Vicky Alvear Shecter has been fascinated by the ancient world since she was ten, when photographs of classical sculptures like the Spear Bearer and the Venus de Milo led her to wonder about the cultures that created such transcendent bueaty. She has written two nonfiction books for young readers: Alexander the Great Rocks the World, a VOYA Honor Pick for Nonfiction, and Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen. This is her first novel. Vicky lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.