Monday, October 17, 2011

Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter -ADVISABLE

Shecter, Vicky Alvear Cleopatra’s Moon, 368 pgs. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011. $11.86. (Language-G, Violence-PG13; Sexual Content-PG13. 0 Swear)
Cleopatra Selene, daughter of the famous Queen Cleoptra & Mark Antony, must face the world and carve out a place for herself. After her parents die, she is sent with her two brothers to live in the house of her ‘enemy’ Octavianus. While dealing with her grief, Cleopatra Selene tries to find the courage to take back her heritage, all while growing up in a dangerous situation.
As a Cleopatra junky, I had thought very little about what happened to her children after her death. This fictionalized version, which appears to closely follow what little is known about the children, allows for an amazing glimpse into history. The sights, smells, and feelings conveyed by the Selene, bring the reader front and center into her world. Students will relate to her coming of age, the magic of Egyptian religion, and appreciate having a historical figure brought to life in such a multifaceted way. There are some creative surprises that really make this a wonderful read -even for a history buff. For high school students only as Roman morals of the time period are discussed –but not in graphic detail (such as references to gay sex).
HS – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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