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Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)

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While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve- year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1999)
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Disclaimer: The last time I read this book was in middle school, so my review will be spotty and more nostalgic than any review should be. Oh well.

I avidly read the Royal Diaries series during my middle school years. Like most young girls, I was fascinated with princesses and--maybe not so much like most young girls--deeply interested in the power politics of royalty. Princesses, more often than not, tend to be the pawns of such political games, so it was always very thrilling to read a story in
Ana Mardoll
Feb 23, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it did not like it
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Good grief, I generally enjoy the Royal Diaries, but this one is just awful. I've read it twice now, thinking that perhaps the first time I was just being unfair, but I couldn't finish slogging through it the second time. I usually like Kristiana Gregory's work, but this one felt like either a very early work, or a very rushed effort, or both.

The history is terrible; the author has a cast of Roman and Greek "Who's Who" show up to introduce themselves t
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Vishnu Brahmandam
Earliest I remember loving historical fiction.
One of my favorite books on Cleopatra.
I am reading a book called Cleopatra VII a group from (The Royal Diaries). This book is by Kristina Gregory one of my most favorite authors. Thins book is mostly about the life of a princess called Cleopatra VII.She is nicknamed the daughter of the Nile. That's because she was born in Egypt very near to the Nile river. Cleopatra faces many danger, and some of her family betrays her, and her farther. Cleopatra is accompanied by her two faithful servants through out all the journey even through ha ...more
I really quite liked this one. A lot of the details are still confusing to me (I don't know much ancient history at all, and this is pre NT times) but this did help sort some of it out. What it didn't do was show a sufficient link between the young Cleopatra and her later self - the historical information at the back of the book says that Cleopatra killed her sister Arsinoe in order to secure her throne, and yet the young Cleopatra barely even wonders about such things. I mean, I know it's histo ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Ruqaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cleopatra VII Is about a girl who has attractive charm . Most of the scientists want to know how she can make two kings fall in love with her, and how she fought to be the queen in her country .
I liked this story, because you want to know what happens next . It will take you on her adventure.
Trying to remember the very first books I was introduced to, I remember reading The Royal Diaries sometime in my childhood. I remember reading a few of them such as Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, and Cleopatra VII. But unlike certain books that I read (such as Animorphs, Harry Potter, and Warriors.) where I remembered the characters, the story, and other things that I liked about them. The Royal Diarires on the other hand, I barely remember a thing about the books. But I really confused on to wh ...more
Maby Gonzalez
Aug 28, 2011 Maby Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cleopatra VII:Daughter of the nile,57 one of the best book i read in humanities with my teacher Ms.Zika and my classmates(:.This book was interesting and i liked!When i saw the book i was like omg(i don't like reading).But when we started reading the book i started liking it and it started to get interesting.I would read the book when i was bored and i usually don't do that but now im reading more and kinda liking to read.While i would read i would write notes(on sticky notes) on the ...more
Oct 19, 2010 Femmy rated it it was ok
The Royal Diaries is a series by Scholastic Canada, in which each book is a fictional diary of a royal queen or princess, covering only her early years because the series is geared towards children. I think it is an interesting concept. Children (and adult) readers would learn much about history through them, while being entertained along the way.

Unfortunately, though perhaps the concept in theory sounds good, the reality is a different story, at least in this one title that I've read. As a stor
Alice Qu
The book was interesting, but did not lead me on. Cleopatra's prayer has been heard by god, they are going back to Rome! Now Cleopatra can see Olympus again. She has met the person Marc Antony, they are both in love with each other, but just can't admit it. Although the book had a good ending for Cleopatra and her father, the king, nothing ended well for poor Berenice. When she and her father was back in town, Berenice was beheaded and brought to the kind and Cleopatra to prove it. There was the ...more
Alex Criddle
Jul 24, 2014 Alex Criddle rated it liked it
If I hadn't read an amazing Cleopatra biography by Stacy Schiff a couple of weeks ago, my rating would most likely be higher. It was, however, interesting reading an interpretation of a glimpse into Cleopatra's early life; but, I think that I had what Cleopatra was like in her later years ingrained in my mind, which is not a terrible thing, because I think that Gregory did an adequate job displaying some of Cleopatra's later character traits. However, I think that because a lot of this novel was ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 03, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most everyone is familiar with the story of what happens to Cleopatra eventually, but this novel tries to come up with what her life might have been like when she was only twelve years old.

