Aru Shah (12) lives with her mom in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture. Aru knows all about the different artifacts, and often gives tours to museum visitors. There is one artifact that Arus cannot touch: the diya of Bharata (cursed lamp of Bharata). When her classmates come to the musim during a school break, Aru decides to impress them and lights the lamp!
Instantly, time freezes for everyone but Aru, and the Sleeper, released from its slumber, is now threatening the safety of the world. Aru meets and talks with Subala, a pigeon who Aru calls "Boo," who explains that because she lit the diya, she is a Pandava. According to Hindu myth, the five Pandava brothers fought for their kingdom against their many cousins. Boo takes Aru to meet Mini, her soul sister and another Pandava. Together, the girls accept a quest to defeat the Sleeper and save the world. Along the way, they encounter mystical being of Hinduism. For example, they see the gods of the different seasons and they meet the Goddess Urvashi and God Hanuman.
Teen Student Reader (16):
I really enjoyed this book and love how the story was based on real hindu mythology. It is creative, well written, and brings to life the concepts I was taught when I was younger. This book is full of real stories from Hinduism and the stories are phrased in a way where anyone can understand, despite your previous knowledge of Hinduism.
It is really rare to find an American-Indian protagonist in American Literature, so that was also a really cool thing about the book. The book is also similarly written to the Percy Jackson series, so if you liked that series, you would probably enjoy this one as well!
A wonderful wholesome adventure that weave Hindu mythology and tradition into the story.
None. All the stories that are used from Hinduism are completely appropriate for the intended audience.
This is an adventure that while similar to other fantasies, introduces readers to cultural tradition not often scene in youth literature.
Readers can learn about Hinduism and different Indian myths. These concepts can be easily understood by everyone.
10 and Up
9 and Up
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 16
Buy. I think this book is great, and I would recommend everyone to buy it. It can be reread over and over again, and if some readers are interested, it can encourage readers to delve deeper into Hinduism and its concepts.