Fresh Voices Middle Grade Bookclub
We'll be discussing Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.
Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by 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. 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?
Are you interested in new worlds and perspectives? Are you ready to think thoughts you've never thunk before? Hicklebees bookstores newest book club Fresh Voices welcomes you!
Readers ages 9-13 will choose a book to read and discuss every month, each book being written by an author of color. Join huge nerd and book lover Lucy Corona in discussion and exploration.
Interested in joining? Email Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know the child's name, age, and a parent's email address.
Bookclub members receive a 20% discount on the selected bookclub titles.
Hicklebees staff member Lucy Corona loves to read, bake, draw and best of all, she's a perfect example of a Hufflepuff. She loves puppies, traveling and singing along to Hamilton, and one day, she's going to make brilliant little movies about history, Chicanos and her family.
“Roshani Chokshi's foray into middle grade books is a fast-paced, thrilling quest bringing together Hindu gods with a character I loved deeply. Aru Shah is the perfectly imperfect heroine every middle grader needs. She's not rich, she's messy, she makes up stories to make her life seem better. But not even she can imagine that lighting the lamp her mother forbade her to touch would send her on the adventure of a lifetime. This is the perfect companion for lovers of Rick Riordan. In the first 100 pages alone, I laughed out loud multiple times. This book is a winner for all ages.”
— Shauna Sinyard, Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC