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The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

Posted by Caitie F on May 23, 2013

Title: The Grimm Legacygrimm
Author: Polly Shulman
Hardcover: 325 pages
Pub Date: July 8, 2010
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library – a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That’s where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales; seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White’s stepmother’s sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime or captured by the thief.


I love fairy tales and any book that includes them is something I really need to check out. This book looks at fairy tales in a very clever way – through the objects in them. And it turns out those objects are real, as is magic.

The creativity is this book is what stood out most. Every page seemed to have something new and imaginative. There were not just magical items, there were also regular items from history or even more modern items that people could borrow. It really made me start looking at the objects around me more closely and with some amazement.

The characters were such teenagers, and I mean that in the best way possible. They felt like real kids with real thoughts and language. At the beginning, the main character was irritating because she wanted answers to everything. It felt genuine though, so it wasn’t bothersome. This is what any teenager might act like. All the crushes in the book felt like they were realistic too. Everyone is at first attracted to the athlete or the gorgeous girl, but realize that someone else might make them happier. The pair of sibling relationships were also great and the dialogue sounded like what you would hear in bedrooms around the world.

All of this made the world feel so real and I half expected to go to the address in New York and actually find this place so I could check out the Grimm Collection for myself!

If you like fantasy, magic, or fairy tales, check this book out! The companion book is coming next month and I look forward to reading it!


One Response to “The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman”

  1. I’m not a fairy tale person but my sister adores them. I’ll have to tell her about this book.

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