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Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes: Pandava, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Aru learns about absent father in exciting installment.

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If readers enjoyed the first two modernized Hindu mythology adventures, they'll dig this third quest that adds more talented Pandava sisters, more quirky gods, and more daring escapes. The new Pandava sisters are 10-year-old twins, one a clairvoyant and the other a fashionista who can talk to and manipulate plants. They're told they are too young to quest, but they come into the story later when their skills are needed. Aru, Mini, Brynne, their friend Adrian (wife to all the Pandava princes in a soul sense) and Adrian's pompous cousin, Prince Rudy, make a fun questing crew. Sometimes they kick butt with their godly weapons, sometimes they roll their eyes about Rudy's big ego, and sometimes they wallow in embarrassment over their lack of ability to flirt with their crushes.

Author Roshni Chokshi has a lot of fun with her self-conscious characters. They keep the story from getting too dark when Aru faces her anger and confusion over a father that abandoned her, a father who is now their enemy. It also allows readers that may be confused by the mythology to stay anchored to main characters they can identify with. Indeed, there are a lot of places and gods packed into Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes. It ends with a head-scratching cliffhanger that will pull readers into the next installment.

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