Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Would You Dare to Borrow From the Grimm Collection?

Elizabeth has been having trouble making friends at her new school. When she decides to write a report on the history of the Brothers Grimm she finally has something to focus on besides her lack of friends or her evil stepmother. Not only does she do well on the project, but her teacher tells her that he has recommended her for a job as a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository. She has no idea what a page is or what the job involves, but she needs money and she agrees to give it a try. As Elizabeth starts her job, she learns from two of the pages, Marc and Anjali, that she is working at a special lending library where objects are borrowed instead of books. The objects she has to find and help people borrow vary from common items to rare historical objects. The old building is filled with all kinds of twists and turns that Elizabeth knows she will have fun exploring. Making the job even more enticing is what she hears about the special collection in the basement called the Grimm Collection. It is supposedly filled with magical items found in the stories the brothers told, and they can only be accessed by people with special borrowing privileges. Unfortunately, Elizabeth can’t help but become a little nervous when she hears that there have been some strange occurrences at the library. Should she believe what she is hearing about the page that disappeared and the large menacing bird within the stacks? What should Elizabeth do when she discovers that Marc has been secretly borrowing a pair of seven-league boots from the Grimm Collection? After she is told that objects are being stolen from the Grimm Collection, is it time to turn in her new friend? Just who can she trust? Elizabeth will take you on a dangerous ride as she tries to find out what is going on at the New York Circulating Material Repository!

I love fairy tales and was thrilled when I found a copy of The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman at the book fair at school. I was drawn to the cover because it looks magical and whimsical. The tree looks like it holds a lot of secrets! Not only was there suspense and action, but I learned a lot about the Brothers Grimm along the way. I want to learn more about them and where they got their ideas from! Being a page sounds like such a blast! I already visit the library every chance I get, but now I am even more curious about what could be hiding behind some of the walls. I think Elizabeth is someone that I would be friends with because she is kind towards others and will go out of her way to help the people around her. Also, she tries to follow the rules, but is willing to take risks to solve mysteries. I think this book is great for anyone in fifth grade and up because the main characters are in high school and there is a little romance sprinkled in with the fantastical adventure. You won’t want to stop turning the pages and I bet you will be thinking about the objects you would want to borrow from the Grimm Collection.


Has anyone else read The Grimm Legacy? Or have you read another book by Polly Shulman?

Happy Reading! ~L

26 comments:

  1. I haven't read it, but I'd love to! I love the tv show Grimm and I really want to start reading more fairy tales/twists on traditional fairy tales etc because they're interesting! enjoy!

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    1. Hi Tyler-Rose, Lizzy and i both love all the different spins on the Grimm brother's tales. Great to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  2. Not an author or book I've heard of, you are right about the cover being magical.

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    1. Hi Petty, It is such a cool cover! It really puts you in the mood for magic : ) Thanks for stopping by to check out our review! ~ F

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  3. This didn't sound so wonderful, but your review changed my mind. It sounds like an unusual book. I am putting it on my vacation TBR list.

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    1. Hi Alex, Lizzy and I hope that you enjoy it! Happy vacation : ) ~ F

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  4. Oh great review and I do love the Grimm tales and reading new spins on them.

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    1. Hi LM Preston, Thanks! It was a fun story and we enjoyed reviewing it. Always a pleasure to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  5. I haven't read this but it sound great!

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    1. Hi Kelly, Fairy tales just never get old! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  6. I have not read it but it sounds so good!

    You are so right...I love the cover, too!

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    1. Hi Patty, I think you'll like it- the premise is really interesting and got us thinking about magical items, and what's more fun than that! Lovely to hear from you today : ) ~ F

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  7. sounds like a great summer book..thanks!

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    1. Hi Annmarie, You are welcome! We hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  8. Oh My God! I love you for posting this review. I feel like I've heard of it and if so I can't believe I could forget it because this book screams me. Thank you so much XD

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    1. Adriana- You are welcome! Glad to remind you of a book you might like! It does seem like a book you would enjoy and I bet you can think of items you would like to borrow from the Grimm Collection! ~L

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  9. When I have enough money, I'll have this ship to me via Book Depository. This one's too good to be missed. Besides, I love fairy tales, too! :)

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    1. Nancy- So nice to have you stop by! I hope you enjoy this one- it got me thinking about all of the fairy tales I have read and enjoyed. :) ~ L

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  10. No, I haven't read her book, but you're right, the cover lures you in. From the summary you wrote I've put it on my list of books. I really appreciate discovering new reads. Very helpful.

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    1. Cleemckenzie- I could look at the cover all day! I hope you enjoy the story. It is always fun to find new books and authors. :) ~L

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  11. This sounds fascinating; I can’t wait to read it. I love libraries, especially when they are housed in old buildings. I would love to visit the New York Circulating Material Repository!

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    1. Barbara- I love libraries too! It would be such fun to tour some of the unique libraries out there! ~L

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  12. This sounds like another great read. You do find the best books.

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  13. Thanks, Donna! It is a fun read. :) ~F

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  14. S.E.- Me, too! I am so excited that there is a second one. So fun! ~L

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