The story starts right off with some of the troublesome intrigue that Cleopatra, young as she is, has to worry about, revolving around her father who is hiding and various others who either want to kill him, her, both, or someone else. Eventually a plan is drawn for her and her father to go to Rome to get hel
Antoine Bachmann
Oct 05, 2015 Antoine Bachmann rated it did not like it
WARNING: spoilers!

This book is truly BAD, sorry.

First, the story has too many holes. Sure it is based on historical fact, namely the exile of king Ptolemy, his daughter Berenice taking over the title, and his return with Roman troops and subsequent execution of the usurper. But as for the rest, and as another reviewer has written, it is just impossible that a young Cleopatra would have happened to meet all the significant people of the time.

Second, the author takes a huge liberty with either fac
James Riesch
Apr 28, 2015 James Riesch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with talking about who Cleopatra is and that her father, King Ptolemy Auletes, has gone into hiding because he is in danger of being removed of his throne. It then gradually introduces the family like Cleopatra's sisters and younger siblings. Then, Cleopatra is ran out of Alexandria in fear of being killed by her evil older sister, Tryphaena. She flees with her father to Rome where she meets Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and others. When they flee, Tryphaena becomes qu ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool book
Dec 04, 2014 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book the Royal Diaries, Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile was a superior book. The book was about Cleopatra VII.The Royal Diaries is a series of twenty books published by Scholastic Press from 1999 to 2005. All of her dairies, memories, and important dates are put into this book. Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day. Is in the first person, so you can see, feel and understand what Cleopatra was going through. ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
The Royal Diaries series is a great one for young girls to learn about the lives of famous women. And no woman is more famous than Cleopatra VII, who has become a cultural phenomenon. So who was she? What was she like as a child? Kristiana Gregory tries to answer that question by writing a diary from Cleopatra’s own point of view.

What I like about Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile is that it doesn’t feel like you’re reading a diary. It feels like you’re seeing the events happen in real time as
Tendril Zam
Mar 24, 2015 Tendril Zam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story or the journal of the queen of nile was a nice one. Cleopatra is only 12 and she has to fear for her life and and her fathers, The king in hiding, while her evil sister traphaney is acting to be queen. For her father to return to the throne he is thinking of taking the help of the romans. Cleopatra fears that the romans will end up taking there city of Alexandria itself. They however make there journey to rome and over there cleopatra is yet again filled with fear for her life as her f ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Georgia rated it it was amazing
The World-Famous Cleopatra VII's,The Last Pharaoh of Egypt, life has been wrought with court intrigue from an early age. In Kristiana Gregory's unforgettable adaption of Cleopatra's early days we are taken back to the year 57 BC where Cleopatra's father has gone into hiding after several assassination attempts. In his absence, her ambitious older sister, Tyrephena, has claimed the throne. This new reality puts Cleopatra in a perilous position where no one but a few close friends can be trusted. ...more
I probably would've loved this if I'd read it when I was younger! Okay, mainly because Cleopatra has a pet leopard. (Who wouldn't want a pet leopard?) But also because the narration is cute and Cleopatra is pretty sassy when she's not making majestic proclamations about how she would be a much better ruler than her father/sisters/just about anyone.

