The (Mostly) True Story of Cleopatra's Needle (Hardcover)

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From the author of the My Weird School books, an adventure story that spans centuries and continents.

In Central Park, New York, stands Cleopatra’s Needle. But what do you know about? Did you know that thousands of people worked in 1461 BCE to build it? Then hundreds more moved it, and erected it in Alexandria, where it stood for 3,000 years? So how did a monolith weighing over 200 tons get moved all the way to New York City—and in the 19th Century, no less? 

In this historical fiction account by bestselling author Dan Gutman, five kids who watched the Needle at each phase of its history recount the daring story of how something that seemed to be impossible –and that nearly ended in disaster—finally succeeded against all odds. 

Including photos, diagrams, and illustrations, this book will leave history lovers and fans of problem solving astounded at all that was accomplished. And best of all, it will leave middle grade readers feeling they’ve just watched a really good movie—they’ll hardly even realize they were reading.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author

Dan Gutman grew up in New Jersey loving sports, which inspired him as an adult to write his baseball card book series, that begins with Honus & Me, which was nominated for eleven state awards and adapted for television. Other titles of his include the My Weird School series, The Homework Machine, The Genius Files series, The Kid Who Ran for President, and Holiday House’s own Houdini and Me. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Praise For…

"A long-needed introduction to the city’s oldest outdoor monument."—Booklist

"Vividly and accessibly resuscitates an ancient monument’s forgotten history."Kirkus Reviews

"[A] delightfully fact-ional blend of history and adventure."—Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780823454846
ISBN-10: 0823454843
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English