A heartwarming fantasy steeped in Hindu mythology.
Recommended grade level: 4 and up
Pages: 355 (for ISBN 9781368012355)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, diverse, own voices, Indian-American
Tone/Style: epic, humorous, sincere
Topics: Hindu gods, quests, religion, mythology
Themes: responsiblity, destiny, heroism, friendship
Summary: 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? Continue reading
An introduction to the world’s 5 largest religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
Recommended grade level: 4-8
Pages: 128 (for ISBN 9781619303058)
Genre(s) and keywords: nonfiction
Topics: religion, religious conflict, coexistence, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
Themes: moral codes, God/gods, the purpose of existence, the origins of the universe
Summary: Over 7 billion people live on the earth, and 84 percent of them describe themselves as being religious. What does that mean? Few topics incite such passion as religion. Why are humans invested in ideas that may never be proved? Why has religion played such an important role in history? Continue reading