The wonders of ancient Egypt continue to interest us today. Guest columnists from Maureen Hillis’ sixth grade class at Farley Elementary review historical fiction novels set in ancient Egypt.

“Cleopatra’s Moon” by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011, 368 pages.

The book “Cleopatra’s Moon” is about Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra VII. The plot focuses on her family and empire’s downfall. I liked the book for the most part. It got off to a slow start, but once you get to about page 50, it gets better. Even if you don’t like historical fiction, I would still recommend this book for you. I’d say it’s best for ages 12-14. By Ryann G.

“Eye of the Moon” by Dianne Hofmeyr, Aladdin, 2011, 336 pages.

The book is about an embalmer’s daughter, Isikara, who runs away with the supposed-to-be king, Tuthmosis, to try and save him from being murdered by the high priests. They get captured by Medjays and meet a girl. They go to war. Then they go back to Egypt. The book was hard to get started but got better the more you read it. By Karen N.

“Eye of the Sun” by Dianne Hofmeyr, Aladdin, 2011, 336 pages.

“Eye of the Sun”, a sequel to “Eye of the Moon”, is a very good book. It is about Timu, a girl who falls in love with a tomb robber who gets her into jail. Meanwhile, a power hungry queen gets jealous of the other queens. Isikara comes back with Tuthmosis. Worset wants them dead. Isikara, Timu, and Tuthmosis have to go. By Mariam A.

“Cleopatra Confesses” by Carolyn Meyer, Simon & Schuster, 2011, 304 pages.

“Cleopatra Confesses” is a good book. It takes a while to get into it, but after the beginning, there are lots of nail-biting moments. I would recommend this book for kids or adults 12 years old and up. Cleopatra is in line for the throne, and she is excited. However, she has very competitive sisters who would do anything to get the throne. The end of the book contains extra resources including a timeline, websites and a list of Egyptian gods and goddesses. By Chloe V. and Camber E.

A special thanks to the guest reviewers and their teacher. These thoughtful and honest reviews may inspire others to delve into these books which take readers back into history.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler