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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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4 stars from the kid, 3 from me. Whiny narration.

My 9 year old son loved it, but it was just ok for me... I think part of my issue was the performance. The reader (very) frequently used a plaintive, pleading, whining tone that just went right through me like a bullet and made me very impatient with the book at times and probably colored my opinion of Aru for the worse. Apart from all the cool cultural stuff and mythology, the story was pretty standard kid hero’s journey material.

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JUST PLAIN GENIUS!

She is just plain genius!
Old stories told in different light with a 21st century flair and a modern feministic twist. There's humor when you don't expect it. It's fantasy at its best. And just super fun to read.

I'm buying this book for myself and my nieces as well. I think it's just so powerful to read about every day girls becoming heroes! And if you are Indian, you also get to teach about the religion/culture without the misogynistic parts :D
Thank you so much!

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Whiny Narration and lackluster story

The story is ok but not as engrossing as a Rick Riordan saga. The main issue is the narration. It’s read in a whiny high pitched 1990s Disney Princess voice. Like, see we have a female hero, but don’t make her too strong or too confident. It pained me to listen after awhile though it didn’t seem to bother my 9 year old daughter who liked the story.

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the child in me.

th child in me loved it the adult in me was intrigued. And loved it.

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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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Solid Middle Grade Fantasy

Cute, fun, creative: loved the girl-power, themes -- supportive friendships, facing down fears, standing up for beliefs & oneself. sometimes the read slowed with the author's explanatory myth information style.

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From a memory of a 9 year old

I’m like 12 and this book is still my favorite, it open doors for me it was first book that I picked out on my own ,it drew me in with sarcasm and jokes and Roshani Choksi made it possible to make but also put narrative descriptions that would normally made me bored but somehow she managed to thread all together and make the best story and now I wanna be a writer too.

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wow

run out of the spaw screaming guess who's kicking demonic butt with a ping-pong ball