Aru Shah and the End of Time

Aru Shah and the End of Time

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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: New York, New York : Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781368012355
1368012353
Branch Call Number: JF CHOKSHI
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm.

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DCLkids Nov 12, 2018

Great Books for Great Kids. Fans of Percy Jackson will enjoy this story that explores the tales of India. Aru is trying to fit into life at a private school when she discovers a magic lamp. Grades 3-6.

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siboneyleeculham
Nov 02, 2018

This is pretty good but I still prefer The Serpents Secret and Rick Riordan's books. :)

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leileileeculham
Aug 22, 2018

Oh my gosh! (Cue the singing nuns)! Check this link and find my comment on Trials of Apollo: Hidden oracle! (https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/649919018). I said, if you don't want to check, I wish that Rick Riordan would do a book series with a woman main character! But this takes the cake! It is amazing! Roshani Chokshi has done a wonderful job! It is humorous, the main character is stubborn, I learned so much about Hindu mythology, and it is exactly like something Rick Riordan would do!

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.

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