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Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile - 57 B.C.

(The Royal Diaries)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  8,649 ratings  ·  457 reviews
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 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
Dec 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very nostalgic read, because I first read this whole series in elementary school, and plan to read all of the books again because I remember them as a cornerstone of my childhood.

Now, I may be biased because I obsess over anything and everything Cleopatra, but I think that this was a fresh, and wonderful take on Cleopatra before she was the last of the pharaohs. We see more of a family dynamic in this novel than ever, her sisters Arisone and Tryphaena are characters, and I have never
Omg. I've spent years trying to remember the title of this so I could track down a copy. Remember reading this when I was in Middle school(?) and loved it. I kept wondering what I did with my copy years later because the hardcover was beautiful and I loved it. And now that I think about it I'm pretty sure I lent it out to my cousin who never returned it. 😒😒😒
Vishnu Brahmandam
Earliest I remember loving historical fiction.
One of my favorite books on Cleopatra.
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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
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Antoine Bachmann
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Maby Gonzalez
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Alice Qu
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, Cleopatra was really in a lot of danger throughout her life apparently. I think from this book that she was probably a person of more character than what Hollywood has made her out to be. She was certainly far from perfect, but how could you be in the political landscape she was born into.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So good. Definitely my favorite Royal Diary.
Andie Z
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, I was OBSESSED with this book when I was younger. I used to pretend I was Cleopatra all the time. Loved it.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely obsessed with this book as a pre-teen so much so that I read it 4 times. So many good memories from this book! I definitely recommend this to parents for children 11+ years old.
Raegan   Ralls
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I hate this book so much it doesn't even deserve a proper review.
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
awsome book! but you have to read the epioluge
Ms Hansen
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
A word of caution: there is some graphic imagery in the book. Don't get me wrong; it's a good book, and I always enjoy these Royal Diaries, but the author put a little more violence and blood than I would have cared for. Just so everyone knows, the book was good. But I don't recommend this book for anyone who is sensitive to death and beheadings, because there is quite a bit of that.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Childhood memories. Thanks for nurturing my interest in Ancient Egypt.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first read this in middle school and it must've all went over my head because reading it now as an adult I really enjoyed it. It was interesting and held my attention I finished it in just a couple hours. I remember hating it as a kid. Maybe it's better appreciated by an older audience.
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Juliet Doubledee
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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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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