|Serpent's secret (Kiranmala and the kingdom beyond)|
Author: DasGupta, Sayantani
[Book 1] Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes--and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 193776
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 73315
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/17)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 Gr 5–7—On her 12th birthday, Kiranmala gets a lot more than she expected: a rakkhosh (an Indian demon) roars onto her home, wanting to eat her; even more surprising, a set of handsome princes arrive to help her escape. Thus begins Kiran's adventures in the Kingdom Beyond, an alternate dimension where her parents are being held captive and will end up as a meal for a baby rakkhosh unless Kiran and her friends can solve the riddles, complete their journey, and rescue her parents. Debut author Dasgupta includes many references to Bengali folktales, with asides that playfully detour the narrative for a few pages while someone's mustache is stolen or a famous nursery rhyme is quoted. The subplots are interesting and the overall story will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan and those who like their adventures fast and furious. The strong female protagonist and the integration of generally under-explored Indian mythology make this a compelling choice for most libraries. VERDICT Purchase for upper elementary and middle school libraries where Percy Jackson still rules.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.