Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

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Cleopatra's Moon.
The Critically Acclaimed Young Adult Novel
Based On The Real Life Of Cleopatra's Daughter, Selene.

The only daughter of the last queen of Egypt watches her beloved father--Mark Antony--fall on his sword in front of her. Then she hears the haunting wails of the priestesses of Isis on the island of Pharos and knows her mother died.  It is the end of Cleopatra's rule and the start of Selene's nightmare.  Her parent's vicious enemy, the snake-like Octavianus, forces Cleopatra Selene to march through the streets of Rome in golden chains and then sentences her, along with her brothers, to live as political prisoners in his own home.

There she fights desperately to keep her brothers safe from poisonings and secret assassination attempts.  Selene plots furiously to do what she knows her mother Cleopatra would want her to do--reclaim her destiny as the queen of Egypt.   While plotting with her mother's agents in Rome, Selene knows her best shot at retaking Egypt's throne is to beguile her despised captor's nephew, Marcellus, the beautiful, golden-haired heir to Octavanius.  But Selene unexpectedly falls in love with a fellow political prisoner setting off a deeply personal crisis:  Does Selene choose the man she loves over the man who could help her rule Egypt?
Selene is determined to live up to her mother's last whispered words to her--"You have the heart of a great and powerful queen," but at what price?  Is she doomed to live and die like her mother, trying to use sex and seduction to make strategic alliances to gain power? Or can she take destiny into her own hands and create a future her mother never imagined?
Life in Rome has its own surprises and Selene discovers that trying to follow in her mother's footsteps unleashes dangerous and unexpected consequences. Will Selene make the same decisions--and mistakes--as her brilliant but doomed mother? Or will she find a way to forge an identity and future all her own?  

Take a trip to mysterious ancient Egypt--where a young Selene learns to follow Isis and curse her enemies with Anubis, the god of death and embalming--and prickly Rome where political intrigues and secret alliances are the currency of survival. LA Times called this young adult historical fiction novel "impressive in that it feels so real." Lose yourself in the exotic world of this critically acclaimed young adult romance novel.
Publisher's Weekly on this powerful, epic Teen Romance novel:  "Fascinating...Romantic."
The Los Angeles Times On This Young Adult Historical Fiction Best Seller:  "Magical.  Impressive."
Young Adult Romance Book Categories:
>  Young Adult Historical Fiction
>  Teen Romance Novel
>  Young Adult Books

About Vicky Alvear Shecter

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Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of "Alexander the Great Rocks the World", a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Published August 1, 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 371 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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From the little known about the lives of Cleopatra Selene and her two brothers, taken to Rome after the deaths of their parents to live in the emperor’s compound, Shecter has written an entertaining but ultimately thin first novel.

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Cleopatra Selene inherited all of the wealth and privilege one would expect the only daughter of Queen Cleopatra to have, but she also grew up with the shadow that being the daughter of such a powerful figure casts, which has left her somewhat lost in history for most.

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Book Reporter

Cleopatra Selene is the daughter of Cleopatra the Pharaoh, the heiress to the Kingdom of Egypt.

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Many know the story of Cleopatra, but few know of her daughter, Cleopatra Selene, whose wholly dark life is captured in Vicky Alvear Shecter’s Cleopatra’s Moon.

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City Book Review

Cleopatra’s Moon takes Cleopatra Selene’s story to the YA market and focuses on the historical story through Cleopatra Selene’s eyes as a child and teenager.

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Common Sense Media

Cleopatra Selene's mother, brothers, and close friend Juba are all positive role models in her life.

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Shelf Awareness

In this edition of Kids' Maximum Shelf--the monthly Shelf Awareness feature that focuses on an upcoming title that we love and believe will be a great handselling opportunity for booksellers everywhere--we present Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, which goes on sale on August 1, 2011.

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Shelf Awareness

Vicky Alvear Shecter plunges us into the captivating world of Cleopatra Selene, the only one of Queen Cleopatra's four children to survive into adulthood.

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WAPL Teens

In 30 BC, Julius Caesar's adopted son and heir, Octavianus, defeated Antony's armies and invaded Alexandria, capitol of Egypt and home to Cleopatra and her children - Caesarion, son of Julius Caesar, twins Cleopatra Selene and Alexandros Helios and their baby brother Ptolly, the children of Marc ...

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