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?
This book was a fun read. I do read middle grade books once in a while. They are fast pace and full of action. Love the storyline and how all the characters come together in the end.
I enjoy Aru so much in the book. She gets bully and lies to fit in. You know how school it like. Fitting in will cost her the end of the world. Enjoyed she wearing an spiderman pjs trying to save it. Will she be able to fix her mistakes before it’s to late?
It’s a fun and a fast pace read. Young adult and middle readers will love this book. I’m looking forward to book two. Lots has happens and tons of secret stuff going on.
Ready to save the world?