Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
“Kiran's 12th birthday is not going well. Her parents have disappeared, there's a rakkhosh demon in the house, and two handsome princes seem to think she's a princess. What follows is a daring adventure through Bengali myths and legends, with a little bit of string theory thrown in for good measure. Action, adventure, comedy demons, embarrassing parents, and a talking winged horse are just some of the highlights of The Serpent's Secret. This book is a lot of fun and a real page-turner.”
— Clare Doornbos, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMON SLAYER
(Only she doesn't know it yet.)
On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey . . . until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents' fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.
To complicate matters, two crush-worthy princes ring her doorbell, insisting they've come to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it . . .
About the Author
Sayantani DasGupta grew up hearing stories about brave princesses, bloodthirsty rakkhosh and flying pakkhiraj horses. She is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. When she’s not writing or reading, Sayantani spends time watching cooking shows with her trilingual children and protecting her black Labrador Retriever Khushi from the many things that scare him, including plastic bags. She is a team member of We Need Diverse books, and can be found online at www.sayantanidasgupta.com and on Twitter at @sayantani16.
Praise for The Serpent's Secret:
* "This is a series starter that rivals Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief
. A breathtaking adventure." -- Booklist
, starred review
* "Will appeal to those who like their adventures fast and furious." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"A refreshing take on the hero's quest...laugh-out-loud funny and extremely engaging." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Never a dull moment for our ordinary-girl-turned-demon-fighting-princess Kiranmala in this hilarious, action-packed romp. Also, there is snot. It's, like, everywhere. This combination of crucial elements is everything I love in a book. A brilliant beginning to a fresh (and potentially sticky) new series!" -- Lisa McMann, New York Times
bestselling author of The Unwanteds
"This funny, unique book feels like the spirit of A Wrinkle in Time married the awesomeness of Bengali folktales and had the coolest, fiercest Indian princess – so much fun!Can Kiranmala save the rest of us next?" -- Tui Sutherland, New York Times
bestselling author of Wings of Fire
"I was hooked from the first page, and the action-packed story never let me go. I adored Kiranmala's sass, courage, and confidence. She is a hero all readers will love." -- Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times
bestselling author of The False Prince