Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike MaihackCleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice

byMike Maihack

Paperback | April 29, 2014

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A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring fifteen-year-old Cleopatra - yes, THAT Cleopatra - who's transported to the future and learns it's up to her to save the galaxy!

When fifteen-year-old Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian.

She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo's style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she's going to get her homework done, make friends, avoid detention, and everything else that comes with being the future queen of the universe!

MIKE MAIHACK is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, and Cleopatra in Space is his first graphic novel. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family. Visit him online at
Title:Cleopatra in Space #1: Target PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.05 × 6.04 × 0.44 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545528437

ISBN - 13:9780545528436

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Totally loved this. Not always, but most of the time Scholastic's GRAPHIX imprint, brings out great juvenile graphic novels and this was no exception. An exciting and fun tale of the real Queen Cleopatra as a teenager. (pre-Pharaoh-hood) She is zapped into the future as a prophecy to save an Egyptian-like planet from a galactic tyrant. Cleo is a fun, take life-by-the-reigns character and so far outshines her supporting side-kick friends. The book uses the device of starting with the climax at a crucial point, then going back to the beginning to tell the story of how the characters got there and what happens next. I enjoy this device when done right, and here it keeps the action moving along at a quick pace as the reader sees the events unroll which lead up to this exciting moment. This volume ends on a final note, having completed the plot presented which I enjoyed as I like series books to be able to stand up on their own. However it ends with the promise of more to come and on the final page Book 2 is advertised for release in Apr of 2015. Great fun!
Date published: 2014-10-13

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice:"Cleo is a fun, fearless heroine - I'd love to explore the galaxy with her!" -Raina Telgemeier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Smile and Drama"Maihack's debut graphic novel sets the stage for what looks to be a series of Star Trek-style space adventures punctuated with far-future high school drama. Cleopatra smoothly slips into the role of confident, wisecracking, baddie-dispatching hero." -Publishers Weekly"Cleo's mentor, a historian cat, is one of the best sidekicks around, and the imaginative content . . . and flow of Maihack's panels is a delight, with its exciting layout of a futuristic Egypt complete with cool pyramid skyscrapers." -Booklist"Cleo's novel surroundings - which include talking cats, ray guns and even a flying sphinx - feel fresh and immediate." -Kirkus"The origin narrative slows some of the action, but readers will still eagerly anticipate book two of this promising series." -Booklist"The cinematic paneling during action sequences skillfully conveys Cleo's vivacity and flair. Moreover, Cleo's novel surroundings-which include talking cats, ray guns and even a flying sphinx-feel fresh and immediate to readers thanks to Maihack's character designs and backgrounds, which manage to be winsome without being cloying." -Kirkus"Cleopatra smoothly slips into the role of confident, wisecracking, baddie-dispatching hero, and the supporting cast falls neatly into place as well." -Publishers Weekly