Continuing her winning strategy of combining history with fashion, Turetsky this time takes her 12-year old heroine to Cleopatra’s palace in ancient Egypt.
Louise, a dedicated follower of vintage fashion, thoroughly enjoys the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton film Cleopatra when her substitute history teacher screens it in class. She’s even more enthusiastic when she again visits Marla and Glenda’s latest Fashionista Sale and is transported back in time to the Cleopatra movie set. Louise revels in the beautiful costumes and in meeting Elizabeth Taylor herself, but then she makes a serious mistake. Putting on an Egyptian-style necklace, she suddenly travels even further back in time to ancient Egypt, from which she fears Marla and Glenda cannot rescue her. Worse, Louise soon realizes that any servant of Cleopatra’s lives in danger of death at any time. Her fortunes grow darker when she cannot find the necklace that will enable her to return to the movie set and eventually to the present. Will Louise have to live out her life in ancient Egypt? The author delivers another suspenseful and exciting plot that serves as an immersive history lesson for her young audience. She defies convention and depicts Cleopatra as she really was: Greek not Egyptian, and not terribly pretty, but highly intelligent and shrewd.
Suspense, history and fashion add up to plenty of fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)