I've gathered together the recent letters I have written to Olympus and Theophilus. (Nothing for Berenice -- what would I say? Have you strangled anot
I can't describe how much this book meant to me as a teenager. This book, plus the LOTR craze at the time, launched me right into my love for writing and reading. I was hopelessly drawn to this princess who lives in the desert by the water. Learning to be a ruler is in her own hands, since she can't trust the people who are closest to her. Most girls grow up with the idea that being a princess is wonderful. The Royal Diaries books are successful because they include the secrets and danger royal ...more
Oct 03, 2015 705Kai rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book, Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, by Kristiana Gregory was a book where I was left feeling unsatisfied. Though some finer points in the story were those that I truly did enjoy, I felt like the story left off with a unclear ending, and because of this, I was unsure of the previous parts of the story which led up to the ending. In addition, I felt like some things were repeated in the story, and because of this I felt like the plot was not progressing. Despite this, Cleopatra VII did ...more
Caitlin Lichtenberg
Cleopatra's childhood is illustrated in such an interesting and real way in this novel. Ancient Egypt is so fascinating and mysterious, and this book tries to describe what it would be like to hear from Cleopatra herself. I'm sure no other young adult novel attempts to speak from Cleopatra's perspective! In her personal journal, Cleopatra explains her life and her struggles being an Egyptian princess. Her father, the king, is a useless drunk that makes himself a fool in front of others, but coul ...more
Young Adult Historical Vault
The second-ever Royal Diaries book does a great job of introducing younger readers to the story of Cleopatra, but I feel that it toned down a lot of the drama that makes the story so fascinating. Not a problem at all, given the target age group, but I would have really loved to see a more in-depth and detailed look at how Cleopatra struggled with taking on such a burden of royal duties at such a young age and how ineffectual her father was at ruling. The writing is great, as usual, and the story ...more
Melissa Valdez
Feb 18, 2016 Melissa Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daughter of the Nile was a satisfactory book. While at times it was a tad bit difficult to keep up with, the way it was written and the portrayal of the characters was very well done. It never failed to draw me into its world every time I'd begin reading. It certainly taught me a bit about what those times MAY have been like, and sure did have me on my toes wondering what would happen next, raising a fist to cheer on our young protagonist, or laughing at the antics of Cleopatra. If you're up for ...more
May 29, 2014 Drucilla rated it liked it
Shelves: royal-diaries
This was the first Royal Diaries book I ever read and it's how the series got its hooks into me, even though I realized during this reread that this is probably one of the most fictionalized Royal Diaries books. Also realized on this reread, we tend to think of Cleopatra in the same era as the pyramids and Pharaoh's as living gods, but that time had passed. Egypt had been conquered by Alexander the Great centuries before Cleopatra was born and so had a decidedly Greek influence. I wish we had mo ...more
Jenny Mock
Aug 05, 2016 Jenny Mock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to read this for several years in order to determine if it was worth book talking to my middle grade readers. My younger readers may have trouble with the story due to the large number of characters and the rapid pace of the story. My advanced and older students who enjoy adventurous, historical fiction and/or the diary format will enjoy this novel. It'll definitely increase their background knowledge of this time period, but stress that they read the historical notes at the en ...more
Charlotte Zander
Jan 08, 2016 Charlotte Zander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting and cool because it showed what life was like in Rome. It was really cool to read this book especially because we were learning all about the Roman empire and Cleopatras role in it during history class at school! I could totally make connections with what we were learning in history and what I was reading in this book. This book was very detailed and sounded exactly as the real Cleopatra would've sounded if she was still alive. The author did a very good job making ...more
Cleopatra wanted to be queen but the people revolted against her father's poor leadership and he had to go out of Egypt for his safety. So Tryphaena, Cleopatra's oldest sister, became queen and not a very nice one, finding Cleopatra a threat and scheming to endanger or kill her. Then Cleopatra joined her father in Rome for two years to befriend Rome (including the current Roman emperor Julius Caesar) and pay them to bring back King Ptolemy XII (Cleopatra's father) and Cleopatra back to Egypt saf ...more
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“Princess," he said, spreading his arms in a shrug, "how does such a little thing like you get such a big temper?"

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