The Grimm Legacy – Review

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Title: The Grimm Legacy

Author: Polly Shulman

And while we’re on the subject of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, here comes The Grimm Legacy, a story set in modern-day New York City. Impressing one of her teachers, Elizabeth Rew manages to land a really cool after-school job at the New York Circulating Material Repository, which is sort of a cross between a museum and a library. People can check out items from the collection, and Elizabeth and the other pages are responsible for finding requested items and then putting them back once they’re returned. Not long after starting, Elizabeth begins to realize that fairy tales are real, and the special collections department houses objects from the stories she grew up with – including seven-league boots, the mirror from Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty’s spindle. Just as she’s getting over this shock, the magical objects begin to disappear. Elizabeth rallies the other pages to try to uncover the thief and return the objects to their rightful place.

This is a fun, frothy novel. Elizabeth’s home life bears a passing resemblance to Cinderella’s (although not quite as dire), and the combination of fairy-tale magic and New York City is tough to beat.  For middle school readers.

–Lisa, Teen Librarian

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