The Grimm Legacy

The Grimm Legacy

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Elizabeth's new job is very unusual. The building where she works might not look very interesting but behind this ordinary Manhattan facade lurks a very special place indeed. Because here you can borrow anything your heart desires . . .

And in the basement is something so special, so secret, that Elizabeth can't believe her eyes. The Grimm Collection.

Powerful and mysterious items that must be kept safe and can't be lent out to just anyone. So when these objects start disappearing Elizabeth must investigate. But who can she trust? One way or another she has to find out who is stealing from the Grimm Collection . . . and for what dark purpose.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 141 x 199 x 23mm | 250g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192793101
  • 9780192793102
  • 256,641

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An intriguing take on fairy tales, set against normal teenage life. * The Bookseller * . . . the writing is almost as good as Robin McKinley's . . . * The Guardian *
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About Polly Shulman

Polly Shulman has written and edited articles about books, infinity, edible jellyfish, planets, circuses, and many other subjects for The New York Times, Science, Salon, and other publications. She is an alumna of Yale University, where she majored in maths. She puts cayenne pepper in her chocolate cookies and reads forgotten books with frontispieces. In high school she worked as a page at the New York Public Library's main branch, where the librarians
trusted her with the key to the special materials storage cage. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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15,812 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 31% (4,833)
4 36% (5,747)
3 26% (4,033)
2 6% (983)
1 1% (216)

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(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.) Elizabeth is living a fairy tale; one in which she lives with her (slightly) evil step-mother, has some annoying high-maintenance step-sisters, and her father pays her little attention. One day her teacher sends her to the New York Circulating Material Repository for an after-school job. Elizabeth thinks that this is just a regular library, instead though, people are able to borrow all kinds of things, from clothes to fondue sets. Once Elizabeth has worked there a while and is trusted, she is told about the 'special' collections held in the basement. These collections are only accessible using special keys, and are far from normal. One of these collections is the 'Grimm Collection'. An assortment of items collected by the Brothers Grimm which have magical powers, for example - the magic mirror from snow white, an invisibility cloak, and loads of worn out slippers from the story of the 12 dancing princesses. Elizabeth also finds out that items are going missing from the Grimm Collection though, and she is asked to help assist the librarians in finding out who is stealing the artefacts and why. This was an interesting story, but I have to say that Elizabeth was unbelievably naïve and trusting. Even when she caught someone with a 'stolen' item she believed them when they said they'd only 'borrowed' it! Amazingly this didn't get her into too much bother, but I did continue to be surprised by just how trusting she really was. There were loads of interesting ideas in this book, and the number of different magical items in the collection was also impressive. I have to say that I personally would not have been volunteering to try out the shrink-ray though! I would also have been a little wary of leaving a 'deposit' to borrow an item from the collection, especially when deposits consisted of things such as your 'sense of humour', or more worryingly 'your firstborn'! I did think that the idea of a large bird attacking people inside a library building was a little far-fetched, but then this was a book about fairy tales so fair enough. The mystery element of who was doing the stealing was a little convoluted, and then sort of got lost a bit at the end. Although a culprit was found, it was quite complicated as to how it was actually being done, and I had lost interest a bit by the time we got to the end of it all. Overall; an interesting fairy-tale theme book, probably aimed at younger teens. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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