Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B. C.

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Established "Dear America" author Kristiana Gregory kicks off "The Royal Diaries" with the captivating story of a young Cleopatra's life.

While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.

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Overview

Established "Dear America" author Kristiana Gregory kicks off "The Royal Diaries" with the captivating story of a young Cleopatra's life.

While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.

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The Book Report
January/February 2000

The Royal Diaries Series Gregory, Kristiana.
Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile. 1999. 224pp. $10.95 pbk. Scholastic,
Inc. (Books Division). 0-590-81975-5. Grades 6-9
This title, the first of The Royal Diaries Series, is a spin-off from the Dear America Series. Gregory fictionalizes Cleopatra's diaries during the transitional period between her childhood and her becoming Queen of Egypt. Palace intrigue, political alliances, and dangerous ambition threaten the security of the Egyptian throne. King Ptolemy Autletes, Pharaoh of Egypt, is a drunk who has fallen in disfavor with his subjects. Their loyalty to him is no longer guaranteed, so he flees his own country. Forced to grow up too soon because of her father's weaknesses, Cleopatra has to take on more responsibility each day. She is the stable force in the family. Her descriptions of Alexandria, the dangerous journey across the sea, the city of Rome, and the beauty of Herculaneum bring alive these ancient civilizations. Although Cleopatra's diaries seem too adult in style for one so young, the book combines history and literature to create a fascinating, historically accurate narrative. The reader learns not only about Cleopatra but also about ancient Egypt and ancient Rome. Recommended. Susie Nightingale, Library Media Specialist, Santa Fe Trail Junior High School, Olathe, Kansas

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Part of the Scholastic "Royal Diaries" series, Cleopatra writes of the snake that nearly killed her father, sending him into hiding. Her sister has taken over the throne of Egypt and Cleopatra now also fears for her own life. With the help of friends, Cleopatra travels with her father to Rome, seeking help reclaiming the throne. When she meets Caesar, Cicero, and Marc Antony, Cleopatra's gift for foreign languages and her growing diplomatic skills come in handy. Two years later, when Cleopatra and her father return to Egypt, she is a young woman--prepared to rule Egypt more effectively than her father or her sisters. The writing is lively. Vivid description allows the reader to smell the streets of Rome, feel Cleopatra's homesickness, and be inspired by her indomitable strength. Unlike a real diary, historical details are explained--though without slowing the story. Historical notes, photographs, and a family tree provide further details. Genre: Historical Fiction. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12, $10.95. Reviewer: Lisa A Wroble
Children's Literature - Julie Steinberg
It is 57 BC and Cleopatra, the twelve-year-old Egyptian princess, is terrified. Her father, King Ptolemy Auletes, was forced into hiding after a deadly snake meant for him bit a servant instead. Taking her cue from ancient Queens Sheba, Esther, and Nefertiti, Cleopatra vows to act in a manner befitting a future ruler of Egypt. Cleopatra's diary is an engrossing account of her escape by boat to Rome, where she and her father must plead for help; her culture shock as she learns the ways of a "barbarian" civilization; her diplomatic skills as she meets General Pompey, Marc Antony, and Cicero; and her tumultuous return to Egypt, where her evil older sister has seized power. Rich details of food, housing, climate, and culture bring the reader the heart of ancient Egypt and Rome. An epilogue briefly describes Cleopatra's liaison with Julius Caesar, Caesar's assassination, Cleopatra's marriage to Antony, and their deaths. A helpful section with historical notes, maps, portraits, a family tree, and illustrations provides the perfect context for the amazing story. The book is part of the "Royal Diaries" series, created by the editors of the "Dear America" series.
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Through compelling journal entries, this entry in The Royal Diaries series takes readers back to a time in ancient Egypt when Cleopatra was a 12-year-old princess, traveling to Rome to meet the likes of Caesar, Cicero, and Marc Antony for the first time. Gregory imagines how the intelligent, literate princess might record events both large and small, proposing that even at such a young age, Cleopatra struggled to learn diplomacy. The attention to detail draws readers headlong into ancient Egypt, describing with immediacy and vigor the spices, views, tastes, and smells that a young Cleopatra may have encountered. An epilogue, family tree, historical notes, and numerous black-and-white illustrations fill in the rest of her story. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590819756
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: The Royal Diaries
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Kristiana Gregory is the bestselling author of many Dear America titles, including THE WINTER OF RED SNOW and its follow-up, CANNONS AT DAWN; ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE; and SEEDS OF HOPE. She has also written the Cabin Creek Mysteries, which are based on bedtime stories she told her sons when they were young and restless. Kristiana lives in Boise, Idaho. Visit her online at www.kgregorybooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    In six grade my friends showed me this book and i thought nothing of it. But i started to read it and it was amazing!! I DONT like to read books and im normally the kind of person to procrastinate summer reading but this book kept me on my toes. It was suspenceful and truly the best book i have ever come across.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    A suspensful and exciting book! One of my favorites!

