Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time

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Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who 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? One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata , and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that ?
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781368012355
Branch Call Number: J CHO
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,22 cm

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CoreneBee Apr 19, 2018

Aru Shah has a loose relationship with the truth. Why tell her classmates that she is going to spend her vacation waiting for her mom at the boring old Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture when she could spin them a tale of zipping around Paris is a chauffeured limo (because she is a member o... Read More »


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forbesrachel Aug 12, 2018

Aru Shah wants to be accepted by others, and in one of her attempts to do so, she inadvertently awakens an ancient Indian demon that intends to bring about the end of time. But fortunately for Aru, she has a chance to stop this, for both she, and another 12 year old girl named Mini, are reincarnations of the Pandava brothers from myth. Neither is prepared for this, but with the help of a pigeon named Boo, as well as other mythical beings, and, their own wits, the two manage to stumble their way through danger. As they face challenges in their world and the land of Death, both grow closer, gain a better understanding of themselves, and even begin to grasp their own powers.

In many ways, Aru and Mini are more genuine reflections of children than those found in other juvenile books. They sometimes say silly things, they get distracted, and they see things in a different light. They aren't traditional heroines either. Mini fears quite a few things, but that never causes her to hesitate. She lacks confidence in herself, but is earnest, and intelligent. Aru craves connections, but she doesn't know how to go about getting them, so she lies. She doesn't mean others ill though, and this adventure allows her to discover that she can put her fruitful imagination to better use.

Chokshi's story is steeped in Hindu mythology. Readers unfamiliar with it, will have no problem picking it up, because she presents information in a consistent, clear, and gradual manner. Actions, and the reasons for them, are explained too, so the ending feels right. This is just the beginning though. The author firmly establishes enough material for a series by foreshadowing events, and introducing some new characters late in the game. This choice to only introduce a small portion of the cast, shows that Chokshi has great instinct as a writer; the first book is a concisely written, understandable, and engaging read because of this. It also means that, with two fully fleshed out characters, and an already well-built world, other books in the series will have a chance to do the same for others, while focusing more on the story. Aru Shah and the End of Time, sits in the vein of books such as those by Rick Riordan, but it also sets itself apart with its characters, and its source mythology. Highly recommended for fans of Fantasy.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 08, 2018

A fun India-themed Percy Jackson readalike. While this will be a familiar format to anyone who loves Percy, the "girl power" focus of this series, combined with the very funny dialog between Aru, Minnie, and Boo, means that I will be checking out subsequent installments in this fun series!

bookcat51 Jul 20, 2018

Promises to be an enjoyable new series. I enjoyed this humorous and fun approach to Hindu mythology.

JCLHilaryS Jun 06, 2018

A fun read, much like Rick Riordan's series. This series features a girl and focuses on Hindi deities. The introduction of an Indian myth about re-incarnated brothers coming back as pre-teen girls promises more adventures in the series.

ArapahoeMary May 01, 2018

Aru Shah, who lives in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art or Culture with her archaeologist mom, doesn’t MEAN to light the lamp that will release the Sleeper who will wake the God of Destruction and end the world in seven days, but she has to prove to her classmates that’s she’s NOT lying about it being cursed! With everyone around her frozen, Aru must save the world with the help of a talking pigeon and Mini, the girl she just met who also happens to be her soul sister (in a “both are daughters of Hindu gods” way). They’ll have to travel to the Kingdom of Death and overcome innumerable obstacles and just might discover their own strengths and talents along the way.

SPPL_Teens Apr 23, 2018

I was lucky enough to have access to an advance reader's copy and the book did not disappoint! This is the first book in the series and it focuses on Aru Shah, a 12-year old girl who is living above a museum with her archaeologist mother. Aru lies a lot to fit in with her classmates but when one of her lies lead to the release of a demon, Aru finds out she's more special than she thought. The book is fast-paced, full of humor, and focuses on Hindu mythology which will satisfy mythology lovers and Rick Riordin fans. This is a great start to an awesome series!

CoreneBee Apr 19, 2018

Aru Shah has a loose relationship with the truth. Why tell her classmates that she is going to spend her vacation waiting for her mom at the boring old Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture when she could spin them a tale of zipping around Paris is a chauffeured limo (because she is a member of royalty after all)? But her lies catch up to her and she is forced to prove one of her more outlandish stories by lighting the cursed Lamp of Bharata in her mother's museum. But what harm could come from lighting a lamp? Turns out, a lot. This time, Aru's exaggeration was not nearly outlandish enough because she has unleashed the Sleeper, a malevolent demon bent on awakening the God of Destruction who will cause the end of the world. Roshani Chokshi's Aru Shah and the End of Time is perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson series.

OPL_KrisC Apr 14, 2018

This is the 1st book from Rick Riordan's new Disney imprint, Rick Riordan Presents and a book that I have been looking forward to reading ever since I heard it was coming out. I love Rick Riordan and all of his different mythology books and was super excited that he got Roshani Chokshi to write a series about Hindu mythology. Aru Shah & the End of Time is the 1st book in the Pandava Quartet and is action-packed from the beginning. I love that the two main characters are both girls and the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about Hindu mythology before reading this book.

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