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Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Grimm Legacy is a fun read for those who love fairy tales, libraries and gentle teen romance.
 I especially enjoyed it because teenage Elizabeth gets a job as a page working in a special collection at the New-York Circulating Material Repository. It doesn't circulate books; it has objects to lend, from the very valuable, such as one of Marie Antoinette's weekday wigs, to the slightly less fabulous, like a glass bobbled Chinese headdress or Egyptian mummy's shoes made of papyrus and palm leaves. Once Elizabeth has proven trustworthy, she is able to work in one of the most unusual collections of all: objects from the Grimms' fairytales. These aren't mere representations. They are magical things like Snow White's Stepmother's insulting but truthful Mirror, German or French Table-Be-Set that both provide a tremendous amount of delicious food, and the difficult to control but handy for traveling Seven League Boots. Elizabeth is surprised and thrilled, but she and her fellow pages aren't the only ones impressed with the one-of-a-kind collectibles. Soon, it is discovered that somehow enchanted objects are disappearing or losing their powers entirely.  As things turn dangerous, it is up to Elizabeth and her friends to protect themselves and recover the magic.
I took pleasure in Shulman's imaginative story, her interesting similes and the nods to my favorite fairy stories. Also by Polly Shulman:

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