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

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Established "Dear America" author Kristiana Gregory kicks off "The Royal Diaries" with the captivating story of a young Cleopatra's life.

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.
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Published June 2006 by Tantor Media (first published September 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
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
The Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, 57 B.C is one of my favorite books that i have read in school. It was given to me by 1 of my favorite teacher Ms.Zika, in class. A group of students in my class of girls and i read this book. At first i thought this book was gonna be boring because i really don't like reading that much. Later on i started to read it and it was getting intersting.

This book is about a 12 year old name Cleopatra from Eygpt. She lived with her dad and her sister's. The older
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
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
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
i have a large love for history so when i can upon this collection i could past it up! Cleopatra's life wasn't that of a normal princess, as i had thought, but full of danger and death. when i read about her pet leoprd i asked for one, though i was declined.
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
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
I would have actually rated this 4.5 stars. It was only slightly short of perfect (not compared to other novels). I believe this is most targeted towards middle age readers, but though I am more a fan of the YA genre, I still managed to enjoy it. When it comes to the history documented, it was quite educational and enticing. I've always been interested in history and mythology (especially Greek and Egyptian) so this book added to some of the knowledge I've already learned. This is a really great ...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.
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.
Raegan   Ralls
I hate this book so much it doesn't even deserve a proper review.
Sidney Leigh
After reading I understood many things I did not know about.
This book was about a young princess named Cleopatra and she has a very rough family to live with. Her father drinks to much and her older sisters really want to rule Egypt instead of him.
Yes, it is a good book because it was a diary (which I enjoy) and it also gave me images so I could picture in my head what the scenes were.
I would read these books again if I could but I have already read the ones in my library at school ( that I saw
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
awsome book! but you have to read the epioluge
This was a marvelous novel of pure excellence. The diary concept was very interesting and made you interact with the main character more, but it was even more fascinating because Cleopatra herself was a queen of Egypt and a real person that I've always admired. The thing that made it a fun nonfictional read was that Cleopatra was about 12 in this book and it was also made very relatable because of this.One thing that I did not like, however, was that the author didn't make me know the other char ...more
Karely Meneses
I think these book is fine for people who like history for example the history for rome and egipt how in those ancient times it was. The best that i lke from these book is that is like a dairy from Clepotra who she named her the douther of the Nile. Cleopatra is was the thirf douther of the king Polomelyn IV he was one of the richest kind of ancient Egipt. But cleopatra and his father got excilet from Egipt because, her biger sister wants to be queen of Egitp. The yeards past and Cleoptra and h ...more
Megan Marie
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I read this book when I was in elementary school and subsequently fell in love with Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt. I was already fascinated with ancient history and Greek and Egyptian mythology- this just deepened my desire to learn more about the period.
This story follows the tale of Cleopatra in her early years, from 12 to 14. She is a young girl growing up in a dangerous time and place. Her father's rule is starting to crumble, and the Ptolemaic rule is coming to its eventual decline. It's int
Juliet Doubledee
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Jennifer Posada
I think this book was a good book.How is the life of Cleopatra and how she had problems and how she trys to resolve them.She was an intellegent women,thats what i liked it more about her.But sometimes she let me down in how she did stuff that wasnt the correct way to do.Cleopatra was like the one to be the cinderella and her sister was her step sister that wanted what Cleopatra had.Cleopatra was gonna be the one to get the throne but trypheana wanted it.
So after she passed by my age she had a
The year is 57 B.C., and 12-year-old Cleopatra, Princess of the Nile, has a lot on her mind. Her father, the Pharaoh of Egypt, nearly died when a venomous adder meant for him attacked and killed his favorite servant. Now the Pharaoh has gone into hiding, hunted by his enemies, and the young princess has to keep her head -- literally -- as her power-hungry older sister Tryphaena threatens to grab her father's throne.

In an elegantly written royal diary, Cleopatra VII has recorded every rich detail
Jenna Leigh
I bought this book at a point in time when I was rather obsessed with Cleopatra. Although she was quite an awful person, there was something alluring about her incredible love of learning, and her mysterious, powerful nature.

This book takes quite a bit of artistic license with her story. I really thought it was interesting to read. A few things for parents: This could be because I was a rather naive and innocent young reader, but I thought at the time that some of it was pretty intense for a you
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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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