Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Series #1)

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Series #1)

by Roshani Chokshi

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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?

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ISBN-13: 9781368017381
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Pandava Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 69,491
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roshani Chokshi ( is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time, her middle grade debut, was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani's all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in the south and says "y'all," but she doesn't really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.

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Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rick Riordan is to be thanked for this find! India’s culture and heritage are amazing. Can’t wait for the next book, too bad it’s next year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story, characters you can enjoy and get invested in, and explains a lot about Hindu deities. Looking forward to the next part of the series.
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Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much MG lately, but anything that's about mythology and quest-y, I have to go for it. And y'all, don't miss this super cute, awesome book because its MG. Give it a chance. You won't regret it! Aru Shah is named a liar by her classmates. She just wants to fit in with them. But when they catch her in her lies and tell her to prove one of them by lighting a lamp, she does and gets way more than she bargained for. The world around her is frozen in time and she has woken up a demon, the Sleeper. Can Aru save time before its too late? No doubt, the coolest thing about this was learning about another culture and its mythology. Just as I did with Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, and Sadie Cain, I read about the things they encountered in their book and then went and did research on it. I learned so much about the different gods and demons and it was so interesting to know the backstories of what Chokshi was mentioning. I also really loved the characters. Aru and Mini are now frienship goals. They were friends to sisters and they went on all types of adventures, both helping each other out. Tell me that's not #FriendshipGoals! And the humor between the two of them was absolutely charming. They were the cutest heroines and I can't wait to read more about them! The only thing I wish I could change was the length. It seemed a bit long to me and towards the end I started getting a bit antsy. Like flipping to the end and seeing how much I had left and so on. It wasn't that it was entertaining, because it was, it just seemed as if there was alot of story left after the huge fight at the end. Don't let this being a middle grade stop you from wanting to read this! It takes you on an adventure and once you get started you won't want to stop. I was hooked from Riordan's letter at the beginning, and I can't wait to see what else the Pandavas do!
ASHANTI MCCLAIN More than 1 year ago
Aru Shah is a story that follows some of India's vast folklore. The story is enchanting, magical, intense, and beautiful all at once. I cannot wait to read this to my students, and dig into the next book of the series.
Alex-Baugh More than 1 year ago
Aru Shah and the End of Time is an exciting adventure/quest story based on a mix of Indian mythology and Hindu religion. And though some readers (myself included) may not be as informed about Hinduism or Indian myths as they are about other religions and legends, this is a good place to begin learning about them. Author Roshani Chokshi has woven in a lot of background information into the storyline in such a way that the reader can understand the unfamiliar without a problem. But in case you need more, there is a glossary of terms, gods, and places referred to in the story. I found that Roshani's writing was clever, funny, and snarky with some seriousness thrown in, making this a fun, fast-paced novel. Interestingly, for all I liked reading Aru Shah and the End of Time, I didn't really much for the characters of Aru and Mini. Aru is to my mind a little too snarky and Mini a little too hypochondriacal. Hopefully, these characteristics will be toned down a little in the next book. I certainly felt sorry for Aru not having her mother around as much as she would have like, but I also didn't like the lying to make up for what she felt was lacking in her life. Bottom line, though, is that I'm pretty sure kids are going to love Aru and her adventures. Two things I noted while reading: Roshani was obsessed with and used to write Sailor Moon fan fiction infused with Indian mythology. My Kiddo was also obsessed with Sailor Moon (in fact, I still have her books her), so I understand the connection - Sailor Moon was also charged with the task of saving the world from destruction by Evil. And Roshani, I owe you a pack of Twizzlers - what I learned reading Aru Shah is well worth it. I love the idea of introducing and exploring other mythologies for young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Chokshi's writing is beautiful and relatable. Aru is a character that my students can root for. She's flawed and awkward and the epitome of a middle school kid. I can't wait to get a copy for my classroom so my students can enjoy it as much as I did!
BookReaperCS More than 1 year ago
I remember sitting on flight home from a library conference with Roshani's The Star Touched Queen and having to use my phone to take photos of all the quotes and moments I fell in love. This is that moment you know that this will be an author whose work you will be counting down the days till you have the next book in your hands, ready to be devoured. I have Aru Shah in my hands and was ready to devour it...metaphorically. Chokshi has such a beautiful and magical way of telling a story. Every word is another stroke of a brush that paints a picture that will last. We fall into a world with a girl, Aru, who is trying to fit in and trying fit in sometimes starts with a journey. An adventure where the world's fate is on the line and you, a girl who is somewhat related to you, and a pigeon with a dark past are the ones to save it. Aru is this heroine that so many people, especially young girls, can connect with. She is funny, smart, daring, and most importantly brave. And just like everyone she depends on her friends to help her overcome barriers. On this journey, she discovers who she is and what her destiny is and knows that sometimes failing is the first part in succeeding. Aru Shah and the End of Time was the perfect choice of a debut novel for a debut imprint. If you are looking for a novel that will take on a mythical adventure that will leave you with an ending that results in only wanting more, this is the book for you. A beautiful masterpiece! I give this book 5 souls!
BarbGogan More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the humorous middle-grade fantasy genre popularized by Rick Riordan that expands it by adding a female flawed protagonist and inhabiting a new mythological world. The characters act like real middle schoolers and I found them irresistible. Expect this to be very popular. I purchased 2 copies for my school library and only do that for the most desired titles.