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Target Practice

(Cleopatra in Space #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  7,288 ratings  ·  547 reviews
A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring a young Cleopatra -- yes, THAT Cleopatra -- who's transported to the future and learns it's up to her to save the galaxy!

When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the ty
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Graphix
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I thought this book was a whole lot of fun and I can see young readers really enjoying the character of Cleopatra. It's the Cleopatra from history, only this one has been transported thousands of years into the future among aliens. It is very Sci-Fy for the middle grade set.

Cleo doesn't like school or Math. She seems to always get stuck in school. She has amazing aim though. This series goes on and if there is time, I would like to continue on with it. The future is an interesting place and the
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Sometimes the teacher in me comes out while I am reading. Can't help it! Where I can appreciate the beautifully illustrated graphic novel and the sense of fun and adventure in the story and the knowledge that this will appeal to the same audience that likes Amulet, Zita, or even Babymouse and Lunch Lady, I have a few issues. I am not sure why the issues in this book bothered me more than it does in other books (possibly the shorter format of a graphic novel vs. something like a novel)?


This starts out all Indiana Jones (and goes back to Indiana Jones a couple of times) then jumps back to Ancient Egypt then forwards to Ender's Game while maybe being a bit like The Search for WondLa and it all centers on Cleopatra VII, fifteen-year-old prophesized savior of the galaxy.
And why is the galaxy in trouble this time?
Because the Xerx have captured and locked all the electronic data in existence. They have all the information and economies are collapsing, entire worlds have los
Robert Greenberger
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The allure of Cleopatra VII has endured over the millennia and continues to be a source of fascination for people young and old. As a result, she is an easy subject to inject into novels, plays, and unfortunately, this graphic novel. What could have been a fun, interesting, character-driven fish out of water story became a by-the-numbers young adult graphic novel that bears no resemblance to the source.

Mike Maihack is a talent and clever storyteller and the art and color make the book a fun, if
Dave Schaafsma
This is the first in a series by Scholastic, so this will be marketed mightily. Maihack creates one of the several emerging strong girl characters, Cleopatra VII, in what is essentially a sci-fi adventure. So far. There doesn't seem to be much reason to call a hip modern girl butt-kicker Cleopatra, but maybe some historical connection will emerge in the coming issues? Developed from a webcomic. I liked it. Women and girls I know seem to like it even more, which is good, because they are the targ ...more
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I loved this book. Cleopatra is transported from Egypt to the future and to the planet Mayet. There she is recognized as the savior, there to defeat the evil dictator whose is conquering civilizations. But even in the future, Cleo has to go to school and deal with friendship issues.
The artwork is beautiful, and the cinematic flair brings the action to life. Cleo is a strong, fearless heroine that girls can look up to. 
If you are interested in Egypt at all, this is the book
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I tried to read this in webcomic form and couldn't really get into it, but this was really great! I love Cleo, and her side characters, and the terrible and wonderful cats a LOT. I'm intrigued by the child Pharaoh, and I really want to know if Cleo gets home ever??! ...more
Jenna Friebel
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Give this to fans of Zita and Amulet.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super cute concept. History in space is a plot that I am a sucker for. Iv'e been trying to branch out in my genres, formats, and levels and this hit all my boxes! This graphic novel has a young Cleopatra accidentally time travel to the very far future (IN SPACE) where she is the savior of the universe from a prophecy foretold. I am totally here for it! Check it out! ...more
Space saga geeks and Indiana Jones adventure fans will dig the familiar rush Cleopatra will provide, but that does not mean Maihack makes this series a predictable one.

Newly-turned-15 and sucked through space and time, Cleopatra offers a lot of kick-ass action and snark. She also sulks. I mentioned she’s 15. As for Target Practice (book one), it is not as predictable as I’d anticipated plot-wise, which is nice. Really what Maihack is doing is developing consistent characters with a lot of potent
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this. Not always, but most of the time Scholastic's GRAPHIX imprint, brings out great juvenile graphic novels and this was no exception. An exciting and fun tale of the real Queen Cleopatra as a teenager. (pre-Pharaoh-hood) She is zapped into the future as a prophecy to save an Egyptian-like planet from a galactic tyrant. Cleo is a fun, take life-by-the-reigns character and so far outshines her supporting side-kick friends. The book uses the device of starting with the climax at a ...more
I've been trying to read more of the books that the kids love reading. It's always good when the teacher can discuss their favorite books with them.

Cleopatra is one of those favorite books.

