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Storytime Underground: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Storytime Underground: Aru Shah and the End of Time


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Aru Shah and the End of Time



Aru Shah and the End of timeAru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

by Roshani Chokshi

How is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to stop an ancient demon from awaking the God of Destruction? 

Number one New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by New York Times bestselling author 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. 

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.

Can she? Does she? Find out in Aru Khan and the End of Time!

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Talk about these questions with your friends or family when you read the book.

  • How do you think Aru feels knowing that she has to spend her break at home waiting for her mom?
  • Do you think Aru feels like she has to constantly prove herself to others? Why or why not?
  • Aru, Mini, and Boo become more mature throughout the novel. In your opinion, which character shows the most growth? Why?
  • What do you think is the most fascinating mythical creature that appears in this novel?




In the novel, the only way to stop the Sleeper is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem the Mahabharata. 

Using your creativity, create a poem that contain clues to a puzzle you would like for someone to solve. In other worlds, be sure to think of what you want another person to solve and then write a poem that has clues. 




Virtual Field TripMet Museum at Home

Pack your bags, grab a ticket, and head on over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City! There, you will find one of the largest collections of Ancient Indian and Hindu art. So, while the book’s fictitious museum doesn’t really exist, you can experience a real life one here:



Keep reading the Aru Shah saga and some other great books presented by Rick Riordan:

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jacksonville Public Library