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The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy #1)

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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 talk ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 26, 2016 Cara rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
Ms.Shulman totally gets fairy tale readers. When I finised this book I thought; Now why didn't I think of that?

Elizabeth at the moment is friendless. Her best friend has moved to California and she is still trying to get accustomed to her new home situation, new stepmother and two step-sisters who thankfully are at a college now. Things start to shift when Elizabeth decides to do her paper in history over the Grimm fairy tales. Elizabeth's history teacher gives her a recommendation to work at
Oct 13, 2011 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth-mg-ya
I really wanted to love this book, very attractive premise. But I found the writing surprisingly unpolished - like they skipped all the editorial passes and went straight to production. The characters, flat to begin with, became increasing frustrating, making stupid choices clearly only to twist the plot into a more hackneyed shape. The pacing was odd as well in the second half of the book, where the action scenes felt rushed and more ambient interludes were emphasized.
I wanted this book to be
Jul 02, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I can't resist books like this. The thought of a library that has magical objects you can actually borrow is amazing. I've always liked Fairytales (though probably not as much as Elizabeth) so the title is what really caught my attention.

We find Elizabeth in a rut. She has no friends at her new school, and all she does at home is chores and homework. So when she is given the opportunity for a job after school at an unusual library she takes it with optimism. And this new job of hers leads Eliza
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 31, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I was pretty sure I'd go 4 stars on this one, but finally had to go 3. I mean I know it's a YA book, I know that the protagonists are young but there's something that when it shows up in a read that simply drives me crazy...

Have you ever seen that TV commercial where the voice over says: "When you're in a horror movie you make really bad decisions". The people are arguing about "what to do". Should they "hide in the attic, hide in the cellar??? Then one if them says, "why can't we get in the run
Jan 24, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kidlit
Such a cool idea! There's a repository, half-museum, half-library, where you can check out everything from Marie Antoinette's wig to the shoes belonging to the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Special students are referred by their teachers to be pages at the repository, and there the fun begins. Sort of. I had a hard time getting into this book because, even though it was in first person, I didn't really connect with Elizabeth (the main character). We aren't privy to a lot of her thoughts and feeling ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Stacy rated it did not like it
Shelves: fluff-reading
There is something rather grand about finding a new, good book to read. And it is always disappointing to discover that the new, good book isn't all that good. "The Grimm Legacy", by Polly Shulman, was wonderfully writen, for the most part. The dialogue was weak in a few areas, and the plot was too slow in some spots and too fast in others, but these issues were easily forgotten as I continued reading. But, as is inevitable in "modern" teen lit, the author decided that her charming story couldn' ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
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Sep 06, 2016 Ash rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash by: Cara
This is a very original and magical story. I have always loved fairy tales of all kinds and I don't think I'll ever grow out of it. Maybe it's a girl thing. Either way I don't care because I had so much fun reading this book. Yes, I felt that I literally had fun.

Quick Overview: Elizabeth Rew hasn't been doing too hot lately. Her best friend has moved away, and she hasn't made any friends at her new school. Things seem to be finally going in the right direction though. After a referral from her
Aug 07, 2015 Vir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
El legado de los Grimm es una novela que me entretuvo un montón por lo curioso del archivo donde trabajan los personajes, todo el asunto de los objetos de los hermanos Grimm me encantó y me lo pasé pipa descubriendo cada uno y viendo como los personajes se metían en líos al utilizarlos. Una novela divertida, amena y muy curiosa pero que tira más al middle grade que al young adult.

So much fun! I adored Enthusiasm and have been waiting for Polly Shulman's second book ever since. Once again we have a charming high school girl learning about love and friendship in the context of classic stories, but this time the stories are folk tales.

