Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen

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Good. Evil. Dangerous. Glamorous. Will the real Cleopatra please stand up? Almost everything we know about the last queen of Egypt came from her enemies the Romans. Now it's time to meet the ''real'' Cleopatra, a ruler more complex, brilliant, and powerful than we ever knew. Cleopatra didn't just rock the boat when she became queen at seventeen. She rocked the world with brilliant alliances that kept her in power and in control. When Mark Antony tried to put Egypt under his thumb, she negotiated for - and won - more territory than any Egyptian ruler had snagged in generations. Cleopatra didn't just play by the rules. She made them up as she went along. She bowed to no one, including Octavian the future Caesar Augustus who never missed an opportunity to pump out anti-Cleopatra propaganda. The queen of Egypt has fascinated the world for thousands of years. It's time to find out why. So, on your knees, commoner! The world's most brilliant and outrageous queen - Cleopatra VII, the last Pharaoh of Egypt - is about to make her entrance. Includes maps, endnotes, timeline, glossary, sources, and index.

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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.

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The author of Alexander the Great Rocks the World (2006) offers a lively, informative and aggressively informal portrait of Egypt's last and most famous pharaoh...Young readers are likely...to appreciate the irreverent approach and goofy puns. Attractively designed, the book is abundantly illustrated throughout with color representations of art works, maps and photographs of artifacts. (source notes, chronology, glossary, bibliography, index) --Kirkus Reviews

Appealing graphics will make this book an enjoyable selection for a wide range of student readers. Full of facts and myths, color photographs of historical objects and portraits relating to the life of Cleopatra, as well as maps of the Nile region, this title will appeal to all readers, especially visual learners. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Index. --Library Media Connection

Cleopatra, hmmm. She's the one everybody recognizes and few know much about. Shecter debunks the common fund of shallow and misguided information with a humorous, teen-chatty biography that puts the young Egyptian pharaoh's sexpot image into fresh perspective. This Cleopatra is an able monarch committed to regaining lost territory and restoring her nation to its earlier Ptolemaic glory. To accomplish this end, she must keep both the Romans and her own predatory relatives at bay, and given the state of political affairs in the first century BCE Mediterranean region, her success at statesmanship and survival is remarkable. The text flows more like a gossipy blog than a stilted history lesson ("The Romans frothed at the mouth. How dare a Roman leader [Antony] give away Roman territory to a foreign ruler - let alone a woman?! And how could he agree to a marriage ceremony? Hello, wasn't he already married to the lovely Octavia?")...this treatment guides readers to consider the value and biases of old-school sources on Cleopatra's life and to rethink her image from non-Roman viewpoints e.g., early Islamic writings and current archaeological scholarship. Even the extensive annotated notes make provocative reading, and students on a research track will find a wealth of solid information and reference leads tucked behind Shecter's literary showmanship. Captioned color photographs demonstrate the mutable portrayal of the pharaoh over time. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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