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The Grimm Legacy
Shulman, Polly.
Teen Fiction SHULMAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Shulman (Enthusiasm) intermingles classic fairy tale elements and modern-day conflicts in this clever novel set in New York City. The story begins when teenager Elizabeth Rew lands a plum part-time job, working as a page in the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," an institution housing rare objects to be lent to an exclusive circle of patrons. The most secret and by far most interesting section of the building is the basement, where magic objects mentioned in the Grimm Brothers' tales are stored. Much to the librarians' dismay, however, some of these valuable items go missing. With the help of her fellow pages, Elizabeth gets to the bottom of the mystery, but catching the thief poses enormous danger and necessitates the aid of some powerful equipment, including Snow White's mirror, a pair of winged sandals, and a magical golden key. Mixing tongue-in-cheek humor (like the magic mirror's blunt appraisal of Elizabeth's beauty: "Bitsy Rew is brave and true./ A pity she's not pretty too") with suspense, Shulman conjures an enticing slice of magic realism that fairy tale buffs should relish. Ages 10-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

What if fairy tales and legends weren't just stories? Elizabeth finds out firsthand when she takes an after-school job at an unusual lending library in New York City. The library houses the mysterious Grimm collection, which contains, among other magical objects, Cinderella's slippers, magic carpets, and Puss's boots. The adventure begins when objects start to go missing, and Elizabeth and her new friends take it upon themselves to track down the thief and preserve the magic before others steal items and use them for evil. The bizarre escapades that the group gets in will have young reader's hearts pounding and begging for more. Romantic intrigue also ensues as the friends find themselves turning to each other for support. Julia Whelan does a masterful job of switching between characters and conveying their youthful tones and excitement. VERDICT For young fans of fairy tales and fantasy. Both boys and girls will get into the action, adventure, humor, and fairy tale intrigue.-Erin Cataldi, Franklin Coll. Lib., IN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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