The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman; 2010; $16.99; 325 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-25096-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 3/2/16-3/4/16
Why did I read this? When I am interviewing potential volunteers for the bookstore I often ask them about the books they like and are reading. One of our newest volunteers recommended this and it sounded similar to James A. Owen’s Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.
Elizabeth is recommended by one of her teachers to become a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository. Housed within the repository are objects including toasters, coats, hats, shoes and more which people check out for a variety of reasons. They use them as props and costumes and other purposes. Housed beneath the repository is a collection of items collected by the Brothers Grimm when they were researching their collection of stories. Some of the items in the Grimm collection,which includes among other things the seven leagues boots, Snow White’s Magic Mirror and the shoes from the twelve dancing princesses, are disappearing. Before she knows it she and her fellow pages are caught up in the intrigue of those who are swiping the priceless and sometimes dangerous artifacts.
Grade-A, really imaginative and great use of literature and its place in our lives.