    Cleopatra, daughter of the Nile, written by Kristiana Gregory and published by Scholastic in 1999 has 218 pages. After reading the first entry I felt like somone had taken me and placed me beside the cool waters of the Nile in Egypt, Alexandria,57 B.C. The picutre looks so lifelike. You can almost see the rushes swaying in the breeze and feel the cool evening gusts against your face. Cleopatra herself seems almost lifelike, gazing at you through haughty eyes, almost daring you to read her story, which begins with her sitting in her favorite room in the palace overlooking the sea. Her father, Ptolemy the XII, has misgoverned the country of Egypt to corruption, and the people blame him and Cleopatra, because she is his favorite daughter. They have more then once tried to kill him, so he hides himself as the turmoil grows. Determined not to let her country go to ruin, Cleopatra desperately seeks a way to save her people, but her father has other plans. He leaves for Rome to plead with Julias Ceasar to send troops and force the rebelling people into submission that he may once again rule Egypt. Cleopatra knows that once the greedy Romans set foot upon Egyptian soil, they will never leave till Egypt belongs to the Roman province. Nevertheless, she steals aboard the boat and sails with her father to Rome. But convincing the Roman Senate to aid Egypt becomes more complicated then the princess imagines, and it is three years before she can return to her beloved Egypt. Kristiana Gregory vividly potrays Rome as a stinking, vile, uncouth city and expresses Cleopatra's yearning to return to Egypt. I loved reading about ancient Egypt and being so close to one of the most famous Egyptian princess in history. It felt impressive, being one on one with Cleopatra, espeshely since I knew I could never take as many responsibilities as she did at her age. One of the best books, if not the best in the royal diaries series, and one of the thickest, I have thouroughly enjoyed reading this diary. A must have for all readers of the royal diaries series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

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    First Royal Diaries book I ever read......

    This book is second in line of my favorite Royal Diaries books. WHen I first picked it up, I was like, "Okay, this book is about some Egyptian girl from a couple thousand years ago. How boring!" But then something in the first few pages kinda made me go, "Wow. THis is really interesting!"<BR/>I think that everyone should read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    POWER TO CLEOPATRA!

    I enjoyed this book greatly but I couldn't believe all the killing! The epilogue was interesting about how Cleopatra was the only one to live the longest but she only lived to age 39!Still it was a very good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Loved this book!

    Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Very good

    this book is so good! It gives so much description on what life was like back then and it makes history interesting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Very good vocabulary and explaining. This author proved that people can write history in a fun and exiting way. i couldn't stop reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2010

    Great Book!!!

    This was a really interesting book that gave me a glimpse into what Cleopatra's earlier life might have been like. It was really interesting to read about her maturity at such a young age and her intelligence and wisdom. I have always had an interest in Egyptian rule but this taught me a lot more and I am even more interested in it. I also have a new-found respect for Cleopatra.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

    wow!

    ceopatra was the most interesting tense amazing book ever but i recomend for kids 9 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Cleopatra VII Fanatic

    I really enjoyed reading the book. I liked everything. Though I wish it had been a bit longer, but other than that it was a great book to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    Very Good!

    I really recommend this book to all history lovers-and not! This book is amazingly enchanting, and will leave your eyes glued to the page until the last letter. Awesome, awesome book. Also great for teaching history lessons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    From a child fan

    This is a spedtacular boook about young Cleopatras life. With her father in hiding and Tryphaena taking over the throne. Life can't get any more confusing, she then flees to rome with her father and spends two years there. I recomand this book to anyone who enjoys suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    I will never stop reading!

    This is the second book i have read from the series and i say i was amzing but they should have added more at the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    pretty good..

    this is a pretty good story, but there is more history in it than story. it also stopped to soon. her life was just getting interesting! i would still recomend it though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    One of the Best!

    Very Different from the others I've read but Wonderful still the same. A great journey of cleopatra dealing with her sisters, her father and the kingdom. Truly Brilliant!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2006

    not what I think of Cleopatra

    I enjoyed this novel, but it was supposed to be about History, and this is not what I have been learning for years, but if you like histor fluff up, this is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    Totally awesome

    This book not only included a vast amount of historical evidence, but gave Cleopatra a personality. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B. C.

    This was the first book I read in the royal diaries series and I loved it! This was the book that got me hooked into the royal books. It's so dramatic the way she has to face the terrible Romans in order to save Egypt. It's absolutly wonderful! Thrilling! Amazing!!!! Everyone should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    I was dissapointed

    This book is about cleopatra when she was 12. The book is about how her contry is falling apart and how she is dealing with her sister, Tryphaena is taking the throne from her father, king Ptolemy Auletes while he is in hiding but now he wants to reclaim his throne and teamed up with the roman forces to go and reclaim Egypt but will he succeed? This book is for any history freak or somebody that is very intrested in Egypt otherwise I would not get it. This book reminded me of a textbook more than something I would read to enjoy. Over all I did not like the book I thought it was boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    I used to like this book more...

    ...but then I read Karen Essex's Kleopatra, and it was way more accurate. This book just fluffs everything up. Oh, and she looks nothing like she did on the cover of this book as she was explained in Essex's book. She was shorter and less beautiful.

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