Bound To Stay Bound

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 Game of stars (Kiranmala and the kingdom beyond)
 Author: DasGupta, Sayantani

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 358 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 258837 ISBN: 9781338185737
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Fantasy fiction
 East Indian Americans -- Fiction
 Princesses -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $21.58

Months after Kiranmala's adventure in the Kingdom Beyond, a vision of the Demon Queen starts showing up in her bedroom, trying to tell Kiran something, but getting cutoff before she can finish; then she starts seeing an advertisement for an archery contest on her family's interdimensional television and Kiran realizes that she must return to her place of birth--where society is falling apart, a reality show is taking over, her friends are in danger, and she, once again, becomes the warrior princess she was meant to be.

 Illustrator: To, Vivienne
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.80
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 500131
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 75855

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/18)
   School Library Journal (+) (12/01/18)
   Booklist (12/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2018 Gr 4–7—In this sequel to The Serpent's Secret, Princess Kiranmala is back, ready to face her nemesis, the Serpent King Sesha, who also happens to be her father. Kiran's friend, Prince Neel, has been kidnapped by Sesha's minions and is being held prisoner deep in an underwater prison; something weird is going on with Prince Lal. Worst of all, Sesha has engineered a game show ("Who Wants to Be a Demon Slayer?") to entice Kiran into his trap. His ultimate aim: to capture the two magical stones that will allow him to vanquish Kiran and achieve immortality. Luckily, there's an array of characters inspired by Bengali folklore, literature, and pop culture to help Kiran complete her quest. Rakkhosh demons on skateboards make an appearance and new figures such as Bangoma and Bangomee (giant pigeons with the heads of humans) are also enlisted to fight the bad guys. Character development is somewhat limited by the sheer number of chase scenes, monster fights, and near misses, but readers who enjoyed the first book will continue to root for Kiran as she finds her true self and stands up for what's right. VERDICT This action-packed sequel is a must-buy where the first book is popular.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/15/2018 Kiranmala has accepted the fact that she's a demon-slaying princess from the alternate dimension Kingdom Beyond, only it's been four months since she's heard from anyone there. She's going about her normal, New Jersey life when her old sort-of friend, the Demon Queen, appears in her dreams, speaking in strange riddles. Kiran doesn't think too much of it until she hears about a demon-slaying competition between the Kingdom Beyond and the Kingdom of Serpents. Behind it? That would be Kiran's birth father, the crafty, deadly Serpent King. Something's afoot, and it's time for Kiran to rejoin her friends—some of whom are in some seriously hot water—to battle monsters, trick ghosts, and solve puzzles, all while checking her own prejudices about what demons really are. In this second thrilling, action-packed series installment (The Serpent's Secret, 2018), DasGupta widens the scope of her magical world while further exploring Bengali myths and cultural traditions. Bold, sometimes rash Kiran is a delightfully complex heroine, and this is a wonderfully layered continuation of an exciting adventure. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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