Book Review: The Grimm Legacy by: Polly Shulman


Putnam Juvenile

Publish Date:
July 8, 2010

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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.

Review: Elizabeth’s social studies teacher gets her an interview with the New York Circulating Material Repository – where nothing is as it seems. Instead of lending books, they lend out materials – clothing and other items. However, there are some very special collections – like the Grimm Collection – which holds items that the Brothers Grimm gathered during their travels. However, some of the most special magical items start disappearing and being replaced by ‘ordinary’ replicas. Without knowing who to trust, Elizabeth sets out to discover the truth behind the thefts, but she’ll need all the help she can get.

I was very impressed by the author’s writing style and the rich, inviting world that she created. I was utterly fascinated by the thought of there being a lending repository of magical items – flying carpets, seven-league shoes, magic mirrors, etc. – along with other more mundane objects. This was a story which drew me in and was hard to put down – it had mystery, magic, some romance, and adventure. I’d love to read about more adventures in the New York Circulating Material Repository!


  1. This sounds like so much fun. :) A unique twist to it too, I'm adding it to my wish list! Thanks for the review.

  2. I can't wait to read this one! Sounds really amazing! Just put in on hold for myself at the library!

  3. I just recently heard of this one for the first time and thought it sounded really interesting. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! I especially find the Brothers Grimm connection intriguing. Thank you for the lovely review!


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