Cleopatra in SPACE- Book Review

Once upon a time there was a YA librarian who freaked out over a box of Scholastic galleys and stole a few before her supervisor could finish unpacking them. She then promptly ran over to the nearest chair and began pouring over the awesome, soon to be published titles with selfish glee. This may or may not have happened last week. There may have been squealing.. or not. You weren’t there.

So what was worth squealing over you may ask? Only the newest edition of Cleopatra in a Space and Star Wars Jedi Academy! Both are quite fantastic and I am so excited for our patrons to get their hands on them. Today I am going to review the second edition of “Cleopatra in Space” by Mike Maihack.

The Story:

Last year I was able to snag a galley of his first book and fell in love with the characters. Cleo is a spunky heroine who gets transported from ancient Egypt and flung far into the future. An ancient prophecy says that she is destined to save the galaxy from the evil Xaius Octavian. During the first story she proves herself by recovering an ancient sword with mysterious powers.

Cleopatra in Space #2: The Thief and the Sword

By: Mike Maihack

Publisher: Scholastic

Publishing Date: April 28th, 2015

Just when Cleo was getting the hang of school and being the savior of the galaxy, a mysterious thief steals the Sword of Kabechet. She is forbidden by her teachers to go after the thief for fear that her life will be forfeit. So, what is a teenage future Queen to do? Add a school dance, popularity, friendship challenges, and a scary twist to the already impossible prophecy, and you have the right mix for a great story.

I really enjoyed catching up with Cleo. There is lots of action, a fun new character, and a glimpse of the evil Xaius Octavian. More of the prophecy comes to light and Cleo is going to need all the help she can get from her friends and her teacher (who is also a cat). Plus, there is an epic cliff hanger at the end that made me want to read the third book right away. Seriously… when will it be out?

I am very impressed by this latest edition and I know my patrons will love it. I am bummed that the galley was not in full color because the artwork is awesome! Maihack is a talented writer and illustrator and has created a wonderful series for girls and boys. I can’t wait to get this at our library.

*Thanks to Scholastic for the review copy.



  1. D.e.e.L
  2. thejedilibrarian

    I have to read Cleopatra. Always been an Egyptian fan. Read the second Jedi Academy, but I liked the first one better.


    • MsVal313

      The third book makes up for what was lacking in the second. I thought the second Jedi Academy was a bit heavy handed with the bully stuff and there wasn’t as much humor. Third book sorts it all out.


      • thejedilibrarian

        Yes, it did have a little too much going on. I’m glad the third one is better, I can’t wait to read it now. When does it come out? I need to put in a purchase request soon and I want to put it on it.

        On another note, I found his Vader and son and Vader’s Little Princess really cheap at TJ Maxx and picked them up. It’s amazing what books you will find there!


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