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Cleopatra Rules! book review
By ellen george
Last edited: Friday, July 23, 2010
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010

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Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Alvear Shecter, ISBN 978-1-59078-718-2, Boyds Mill Press, Review by ellen george


Do you want to walk like an Egyptian?

Well, you have to learn about a young Greek girl who ruled Egypt to do it right - and boy, did Vicky Alvear Shecter do Cleopatra proud!!!

I was studying to become a docent at the wonderful Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, and probably met Vicky. She is a docent there, and am sure she's very popular.

My writing path started and I postponed my docent duties, but when I finish my first novel THIRST (a shameless plug for my book) I will continue my docent journey.

As Ms. Shecter did with her Alexander the Great book, she takes the facts of historical figures' existences and spins it in a way you will want to run to the next page.

She is funny, factual, and wonderful and gives an exciting read as well as giving the reader a great history lesson.

For kids of all ages -

The Ptolemy family inherited Egypt in the big split after Alexander the Great died. They did as the pharoahs did, intermarried, keeping the bloodline of the Ptolemy family pure. Cleopatra VII was a good little Greek girl done good.
She loved her heritage, spoke Greek, but wanted to learn about the history of Egypt and was one of the few Ptolemy family to learn how to speak the native language and hieroglyphics of her people. She was a book nerd, like me!

How I longed since I was a child to have had the freedom to run through the Great Library of Alexandria!!!!! I wouldn't have come out - they would have to send me sandwiches and drinks!

And the 40 or so story Lighthouse of Alexandria that was one of the Ancient Wonders of the World! What an amazing time to live!

Ms. Shecter continues the amazing story of Cleopatra, her kith and kin and loves and children, and what happened after she died when she made an asp of herself.

This is history for kids of all ages. I LOVE this book!!!

There is only one tiny thing - and this is the copyeditor in me - across from the Table of Contents, the word 'review' is spelled 'reviwed the book of contents' for typos?? That was the only one I caught, but as writers, we all need to review the heck out of our work.

I cannot complain because I use spellcheck to check my emails!!

Well Done Vicky Schecter!

Cleopatra is doing a dance in the Underworld that you did her proud.

For all ages - more than a history book, funny, witty as well as informative.

As a proud Greek lady, I salute you - more history books please!!

ellen george

Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Alvear Shecter, ISBN: 978-1-59078-718-2, Boyds Mill Press, review by ellen george



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