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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about 12-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?

Includes a bonus PDF of the book's glossary.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Roshani Chokshi (P)2018 Listening Library

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A wonderful book for strong girls

My girls loved Aru and all her adventures. They loved her personality (sassy) and her bravery. I would recommend this to anyone with daughters looking for vulnerable yet strong girl characters.

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A fascinating tale of magic and heroism!

Oh the adventure, the humor and the suspense! Our entire family really enjoyed this book! The characters are written and narrated so well that they became alive for us. We are anxiously waiting for the next book!

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  • OwlMama
  • Bay Area, California, USA
  • 09-22-18

Wonderfully Complex, Rich, Captivating Story

I purchased this book for my 5-year-old daughter because of the review that said it is a good book for strong girls. I'm so glad I did!

What a wonderfully complex, rich, and captivating story that bridges cultures and worlds in the realm of fantasy and reality. There are no good and bad characters - just characters with strengths and weaknesses, who are all at different places in relation to their own evolution.

My 5y listened to this the whole way through and, when it was done, immediately started listening to it again. We turn it on for her and she just goes into her own world, making art, playing, and intently engaging with the story. I cannot interrupt it to say anything to her without pressing pause or she is livid! This story, through the artistry of the novelist and the performance of the storyteller, is alive for her. And I like it, too! I have found myself referring back to tidbits from the story, and sharing them with my husband as personal teachings in ethics and values throughout the week.

Can't wait for the next in this series!!

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A joy

I loved this so much. If it is almost the same as Percy Jackson in some ways but wholly original in others. I can’t wait for the other books.

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  • Robert
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 08-07-18

Great adventure story for everyone in the family!

We bought this story for a family road trip. The kids did't want to stop and were looking for excuses to drive somewhere.

It is a little long, but never drags. There is plenty of intrigue, new characters, and action. Aside from just being a good story I found the introduction into Hindu mythology to be very interesting. And aside from benefits of a wonderful performance, knowing how to properly (I hope) pronounce the names and titles is an advantage to the audio version.

The kids keep asking for when the next book in the series will be available and I don't mind looking for it.

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A perfect book for my 8 years old niece

A perfect book for my 8 years old niece. This book teaches bravery, honesty, humbleness and so many other values along with beautiful and interesting story for kids and teenagers.

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great for kids and parents

It's clear why this book has the imprint of Rick Riordan: compelling and action-packed adventure based on the Hindu Mahabharata text and heroes. The non-western perspective is a breath of fresh air. What's also refreshing about this novel, is that the protagonist's are girls. Thank Gods for some brave, smart, creative, and female role models for young readers.

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Great BOOK!

This was a funny interesting book I would be so scared if I was aru or mini

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Definitely a Kid's Book

I think if I had been reading this I may have enjoyed it more, but even then some of the jokes were just so juvenile that I didn't find them funny. this would be great to listen to on a family road trip if you have kids 12 and younger. I did not really enjoy it as an adult listening to a YA novel. I thought the narrator was a little overemotional and read as if anticipating a very young audience. definitely a family piece. I liked the diversity and folklore they included though, that was nice to see in a YA novel.

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