Elizabeth Rew is having a rough year. Her widowed father has remarried and, with two stepdaughters in college, he can no longer afford the tuition for her old school or for her ballet classes. Her best friend has moved to California and Eliza
Nov 04, 2011 Lauren rated it did not like it
I tried two times to read this book and got about halfway through it the second time before I gave up. I really, really wanted to like it. The premise was fascinating: an enchanted library collection, and not of books, but objects--objects from famous fairy tales? It sounded like a perfect blend of reality and fantasy. But try as I might, I couldn't get into it. In part, I think, because it had a lot less to do with the Grimm fairy tales than I thought it would, I think. But mostly, the characte ...more
Nov 29, 2016 Amina rated it liked it
3 stars and a half

Elizabeth’s life isn’t really awesome lately, after her mother passed away, she couldn’t attend the school she wanted or keep her ballet lessons (her step-sisters college fees) and to make things worse, her best friend moved to California.
When she got her after-school job in the New York Circulating Material repository, she was expecting books, but, this was no ordinary library. The place was huge, with its stacks and dungeons, and filled to the rim with magic, especially “The
This is book #1 of a trilogy. I've been reading tween and young adult a bit more lately because of my 8 yr old son, who has a voracious appetite for reading like I do. I can barely keep up with him. I want to see what the kid world of reading has to offer out there, and I have to say, overall I'm disappointed. Maybe I'm spoiled after reading Harry Potter, but I just don't feel like these authors give the kids enough credit. I'm pretty sure they can handle more depth. That being said, this was a ...more
Arielle Walker
Aug 22, 2015 Arielle Walker rated it it was ok
Interesting concept, and it's great to read a children's book that isn't completely whitewashed - even if it wasn't done perfectly it's still a step in the right direction. It simply read too much like a set-up for a series, so the abrupt ending and odd structuring made no sense with the realisation that these characters were never going to appear again.
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
En definitiva este libro contiene una historia destinada al público juvenil en la que contiene cierto misterio que los protagonistas deberán resolver, también nos mostrará el valor de la verdadera amistad, todo ello acompañado de ese toque de "magia" que tanto gusta.
Oct 22, 2016 Tabby marked it as never-finished
Up until a minute ago this was marked as Never finished, but I decided to give it another try. Lets see how that goes.

This is going back to Never Finished
Apr 18, 2011 Chrissy rated it did not like it
Shelves: youth
I loved the concept of this book: What if there were libraries that lent out magical objects instead of books? The New York Circulating Material Repository is one such place. It's home of the Grimm Collection, which includes - you guessed it - magical items from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

So the idea was pretty appealing, especially to a librarian. BUT the execution was abysmal. I felt as though the story needed to percolate for a few more years before it was put on paper. Toward the
Oct 26, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Rew is about to find out how magical libraries really can be. After completing a research paper on the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers, Mr. Mauskopf, her social studies teacher, recommends her for a position at unique library. The New-York Circulating Material Repository is a library that specializes in realia, or objects of interest, rather than books. What is really interesting is that these objects are not just regular every-day ones, but important historical objects.

She arrives
What to say about The Grimm Legacy? It was strange, but in a very good way. Elizabeth gets a job in a sort of rotating library for objects instead of books. People borrow things and bring them back later. It can be something as trivial as a lamp, but then there are the special collections. Especially The Grimm Collection catches Elizabeth’s eye, but it’s not until everyone trusts her that she learns about the true magic of these objects. There’s a flying carpet, tables that set themselves, wishi ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing
“The Grimm Legacy” is Polly Shulman’s first novel. I enjoyed it immensely and would consider reading it to a Year 6 class; I would certainly recommend it to confident Year 6 readers, both boys and girls. Elizabeth is the main character in the novel. She is unhappy at home with her new step-mum and sisters, and finds refuge in the job which is offered her at the library. She is recommended for the job by her Social Studies teacher, Mr Mauskopf. Very quickly it becomes apparent that this is not a ...more
Dec 01, 2010 Jeanne rated it it was ok
The Grimm Legacy was a disappointment. Polly Shulman is a decent writer (Enthusiasm, her previous book, was a cute piece of Austen-inspired YA fluff), and the idea that not only do relics from fairy tales exist but also that they are kept in a special lending library sounded amazing. Unfortunately, unlike the artifacts, The Grimm Legacy has no magic in its soul.

Elizabeth, a Cinderella-esque teen who finds herself alone in a new school, is recommended for a page post at the New York Circulating M
Empecé este libro porque soy una apasionada de los cuentos de hadas, y me encanta ver como los retuercen para que cuadren en argumentos varios. La palabra Grimm en un libro ejerce un efecto magnético sobre mí.

