The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a5.263503
(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 . . .

Paperback, 368 pages
Published on January 29, 2019 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 1338185713
ISBN-13: 9781338185713
24 Book Reviews
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  • Book loverThursday, March 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    i love this book so happy to read itttt
    • PROThursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm
      This book is only about snakes.
      • .??Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2:13 pm
        What grade can u read this?
        • Pistola11Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm
          I got this book early at a school book fair and I just love this book! The Serpent's Secret is such a funny, fairytale defying book. This may sound like a fairytale once reading a bit but this... BOOTAYFUL. Plot is on point with a Percy Jackson humor and Kiran got that sassssss!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
          • maddyp18
            maddyp18Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:28 am44 starsFeatured
            Besides her 'superstitious' parents, Kiranmala thinks she's an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But then, on Kiran's twelve birthday, her whole life is turned upside down. A rakkhosh (an Indian monster) abducts Kieran's parents, and she and two fairy-tale princes must rescue them. Kiran and the princes set off on a wild adventure, through different dimensions and across strange lands. Will Kiran save her parents and herself, or will she land in the clutches of the evil Serpent King? Read this amazing book to find out. I loved this book, and I think it's a great read for older elementary school and middle school kids. It is an amazing adventure story, and if you like the Percy Jackson books you'll love this, too. This book has the perfect mix of funny, remarkable, and irresistible. Once you start reading it you just can't put it down!
            • snicker9
              snicker9Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8:46 am44 stars
              Kiran thought she had a normal life. Until on her twelfth birthday she finds out she's an Indian princess. How does she find this out? When her parents are captured and two princes crash into her yard to help her. Her whole life is thrown upside down when she is told that she was adopted when her birth mother sent her to Earth so she could escape the clutches of her father - the Serpent King. Kiran is introduced to a whole new world with magic and fantasy creatures. This book was filled with adventure and lots of surprises along the way. One of my favorite parts about this book was the uniqueness of the concept. I learned a lot of new things about Japanese mythology and culture. Some of the words were unfamiliar to me, but I eventually figured out what they meant. Overall, this is a pretty good middle grade read. I would caution younger readers that there are some darker action scenes, specifically those that involve the Rackosh, the Serpent King and the demons. Because of those scenes, I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
              • readingkendal
                readingkendalSunday, January 7, 2018 at 4:38 am55 stars
                This book is awesome! As she grows up Kiranmala is told stories of Rackosh and told she is a princess which she doesn't believe until on her birthday her parents disappear and 2 princes show up and so does a Rackosh. The princes Lal and Neel "save her" from the Rackosh and take her to there home to help her find her parents. Along the way Neel and Kiranmala have to save Lal and their friend Mati and as they do they have to defeat Rackosh and The Serpent King. I recommend this book to anyone who loves magic and friendship!
                • inh8
                  inh8Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 1:59 pm55 stars
                  In The Serpents Secret, Kiranmala is celebrating her 12th birthday, despite having who she thinks are the weirdest parents in the world. They are always calling her a princess and telling her stories about their heritage. Suddenly, she is attacked by a Rakkosh, and two princes swoop in to "save the day". Kiranmala is whisked away into a strange, magical world, where she is confronted by all sorts of monsters! I would personally recommend this book to anyone . It's full of excitement, and magic. So if you are into that kind of thing, Kiranmala And The Kingdom Beyond is right up your alley!
                  • callie_b
                    callie_bSaturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:39 am55 stars
                    The Serpent's Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond is an incredible book! Kiranmala is a seemingly regular 6th grader with Indian heritage who has seemingly regular parents who love to embarrass her. Kiran's parents have always told her that Kiran was a real Indian princess who was the daughter of an underworld serpent king and a moon maiden whom they had found floating in a clay pot down the river of dreams, and about deadly rakkosh demons that princes would slay. But none of those stories were actually real, right? How could they be? But on Kiran's 12th birthday, which is also Halloween, everything changes. Kiran notices that her parents aren't home when she gets back from school, and they always had made a point to be home for her birthday! She thought that maybe it was a joke, until she saw a birthday card on the floor. She opens it and reads the mysterious message from her parents about "trusting princes" and "not letting rakkosh in the house." But before she has time to let that process in her mind, she hears a knock at the door. She had forgotten that it was Halloween! As she opened the door to greet the trick-or-treaters, she gets a surprise: two handsome princes, Lal and Neel, who claim that they are going to take her to find her parents. Were these the princes that her parents had mentioned in the card? But the surprises didn't stop there. As she steps outside, she hears a crash behind her... a rakkosh!? With help from the princes, she stops the rakkosh from eating them before she is whisked away on flying horses, whom Kiran instantly loves! Kiran is beginning to realize the stories she had heard were actually true! They fly into another dimension, where the princes were from, to get Kiran's parents back. But when they get back to the castle, Lal and his stable-hand friend Mati are suddenly transformed into gold and silver spheres by an evil rakkoshi queen! Kiran and Neel journey through the dimension following a prophecy from an oracle bird to find Kiran's parents and free Lal and Mati. With encounters with the underworld serpent king and many rakkosh, it's a crazy journey. But will Kiran find her parents and free Lal and Mati? One thing's for sure, it'll be an unforgettable adventure! This book was AMAZING! I loved it so much! The author Sayantani DasGupta was a very descriptive and interesting author. I learned a lot about Indian culture and folk stories, and was hooked from the beginning to the end of this awesome book! This book was filled with adventure, action, and suspense with a tad of romance added in for a great combination for this extremely good novel! I recommend this ages 4th grade and up. I can't wait for the next book to come out! 5/5 star rating!
                    • readwriter
                      readwriterTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm55 stars
                      Rakkhosh, Serpent Kings, Moon Maidens, twin princes from a land universes away, and a girl from New Jersey who THOUGHT her biggest obstacle was getting through middle school without crying. This book was new, fresh, and revolutionary! Sayantani Dasgupta has made an unforgettable addition to the world of books! You'll fly through it like Kiran and Neel fly through the sky on pakkhiraj horses and practically drive you mad waiting for the next book to come out!