The Grimm Legacy

The Grimm Legacy

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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.

Polly Shulman has created a contemporary fantasy with a fascinating setting and premise, starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary--and leads to a world of excitement, romance and magical intrigue.

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Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399250965
0399250964
Branch Call Number: YA SHULMAN
Characteristics: 325 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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FindingJane Jun 03, 2017

This book struck me as being a kind of junior version of the “Inkheart” or “Libriomancer” series. Both of them deal with the idea of being able to use the objects you find in books. But Grimm Legacy is very careful about outlining the pitfalls as well as the sheer impracticality of using magical items. Who needs a ram’s horn that will let you talk to people far away when you have cell phones?

Of course, certain items will always provoke thieves, sometimes in unexpected ways. The ways in which a bunch of pages in one very special library use their wits and skills in tracking down purloiners, unearthing a conspiracy and dealing with mutual hostility, jealousy and suspicion were fascinating to read. Sometimes the bickering got to be a bit much. But it was always in the spirit of the characterization and didn’t bog down the storyline.

However, it was a bit bothersome to see rescue performed by three- and ten-year-old children. It’s bad enough that this story follows the notion that the adults can’t be involved because they won’t believe, will summon the cops or ground the children, what have you. But to see little children trumping the adolescents makes you wonder at whom this series is aimed. As an adult, I find it hard to root for little kids performing miracles when the teenagers around them are stumped.

Still, given that this deals with the Grimm märchen, especially some of the more obscure tales, I found myself more pleased than otherwise. Perhaps I’ll pull my Grimm tome from my shelves and reread it. You can’t fault any book that leads you to going over the classics.

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Herne
Jan 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. The whole concept of a repository for artifacts is a great idea and I think Ms Shulman will be able to get many more stories out of it. I liked the characters and I liked the way they interacted and the pull and tug of their relationships.
I couple of the problems that arose for the characters resolved themselves too easily I thought, but the wonderment at the places the story told of more than made up for the ease of resolution of the story.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series - or is it a trilogy?

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HernetheHunter
Jan 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. The whole concept of a repository for artifacts is a great idea and I think Ms Shulman will be able to get many more stories out of it. I liked the characters and I liked the way they interacted and the pull and tug of their relationships.
I couple of the problems that arose for the characters resolved themselves too easily I thought, but the wonderment at the places the story told of more than made up for the ease of resolution of the story.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series - or is it a trilogy?

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amythissun
Aug 21, 2015

This book is full of fantasy. I love how the characters's personalities are different. I hope the next book will be even better.

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red_penguin_987
Mar 14, 2015

Really good book. There is a library of objects and a really big bird. Great for ages 3-6.

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mfesas
Feb 21, 2015

I've read this book a few times and was still disappointed every time. It looked really interesting and had great potential but fell short of my expectations because the author didn't have an interesting enough story line.

natalie_g Aug 19, 2014

I read this book hoping to add to my list of older-elementary recommended reads. And although it certainly fits that category and I would recommend it to to a fantasy lover, it falls short of greatness. The characters are great but, there is untapped potential here. The Grimm artifacts and historical background could be highlighted a little more. The mystery at the center of the story is not such a huge mystery after all. The endgame of the villain is not as sinister as one might think considering the power of the Grimm objects. Overall, smooth entertaining read that leaves you hoping for just a little more.

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Jasmeet123
Aug 01, 2014

look really really good want to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Man123
Aug 01, 2014

goooooood book too read

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Seema0541
Aug 01, 2014

Pretty good book

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