It's a pretty fantastic story. Cleopatra, or Cleo as she likes to be called is all bored being a princess of Egypt. She goes exploring and finds herself 1000s of years in the future in space! She's supposed to be a prophesied heroine that comes to save the day. But alas, she still has to go to school.

a copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This was good. Not spectacular, but I liked the idea. Cleopatra, at 15 years old is flung from Egypt into the future. She's thrust into Yasiro Academy and seems very un-agitated by the thrust from time and space in a different world where she's supposed to be a hero/ prophetic godsend. That was probably what bothered me the most. It also bothered me that she is supposed to be 15; yet she is drawn to look lik
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Passionately admired by my four-year-old (we spend a lot of time playing Cleopatra these days, and have much discussion of cats as teachers at school), this is a great story of a young troublemaking future-queen transported through time to save civilization...but first she has to go to school. Lovely ideas of the Future Inspired By Ancient Egyptian Culture, lots of action sequences, and a very nifty set of characters to love. Maihack is quite a nifty guy and these are worth paying for since othe ...more
Mary Ann
Kids are loving this a fun mash-up between ancient Egypt and outer space, featuring a young Cleopatra who’s more interested in combat training than algebra lessons. Cleo is zapped into the future by a mysterious tablet and learns that an ancient prophecy declares that she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. Maihack draws in kids with his colorful artwork, charming heroine and plenty of action.
A bit scattered and cheerfully unbelievable. Cleo, whisked away through space and time from ancient Egypt to a far flung future where she is expected to be some sort of "savior," is immediately and completely comfortable and at home. She's never seen computers or technology, yet doesn't even blink at the futuristic city, and is a natural when using her new ray gun for target practice. ...more
Madeleine Gamboa
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this book is a really good this type of book is a comic book and a girl named Cleopatra and she goes to a school and the people their is going to teach her how to fight and kill creatures like a in a mission.She has a friend when she goes to the school.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A joyful and fun action/adventure. A young, just turned 15 Cleo is transported to the future and brought into a Starfleet-like Academy. Also, talking cats. Wonderfully imaginative with bright colourful art and kinetic action chreography. I'm hooked. ...more
Eh. Cheesy. I don't love the girls wearing pink flippy miniskirts with knee-high boots while the boys wear long pants and jackets, either. Come on. ...more
Galilea Estrada
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because its a comic book and it explains of Ancient Egypt and how she went to the future and her missing her dad and the beutiful colors.
Cute, too bad the cover is whitewashed.
Such a funny read. I kind of love Cleo.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
How can anyone resist picking up a graphic novel called "Cleopatra in Space"? This is such a great concept for a middle grade graphic novel. I mean, there are futuristic space cats! What more could you want?

The first thing you notice about this book is how amazing the visual design is. The style fits the tone of the story and the vivid colouring brings everything to life. It's incredibly polished and I have a serious case of art envy. I would give the art five stars alone.

The content of the gr
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books

Cleopatra in Space puts THAT Cleopatra . . . in space. Suspend disbelief -- for instance, don't ask how a 15-year-old cheerfully adapts so quickly to the future -- and this is an adorable graphic novel filled with fun futuristic hijinks.

I don't think the heroine necessarily needed to be Cleopatra, because aside from the name (which is shortened to Cleo most of the time anyway), there's not much that's authentically "Cleopatra" about her, but it's a fun idea. There are talking cats and
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I said I loved the artwork style and the palette choices. They really keep the attention and are wonderful on the eyes. I like the idea of a young Cleopatra time traveling and being a little badass. It looks like this story has to be stretched across several volumes and really that's fine. It lets readers get to know this vision of a young Cleo and develop the others. There's a nice pace and even the "slow" parts were pleasant. I hope I can track down the other books, Cleopatra in Space would ...more
I have been in Zita the Spacegirl withdrawal since that trilogy ended last year. But this is the perfect graphic novel for fans of that series! I mean, SERIOUSLY! Ancient Egypt + Time Travel + Space Wars = AN AWESOME TIME! This story is filled with FUN for every reader! ...more
Valeria Ambriz
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book and how it is difficult to move to a different world which is in the future and to leave on the day of your birthday to a different world that you do not know and how you have to do other things that you have never known and have to learn how to them and to go to an adventure in the end and to fight so you can be a savian having fun and liking your new world and your friends make you a birthday party.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was pretty cool. It was fun to read, and the pace was rather like how it should be in this sort of situation; sometimes ridiculously fast, sometimes incredibly slow. There was a lot flying at Cleo in this book, but she handled it pretty well. I really liked it. I'd recommend it for the age range of 8-10. ...more
Colona Public Library
This is about Cleopatra in space meets cute Indiana Jones type action adventure. There is a bit of action in it that's kinda fun but the character is lacking in development and I wish there was some more appreciation about learning. ~Ashley

UPDATE! I've read up to book #3 and it gets pretty amazing. I recommend you keep reading and get to book #3
Idrishia Curnal
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is great because it inspire's people to be their selves. I also think this book is cool because it has a lot of action and a little bit of drama.Lastly I really like this book because it help's me laugh when I need it and I like when it does that. ...more
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MIKE MAIHACK is the creator of the Cleopatra in Space graphic novels published by Scholastic/Graphix. The series has earned him a Florida Book Award, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection, a starred review from School Library Journal, and a wealth of sharable knowledge about sequential storytelling. Mike lives in Lutz, Florida, and his work can be found online at www.mikem ...more

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