Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

When Elizabeth gets a job at the library near her home, she has no idea that there is a secret room in the basement that holds objects from the Grimm Collection.  These magical objects even include the mirror that belonged to Snow White's stepmother!  When the objects begin to disappear, Elizabeth has to figure out who is taking them without being considered for the crime herself.  

My Impressions
This book was a lot of fun to read!  The very idea of the plot had me wondering if the author was going to be able to pull off something so clever without coming across cheesy.  She did!  I loved reading about fairy tales that I had never heard of, and Shulman did a great job of making sure her readers didn't get lost in descriptions of things that might not be familiar.  And, I loved the character of the history teacher.  The fact that a teacher might have a mysterious double life makes for a fun ride for both kids and adults!  Don't forget that much of the story takes place in a library - complete with pneumatic tubes used as a delivery system and a reading room for patrons!  And, by the way, if anyone out there knows where I can pick up an application for this job, please let me know!

The next book in this series is based on creatures and inventions from classic science fiction novels including a time machine!  The book is called The Wells Bequest.  Um, yes, please.

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