopatra is his favorite daughter. Cleopatra wants to be queen someday. She practices acting as a queen to herself as a kind of training. Tryphaena ruled Egypt from 58 B.C to 57 B.C, when she was killed by her father's supporters. Berenice the second daughter of Ptolemy XII, took control and ruled from 57 B.C. To 55 B.C., When her father ordered her execution. Cleopatra had to marry her brother (when he was 10 😦) and became queen at 18 (when he died and was freed to rule jointly with her 3 year old son by Caesar, Ptolemy XV Caesar, called Casarion. ) and ruled for 21 years. No one really knows exactly what Cleopatra looked like, but they do know that she was one of the most influential women in history because of alliances with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. She died young, at the age of 39 after she poisoned herself with a snake bite sometime after her husband killed himself thinking that she had died in war. Her death marked the beginning of Roman Rule in Egypt, which would last another several hundred years. This was a very interesting book recommended for 11+ thanks for reading - Ajg16's reviews
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        editorFriday, April 19, 2019 at 7:52 am44 stars
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        • ajg16
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      • patch3830
        patch3830Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm
        loved it very suspensfull
        • otter
          otterWednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm
          I'm in the middle of this and I am LOVING it! Cleopatra is 12, but unlike most 12 year old girls, she, uh, has a pet leopard and her sister is trying to kill her. Her father has disappeared, and Tryphaena, her sister, is trying to take over. I can't really say much more without spoiling more then I already did. IT is really good.
          • j0ej0e
            j0ej0eWednesday, June 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm44 stars
            I really liked it and I am reading it for the second time I loved how the way that they lived was so different from our lifestyles like pet leopard and things like that. Overall I loved it........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • yobro
              yobroSaturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:40 am44 stars
              This book is imformal and very interesting, if you like learning about different culteures, then this is for you. this is als in the form of a diary, so Cleopatra VII is narrating and i think it is wonderful that you can read how her life i different then ours.