Por desgracia, el libro no ha sido todo lo que esperaba, los personajes han sido bastante estereotipados (la Cenicienta, el borde, el atleta egoísta y la doña perfecta egoísta que se junta con el atleta egoísta en contra de la opinión de su familia). El argumento ha tardado lo suyo en arran
Elizabeth works in a magical library and solves a mystery. Overall, I found this book to be oddly amateurish - the dialogue, the background, and the plot seemed unrefined and kind of lumpy. It reminded me a lot of Connie Willis's Blackout; in both, amazing power was inexplicably given to very incompetent people, who then used it in unforgivably stupid ways. I understand this is a teen book, and as such you want to see teens as lead characters who get access to the magical objects. Just make it m ...more
I loved the premise and liked the heroine, but the plotting didn't really live up to them. It was entertaining, though, and I'll read her next book.
I didn't care for this book. Rather than write a super-smart and critical review, I'm mostly going to share my notes on the book. After ereading the last few and finding out how easy annotations were, I found I had to keep a notebook handy to retain that level of involvement. So here goes my spoilerific thoughts...

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Sep 23, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it
As a library employee AND an afficionado of fairy tales, this book captured my attention from the very blurb. It is the story of a young woman in New York City who goes to work for a lending library of objects, including some quite magical items from fairy tale lore. The Grimm Collection especially intrigues Elizabeth (as it would me), and she eagerly awaits the day when she can explore the collection. But all is not as it seems at the library. Magical objects are going missing, and Elizabeth ne ...more
Luiza Salazar
Aug 27, 2012 Luiza Salazar rated it liked it
I was so excited to read this book. I mean, A LIBRARY with all of the stuff from the GRIMM FAIRYTALES??? What's not to love. Well, a few things. The general story is great but that's kinda where it stops. The writing is so childish, evertything comes so easy, so efortlessly. The main character is the most standart, girl next door I've ever seen. She's not bitchy and it's cool that's she's always trying to see the good in people but seriously, who's like that all the time? And who is so freaking ...more
Dec 25, 2010 CLM rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Abigail, Lisa, Kate
I very much enjoyed this story of a lonely NYC high school student whose social studies teacher recommends her for a job at an unusual library. Instead of books, the library deals in magical objects representing classic fairy tales, and Elizabeth soon learns that someone is trying to steal these precious items. Having read and reread all of Grimm in a voluminous green bound hardcover that my grandmother owned I loved every fairy tale mention.

I do wonder, however, whether my niece (to whom I gav
Jenna H.
May 13, 2015 Jenna H. rated it liked it
The Grimm Legacy is a great book for readers who love fairy tales. Author Polly Shulman uses the Grimm Brothers stories to craft a funny and imaginative novel about a young girl who, while working at a materials repository, discovers that magic is real.

I like how Shulman is able to create distinctive voices for each of her main characters. While the story is told from Elizabeth's point of view, readers get a glimpse into the other characters through their dialogue and actions. I would have liked
May 17, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Elizabeth is just your average girl with two stepsisters and an evil stepmother when she does a report on the Brother Grimm for history class. This leads to her teacher recommending her to work at a special library that circulates interesting items rather than books. Aside from lending things like Marie Antoinette's wig, Elizabeth finds that there is a special collection for items collected by the Brothers Grimm... items that are magical. Unfortunately, someone has been stealing items from the G ...more
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Polly Shulman has edited and written articles about books, infinity, edible jellyfish, planets, circuses, and many other subjects for the New York Times, Science, Salon, and many other publications. She is an alumna of Yale, where she majored in math. She puts cayenne pepper in her chocolate cookies and reads forgotten books with frontispieces. In high school she worked as a page at the New York P ...more
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“What I mean is, all the terrible things that happen in fairy tales seem real. Or not real, but genuine. Life is unfair, and the bad guys keep winning and good people die. But I like how that's not always the end of it...Evil is real, but so is good. They always say fairy tales are simplistic, black and white, but I don't think so. I think they're complicated. That's what I love about them.” 64 likes
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