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The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
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Dec 25, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, ny, 21st-century, fairy-tales
Recommended for: Abigail, Lisa, Kate
Read on December 25, 2010

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 gave this for Christmas) is well read enough to really appreciate these references (and she is fairly well read, although not like my sister and me at that age due to having many other activities). Similarly, Enthusiasm, Shulman's earlier book, which I liked even more than this one, seems targeted at a better read audience than early teens. Does this mean that YA authors are writing for a much wider audience than previously? I noticed when I was at the library Thursday the YA librarian was distinctly unfriendly (librarians used to love me, at least the ones that weren't annoyed by my overdue books), yet surely she knows that adults are reading YA? She was not very well informed, either, as she told me to look for Tamora Pierce in the adult audio section and those books-on-cd turned out to be in the children's room. A helpful librarian might have checked for me before sending me off to the wrong floor.
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Miriam A lot more adults I know now read YA than was the case a few years ago. Not coincidentally, a lot of things that would a decade ago have been published as Fantasy are now billed as YA.

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