Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.
The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?
5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book! I don’t know anything at all about Hindu mythology, so I learned a lot while reading this book. I’m glad that there is a glossary included in the back that gives detailed explanations of things as well because that really helped while I was reading.
I really enjoyed getting to know Aru’s character. She isn’t your typical main character/heroine. I also enjoyed getting to know her sister, Mini. Watching their friendship and sister bond grow throughout the book really warmed my heart. My other favorite character from this book was Boo! I’m looking forward to getting more of the three of them from the next book, which I will definitely be picking up soon!
I loved the humor in this book. I found myself laughing out loud so many times! While this book does have funny moments woven throughout, there are also more serious moments. This book tackles real issues like bullying, wanting to fit in when you feel like you don’t belong, feeling abandoned, and things like that.
I can see this becoming one of my favorite series’ because I already love these characters so much!