Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra's Moon

By Vicky Alvear Shecter

Scholastic, Paperback, 9780545221313, 355pp.

Publication Date: January 2013


The extraordinary story of Cleopatra's only daughter -- now in paperback!

Cleopatra Selene is the only daughter of the brilliant Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and General Marcus Antonius of Rome. She's grown up with jewels on her arms, servants at her feet, and all the pleasures of a palace at her command, and she wants only to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a great and powerful queen.

Then the Roman ruler Octavianus, who has always wanted Egypt's wealth, launches a war that destroys all Selene has ever known. Taken to live in Octavianus's palace in Rome, she vows to defeat him and reclaim her kingdom at all costs. Yet even as she gathers support for her return, Selene finds herself torn between two young men and two different paths to power. Will love distract her from her goal-or help her achieve her true destiny?

Epic in scope and ravishing in detail, this novel reveals the incredible life of a girl long hidden in history: the remarkable Cleopatra Selene.

About the Author
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of three nonfiction books for young readers, most recently Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead, and a young-adult novel, Cleopatra s Moon. Please visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at @valvearshecter.

Praise For Cleopatra's Moon


An Entertainment Weekly "Must List" Pick

Absorbing Cleopatra Selene becomes a woman with a tenacity and heart that would have made her famous mother proud.” The Wall Street Journal

The novel's atmospheric setting and romantic intrigue are highly memorable.” Publishers Weekly

A fascinating take on a neglected historical figure." Booklist