We’re always excited when there is a book optioned and we have the possibility of seeing something that we love on the silver screen. We now have another book that we love coming to the big screen and we’re psyched.
Paramount has optioned Aru Shah and the End Of Time, a young adult novel by Roshani Choksh. The book debuted in the No. 2 slot on The New York Times Bestseller list.
The book was won at auction. The auction came down to Paramount and Netflix. I mean who isn’t looking to launch a new franchise? If there is a book that has that potential, Aru Shah and the End Of Time, is one of those.
If you aren’t familiar with the book, here’s the synopsis –
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah 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?
Sounds amazing, right? It is.
The novel is the first from Rick Riordan Presents, the new Hyperion imprint that is headed by the Percy Jackson author.
Have you read Aru Shah and the End Of Time?