This sprightly young adult book is written to attract Shecters intended audience. Its strengths are its gossipy contemporary language mixed with information intended to correct the past portrayal of Cleopatra as a sultry temptress. Cleverly illustrated side bars also provide straight forward facts about her life and times. Shecters Chapter Endnotes, Timeline, Glossary, and Bibliography of both primary and secondary sources are particularly helpful.
Cleopatra: The Life and Death of a Pharaoh
This is an equally appealing source for older students. Richly illustrated, the small biography includes a section called Documents, comprising of bits from works which helped create the myths rather than historical truths about the queen. It also includes a chronology and books for further reading.