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Cleopatra's Moon

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Exciting novel imagines the life of Cleopatra's daughter.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

This review is by my 12 year-old daughter:

"This book is great. It is the first book I've ever read in which I've cried. I like historical fiction like 'The Red-Headed Princess.' The characters are good. The message is that you cannot become someone you are not. And you have to choose between two loves. I would definitely recommend this book to girls my age and above."

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex
age 13+


This vivid, compelling historical fiction about fascinating characters should have terrific appeal to teen girl readers, and is enjoyable reading for adults too! The author did an outstanding job; I gather she's written non-fiction on this historical period and to solid knowledge of the era she has in this book also added great storytelling. I would caution that the first third of the book, set in Egypt, is one long drumbeat of impending and then arrived doom, including the death (by suicide) of both beloved parents, and other violence (see the CSM details). Although this violence is not gratuitous -- it's actually rather restrained and tasteful while still being true to the times and events -- I think it puts this book a bit beyond a more sensitive 12-year-old reader, so I'm marking this book as suitable for ages 13 and up. I'll comment that the book also does have some sexuality; I consider it appropriate for the story. The part set in Rome is fascinating in its depiction of life there: violence, deaths and treachery, as well as romance and culture.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3 ):

Author Vicky Alvear Schecter brings Cleopatra's daughter Cleopatra Selene to life in this truly engaging and exciting novel. The characters are well developed and Schecter is masterful at drawing a picture of ancient Egypt and Rome so detailed readers can almost feel the marble of Egypt underneath their feet and smell the harbor of Rome. The novel is perfectly paced and filled with action, romance, aching loss, and redemption. Teen and tween readers will find themselves completely captivated and feel their heart race alongside Cleopatra Selene's.

Parents may want to read CLEOPATRA'S MOON alongside their children, particularly younger ones, as it has many disturbing scenes and complicated topics. This is a great book for discussing women's roles in ancient times and today. This is one of those books that both adults and their kids will love.

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