The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1 368 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., February 27, 2018. 9781338185706.
Publisher synopsis: Meet Kiranmala: 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. Gripping and hilarious, The Serpent's Secret is a magical journey to a land inspired by Indian mythology, with would building as vibrant as the characters themselves.
Page 56: "I'm sorry guys, I can't do this anymore." My voice shook and I swiped furiously at my nose. "I mean, killer demons? Different dimensions? Black holes? I'm just an ordinary kid from New Jersey. I can't deal with all this!"
Lal's face softened and he looked like he was going to say something nice, but his brother cut him off with a furious exclamation. "Don't be such a 2-D!"
I whipped around. "What did you call me?"
"A flatfoot, a ruler, a 2-D!" Neel ground out the words like they were curses.
Ever since I read Sarwat Chadda's Ash Mistry trilogy, I've been eager to read more books featuring Indian mythology and folklore. I am so happy to have received this arc!