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Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Book - 2018
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Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Disney Hyperion, 2018
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781368012355
1368012353
9781549096754
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Gr 3-6 - Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon. AR Level 4.7 - Lexile 630L *Also available as an audiobook CD, playaway, and downloadable audiobook*

"Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon." Publisher annotation

Another fun title for middle grade readers

You think impressing your classmates is hard, try saving those classmates after an ancient demon freezes them in time. And, oh you are wearing Spider-Man pajamas. This book is based on Hindu mythology. It is a fun and funny fantasy that delivers. I wish I could remember some of the one liners... Read More »


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FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi is an excellent novel that introduces Hindu mythology and cosmology to readers as well as puts the spotlight on a culture that is normally underrepresented or displayed inaccurately in media. Chokshi follows the “Riordan equation” within her novel, however, she portrays the Hindu celestial beings and artifacts in such a colorful and pragmatic way that any reader will become instantly hooked. In addition to a stellar plot, Chokshi creates engaging and charismatic characters that makes a reader root for them. Everyone has a little bit of Aru in them, especially in middle school, and readers are either a Mini or have a Mini in their life. The dialogue between the characters also portray a sense of realism, with complex thoughts like selfishness, anger, and sadness being demonstrated by both characters. This type of narration and dialogue grounds the story in a sense of realism even though the magic and adventure within the story is apparent. For these reasons, Aru Shah and the End of Time remains a popular read among middle schoolers and has gone on to be created into a best-selling book series.

I think that this is an amazing book and I can't wait to read Aru Shah and the City of Gold

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dorisee
Dec 20, 2020

Aru Shah, a 12 year old girl, finds that she is a Pandava, destined to save the world, when she was dared to lit the cursed lamp and frees an ancient demon, the Sleeper. She and her soul sister must find the three keys, cross into the Kingdom of Death, and save everyone from being frozen from the Sleeper. The task seems grave as many lives relied on them, and they only had 8 days to complete their task. As the future of humanity and heaven wavered on the two girls, but how are two girls going to save us all?

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Pranathi_0
Nov 10, 2020

This book is amazing. There are many twists and turns. Aru is a very fun character and I love her sarcastic personality. If you are an Indian kid you can sort-of relate to different parts of the story, but it usually relatable to everyone. If you loved Percy Jackson and want to learn about Hindu mythology you should dive right in.

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TheBorgQueen
Jul 21, 2020

Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi, is a thrilling and exciting story about a 12 year old girl named Aru Shah. The story starts in Atlanta Georgia in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, where Aru and her mom live. Aru loves the museum, and she knows stories about all the artifacts there. However, there is one artifact that her mother refuses to allow Aru to touch- the cursed lamp. Even with her mother’s rule about the lamp, in order to impress her classmates, Aru lit up the lamp, which ended up releasing an entity that threatened the safety of the entire world. This launches Aru into a quest to save the world and her mother. Along the way, stories and concepts from Hinduism and India are seen, from the appearance of the Monkey God Hanuman to the story of the Pandava brothers.
As I read this book, I feel very connected to the stories and characters that Chokshi uses. As a Hindu and an Indian-American, I always found it difficult to find figures in literature and media that represented my religion and cultural values. While reading the story, I was amazed every time I saw a story I was taught come to life and interact with the main characters. This book even gave me new facts and questions about my own religion, which is not something that can be said about most books.
Chokshi creates an incredible balance between references to American culture and Indian culture, something that is rare in American literature. From the cultural references to the amazing facts about hinduism, I would highly recommend this book to everyone! It can teach you many things about hinduism- from the idea of incarnation to customs and values.

OPL_KIDS May 21, 2020

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi is the first book in the Pandava series and one of the first books published under Rick Riordan Presents. Drawing upon the culture and mythology of India, Aru Shah explores many interesting and deep concepts like the afterlife, redemption, self-actualization, destiny/fate, and friendship/familial relationships. The worldbuilding that Chokshi does within this book is incredible and fun to watch unfold, and many of the characters we come across are interesting and quirky. The secrets we gradually uncover as we go through the story are interesting and add great bits of tension into the story and Aru’s quest.

However, I found that as I was reading Aru Shah, I was coming across too many similarities between it and Rick Riordan’s works. What I mean is that there were many attempts at humor and witty banter that fell flat with me because they reminded me too much of Riordan’s style of humorous writing. I love how Riordan can interweave humor and seriousness throughout his stories and make it work; Chokshi did not quite achieve the same success, in my opinion. Perhaps if I had not been such an avid reader of Riordan’s works for the last several years, I would not have noticed or made the comparison. Maybe it was not Chokshi’s intention to emulate Riordan’s writing style and I just feel that way knowing that this book is published under Riordan’s imprint, but I felt like she was trying too hard to write like Rick Riordan instead of finding her own unique voice. Maybe it will get better in the sequel books; I can only hope. As well, I could not really sympathize a lot with Aru because she came off as insincere a lot of the time and didn’t really seem to develop much as a character. Yes, she’s an eleven/twelve-year old girl and so has not yet come into herself nor is able to make decisions in the same way I can as an adult, but maybe it will take more time and the sequel books to really show her growth.

Reviewed by Miss Caitlin

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white_dove_785
May 17, 2020

Has a bunch of strong female role models who will surely inspire you. It has elements of adventure and humor with the twist of Hindu mythology to tie it all together. You will love this book and all of the others in this series.

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schmirtl
Nov 25, 2019

AR bookfind level 4.7

IndyPL_ErinM Oct 25, 2019

This has strong female characters and will appeal to readers who enjoyed Rick Riordan's series.

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nanane
Jul 02, 2019

Beautiful, lovely book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 06, 2020

"What kind of name is Sleeper? Are you just really good at napping?" - Aru

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 06, 2020

"Neither is a sprig. I think a book would make sense. They're keys to lots of stuff." - Mini

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 06, 2020

"Boo glared at them from the top of a grocery cart. "What tool you so long? I almost started aging."
"You don't age?" asked Aru.
"If you do, you can use the sprig of youth," offered Mini. "Not sure how it works, though. Do we just hit you with it?"" - Aru Shah and the End of Time

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 06, 2020

""We're not done growing yet," said Mini. "But my pediatrician said I probably won't get any taller than five foot two."
"Five feet you say?" asked the makara. He rolled onto his back and raised his stubby legs."I really think four feet are much more useful. Five feet might throw you off balance. But that's just my opinion."" - Aru Shah and the End of Time

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 06, 2020

"Boo lifted off Aru's hands and hovered in front of the girls' faces. "You're Mini, she's Aru. I'm exasperated. Salutations done? Okay. Off to the otherworld now.
"Exasperated, how do we get ther?" asked Mini.
Boo blinked. "Let's hope you inherited some talents, since irony evidently eluded you."
"I have an iron deficiency. Does that count?" offered Mini." - Aru Shah and the End of Time

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white_dove_785
May 17, 2020

"Why would the dead speak backward?" asked Aru.
Mini tilted the compact from one side to the other, as if she were trying to catch and read all the things that the dead spoke around them.
"Maybe because they can't go forward in life anymore?"

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white_dove_785
May 17, 2020

"So you actually live in a museum?"
Yep.
"No? Look around-do you see my room?"
It's upstairs...
"If you don't live here, then why are you wearing pajamas?"
"Everyone wears pj's during the daytime in England," said Aru.
Maybe.
"It's what royalty does."
If I were royalty, I would.
"Whatever, Aru."

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