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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
Cleopatra, Daughter of Nile / 0-590-81975-5

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
Maby Gonzalez
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
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
 1 Eliza B
This book was about Princess Cleopatra VII and was written in the form of what her diary might have been like/written. This book goes under the category of Historical Fiction because it did have true facts about her life and what happened in the past, but it was not really her diary and her thoughts coming from the diary. I really enjoyed how the way it was written showed how a princess that was undertaking these things would feel. Such as when they had gone to war against her own country and sh ...more
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
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
Antoine Bachmann
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 11, 2015 Natalie is currently reading it
I remember reading this as a little girl in elementary school. Me and my sister made it a goal to collect all the Royal Diaries books at one point. Let's see if they still hold up.
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
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
Ms Hansen
Each time I read this book I enjoy it more. The author is very descriptive and paints a vivid picture of each and every scene.
One of the very first books that a young me can remember reading about Cleopatra, and possibly one of the things that first sparked my interest in her and in Ancient Egypt to begin with. I still love re-reading it to this day, although admittedly it doesn't quite hold up as much now that I've read and researched a lot more about Cleopatra and her family. It's a good book to get kids interested in those things too, and I'd definitely recommend it. (And anyone who can sanitize all the murder and i ...more
Andie Z
Oh man, I was OBSESSED with this book when I was younger. I used to pretend I was Cleopatra all the time. Loved it.
This is a time in history I'm fond of researching, so I was extremely contented to see this today.
I think it is the first time in history I had ever researched on my own, that whole thing around Julius Caesar and the like.

I was a little sad this book wasn't the most erudite, not even really mentioning the economies of Egypt and Rome, but then again, I was looking around in the children's library, not exactly the university. I think this book had a list of works to consult if interested, though
I hate this book so much it doesn't even deserve a proper review.
The Dear America books were such a big part of my childhood, they were one of my preferred series. Reading it now as an adult it was still very nice. I finished it in a few days so it was quick, but it was a look into Cleopatra's life without having to read through a boring biography. I hate history, but I enjoyed this book so much and got a tiny lesson out of it and I'm eager to know more about Cleopatra. She was written so brave and ahead of her time, now to see if she was really like that. I ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 20, 2015 05:54PM  
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Kristiana Gregory grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the ocean. She's always loved to make up stories [ask her family!], telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed and shivering. Her first rejection letter at age ten was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operat ...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?"

I held up my hand to shield my eyes from the sun.

"Marc Antony," I said, "how does such a big man like you have such a little brain?”
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