Cleopatra's Moon

by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Arthur A. Levine Books
January 2013

Ages 14 – 18 . Grades 9 – 12

Lexile measure: HL730L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z



Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra & Mark Antony--the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, & when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.
Vicky Alvear Shecter

Vicky Alvear Shecter is the author of CLEOPATRA'S MOON, the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and three nonfiction books for young readers, most recently ANUBIS SPEAKS! A GUIDE TO THE AFTERLIFE BY THE EGYPTIAN GOD OF THE DEAD. A docent in the Ancient History department of the Carlos Museum of Art, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at @valvearshecter.


  • Praise for CLEOPATRA'S MOON

    An Entertainment Weekly "Must List" Pick

    “Absorbing … Cleopatra Selene becomes a woman with a tenacity and heart that would have made her famous mother proud.” – The Wall Street Journal

    “The novel's atmospheric setting and romantic intrigue are highly memorable.” – Publishers Weekly

    “A fascinating take on a neglected historical figure." – Booklist


--- - As the priests and priestesses chanted the final prayers, I wanted to jump and cheer and laugh. It was my family's proudest moment! I drank it all in–-the masses cheering - ! ' the white-robed Priests of Serapis chanting over bowls of smoky incense' - ! ' the long-haired Priestesses of Isis extending their thin arms to the sky' - ! ' the sweet fragrance of flowers as countless petals swirled around us, floating through the air like tiny perfumed birds. It was all so beautiful, almost magical. The Triumph of the Ptolemies! The greatest moment of our lives.

But the gods would not stand for us to have such happiness for long. And so began the slow, excrutiating process of our undoing.'
Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545221313

368pp. | 5-¼ x 8