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We all make mistakes; fortunately, most mistakes would not lead to terrible consequences. For instance, you might break a cup, but it won’t be the end of the world. However, in “Aru Shah and the End of Time,” by Roshani Chokshi, when Aru Shah lighted a lamp just to impress her friends, it turned to be a huge mistake. It might seem just like an ordinary lamp but Aru’s mom told her it would end all of time if lit. In this book, Chokshi unravels an adventurous and hilarious story, with skillful tackling of Hindu mythology.
Aru Shah was a private school student who lived in a Museum. She had been stretching the truth to make sure she was well-qualified to be in that school. One day, when she was enjoying her fall break, the museum bell rung. It turned out to be three of her classmates trying to expose the lies she had been telling everyone in the private school. As her classmates went through all her lies, Aru Shah told them that the cursed lamp was real. When she turned it on to prove that the curse was real, time froze. Throughout the rest of the book, she met many characters of the Hinduism culture and legends, such as gods and animals, who helps her stop time from ending. She has faced many life-threatening situations and took many risks.
This book is sophisticated with characters and terminology of Hinduism but it does give you necessary information on who or what they are. Reading closely is pivotal for understanding the book’s plots. It may seem boring at first but when Aru lights the lamp, the book starts going uphill. I have been reading, unwilling to stop, until the very end. The ending is very satisfying, knowing what you’ve read all the way through the book was an incredibly delightful journey.
“Aru Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi, Rick Riordan Presents, 630 pp.
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7