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Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Diverse Middle Reader book that dives into Hindu Mythology

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I adore middle reader books that not only tell an amazing story but also shine the spotlight on a unique tradition, culture or religion.
Aru Shah and the End of Time is one such diverse middle reader book! AND, if you enjoy books like Percy Jackson or Dasgupta’s Serpent Secret, then this is a series you will also enjoy.
Aru Shah and the End of Time
Aru Shah and the End of Time
Seventh-grader Aru Shah is a liar, but only because she has a wild imagination and is trying her hardest to fit in.
Stuck with a less-than-exciting life while her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, Aru grumbles about having to spend 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.
Despite the danger, never in her wildest dreams did she imagine being the sole daughter of a Hindu god, the reincarnation of one of the esteemed Pandava siblings. When she lights a cursed lamp to impress the popular kids at school, Aru ends up letting out the terrible demon The Sleeper, who plans to end time. Everyone around her freezes, and now it’s up to Aru Shah and her other Pandava sister Mini to stop Time from ending.
With their pigeon pal Boo, who’s actually a cursed king, they have to find the three keys to the underworld, all the while learning that they are so much more than what they thought they were. And what these girls originally thought were just their weird quirks actually turn into their strengths that end up helping them on their quest. But stopping the end of time is not as easy as they thought it was going to be.
In Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel Book 1, a young protagonist learns the hard way that 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?

Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel Book 1

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?
Author Roshani Chokshi packs a punch with this exciting tale of modern Hindu mythology. Filled with humor, adventure, excitement, pop culture, wit, and lessons, the tale of Aru Shah and the Pandavas is sure to go down in the mythology books and will be a winner with young readers!

Something To Do

Let’s dive into some Aru Shah-inspired fun!

There are 10 Inspiration Indian Myths for kids if you want to learn more about Indian mythology.
Becky at KidWorldCitizen has a great activity-Decorate Thali for a Diwali craft:
3.    Aru’s gift from the gods was Vijra, which turns out to be a lightning bolt! How cool, right? Make these heroine lightning bolt cuffs to channel some of the god’s power for yourself! Directions can be found at ReadingConfetti.com.

 

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