Aru Shah and the End of Time

Adapted by Joe Caramagna and illustrated by Anu Chouhan, this incredible adaptation brings new life to Roshani Chokshi’s New York Times bestselling novel, Aru Shah and the End of Time. This middle school adventure based on Hindu mythology is an attention-grabbing, humorous tale of growing up and learning things the hard way. 

Aru Shah, our twelve-year-old main character, is a very realistic and human protagonist who makes mistakes, poor choices, and learns from it all. This story starts off with Aru accidentally causing all of the problems that her and her friends have to resolve. We also quickly find out that Aru has a bad habit of lying—constantly—which gets her into some pretty sticky situations.

Three of Aru’s classmates show up at her mom’s Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture and challenge Aru to prove some of the crazy stories she’s been telling at school. They are particularly interested in the Lamp of Bharata, which turns out to have been serving as a prison for an immortal being.

Author Chokshi weaves in compelling background information taken directly from Hindu mythology about the origins of these artifacts and gods. She keeps the pace of the story going by focusing on the most captivating facts about the Hindu folklore, while the characters sort through all sorts of unexpected problems. 

Illustrator Anu Chouhan fills the pages with vibrant colors, including background hues that help set the tone for particular scenes. Readers will especially love the action scenes, which are filled with exciting representations of Hindu deities.

Overall, this is an awesome adaptation. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this series being adapted into graphic novel format. This fantasy series is very popular with middle schoolers at my library and it’s great to be able to tell them about this adaptation after they’ve read the novel and discuss with them what they thought of the changes different formats of stories makes. Readers who enjoyed the novel version of this adaptation will not be disappointed. I highly recommend adding this new series to any middle school library collection and watching for the second installment to come out.

Aru Shah and the End of Time: The Graphic Novel
By Roshani Chokshi, Adapted by Joe Caramagna
Art by Anu Chouhan
Rick Riordan Presents, 2022
ISBN: 9781368075053

Publisher Age Rating: 8-12

NFNT Age Recommendation: Middle Grade (7-11), Tween (10-13)

  • Kendra

    Reviewer

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    Kendra Perkins has worked at libraries in Canada, the U.A.E., China and South Korea where she has been everything from Founding Head Librarian to volunteer. She was Ambassador of China for the International Librarians Network, and she was elected to be Coordinator for the Shanghai Librarians Network (SLN), which is a community of almost 100 library professionals from more than 20 schools. She has completed her ALA accredited Masters in Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta. She has traveled to over 90 countries, learned to speak basic Mandarin Chinese along the way and kept up with too many graphic novel series to keep count. She has led workshops, created webinars and done library consultations in fun places like Italy and Hong Kong. She has been a guest blogger for multiple technology and education related websites and is a published book reviewer for Urban Family magazine. Find out more at her website, which she should update more frequently: http://www.theinspiredlibrarian.com

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