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 Aru Shah and the end of time (Pandava Novel)
 Author: Chokshi, Roshani

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 355 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 212002 ISBN: 9781368012355
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Demonology -- Fiction
 Blessing and cursing -- Fiction
 Hindu mythology -- Fiction
 Antiquities -- Fiction
 Museums -- Fiction
 Honesty -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Book 1--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.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 194232
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 18.0   Quiz: 73321

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/18)
   School Library Journal (+) (03/01/18)
   Booklist (03/01/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/18)

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 Gr 3–6—Seventh grader Aru should never have lit the ancient lamp. When she put the lighter to the wick, the world froze and she released the awful Sleeper. Aru is suddenly launched into the world of the gods and surrounded by mythical characters come to life. Aru discovers she is a Pandava, born with the soul of one of the five brothers featured in the Mahabharata. She also has a soul sister, Mini, to assist her in this quest—highly unusual for a Pandava. Aru and Mini must enter the Kingdom of Death to find out the secret that will destroy the Sleeper. Rick Riordan writes the introduction to this book that has a similar tone and pacing to his popular "Percy Jackson" series, but Chokshi brings her own sensibility and style. Using Hindu mythology as the foundation, Chokshi has created an exciting adventure around a coming-of-age tale. A glossary provides readers with a basic introduction to the various traditional stories that Chokshi drew from. Just as "Percy Jackson" led tweens to a deeper exploration and appreciation of classic Greek mythology, Chokshi's tale will likely inspire a similar demand for traditional Indian mythology. VERDICT An enthralling start to a series that Riordan fans and anyone in the mood for a high-octane adventure will love.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2018 Aru Shah is a lover of tales, and was hoping to survive seventh grade through spinning slightly altered tales about her life to classmates. When a group of friends confronts her at the Museum of Ancient Art and Indian Cultures about her lies, Aru Shah would do anything to get them to believe her. Even if that means taking their dare to light a lamp that—wouldn’t you know it?—might bring about the end of the world. Readers will be delighted by this adventurous dive into Hindu mythology and the chance to cheer along a heroic young protagonist. Chokshi makes it easy to connect with Aru by showing her learn from her mistakes (with the help of a sarcastic sorcerer pigeon), and readers will experience wonder as they are met with such surprises as a forest of giant fireflies. This series starter also doesn’t skimp on important lessons about friendship, family, and love. Chokshi is a talented writer who breathes fresh air into her mythological world. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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