Bound To Stay Bound

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 Aru Shah and the end of time
 Author: Chokshi, Roshani

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion (2022)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 126 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 212016 ISBN: 9781368074360
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Demonology -- Fiction
 Blessing and cursing -- Fiction
 Hindu mythology -- Fiction
 Museums -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $19.08

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. 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. In graphic novel format.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Caramagna, Joe
 Illustrator: Chouhan, Anu

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   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/22)
   School Library Journal (05/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 05/01/2022 Gr 6–8—Those looking for a briskly-paced, colorful, engaging fantasy adventure starring diverse characters and featuring imaginative creatures inspired by folklore and myth need look no further than this book. Starting out with a dare—as most adventures do—the narrative follows Aru, an Indian American girl, who awakens an ancient deity meant to bring about the world's end. She must defeat this otherworldly foe before all is lost. Joined by a talking bird she nicknames Boo, who informs her that she is this generation's Pandava (hero), Aru soon meets her counterpart, Mini, and they embark on their quest to save the world. While this book is heavy on dialogue, which may scare off reluctant readers, there are plenty of bright and colorful images, grand locations, and fantastical elements to draw in and retain any young reader's interest. With deep lore rivaling other fantasy works, Aru Shah and the End of Time is an excellent alternative to the adventure stories that are almost always occupied by the same generic heroes we've grown accustomed to rooting for. VERDICT A perfect pick for readers desiring a fantasy adventure that breaks the mold when it comes to lore and characters.—M. Brandon Robbins - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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