Cleopatra's Moon

By Vicky Alvear Shecter

The Luxe meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra's daughter.

Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra and Mark Antony - the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, and when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies - until she reaches out to claim her own.

This stunning novel brings to life the personalities and passions of one of the greatest dramas in history, and offers a wonderful new heroine in Cleopatra Selene.

Reviews and Awards

2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Southeast)

“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

Purchase Options
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Summer 2011
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-22130-6
Price: $18.99/$20.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 368
Foreign Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Translation Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Rights Available? yes


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