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Battling her own maturing but still untamed spirit, her sister, an earthquake, Julius Caesar, and the fire set by Caesar that engulfs her now beloved library, Basdinya unexpectedly – but heroically – sets about Saving the...
Battling her own maturing but still untamed spirit, her sister, an earthquake, Julius Caesar, and the fire set by Caesar that engulfs her now beloved library, Basdinya unexpectedly – but heroically – sets about Saving the Scrolls.
Posted October 15, 2004
Twelve-year-old Basdinya, princess of Egypt, was the youngest sister of Cleopatra. Her name means 'Beacon of Eternal Knowledge'. However, Basdinya did not believe she would ever live up to the name. She claimed, aloud and to herself, that the Great Library of Alexandria was filled with meaningless old words, written by old dead people, that no one could possibly care about. Yet Basdinya knew, deep down, that she was lying to herself. Out of the entire royal family, only Cleopatra and Basdinya ever used the Great Library. And Basdinya went there every single day, even when she was not studying. .................................. As the book opens, Cleopatra had already rolled herself up in carpet and was delivered to Caesar. Basdinya was in the desert of Thebes, awaiting word from 'Patra' to return to Alexandria. Through the eyes of young Basdinya we witness Queen Cleopatra and Julius Caesar take back the throne from Cleopatra's brother, Ptolemy XIII, and his wicked minister, Pothinus. We continue to watch as Basdinya, before our eyes, quickly matures and learns to rule the people of Egypt with kindness and wisdom instead of greed and spite. When the Alexandrian War begins, Basdinya proves her honor and the worthiness of her name to all when she puts her life on the line to save the very scrolls and words she once claimed to hate. .............................. ***** Author Mary Kerry has created the fictional character of Basdinya, gave her the age of twelve, where girls become young adults, and placed her in one of the most famous parts of Egyptian history. By making her the youngest sister of Queen Cleopatra, the reader can watch history happen from a virtual front row seat. You will not even be aware of how much knowledge you absorbed while you watched Basdinya mature in amazement. Awesome tale and highly recommended! *****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2004
Personally, I think that Saving the Scrolls is a very worthwhile read. Cleopatra's fictional sister, Basdinya, is an outstanding and compassionate heroine who strives to save one thing - the scrolls of Alexandria. In this exciting novel of the burning of the Alexandia library, Basdinya shows her true heart and spirit. I was very impressed! A great read for kids 8 - 12 years old. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.