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The Grimm Legacy
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Grimm Legacy focuses on magic, both good and bad, as schoolgirl Elizabeth and her fellow young pages at the Circulating Material Repository -- an unusual lending library of objects -- must restore lost items and rescue nearly lost lives. Dangerous enchantments and astonishing events take place against the backdrop of contemporary New York City. There's a villain whose greed knows no restraint, whose evil puts several characters in dire peril, and who will use his magic to try to do away with anyone who opposes him.
What's the story?
Elizabeth gets an afterschool job as a page at an object-lending library called the New York Circulating Material Repository, which houses unusual collections, among them one of magical objects. She's allowed to go in the secret, locked Grimm Collection and finds it has precious items from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including seven-league boots, a magical comb, a table that instantly provides feasts, as well as the infamous mirror used by Snow White's stepmother. Some of these objects seem to have minds of their own, and some are downright malevolent. Someone's stealing these magical objects and replacing them with look-alikes. But who has access to them? To solve the mystery, Elizabeth's drawn into a frightening chase and adventures with her fellow pages.
Is it any good?
THE GRIMM LEGACY is a splendid fantasy, full of suspense, adventure, a good-vs.-evil plot, and a hint of true love. A giant of a fairy tale!
Readers will be happy to know there's an exciting companion novel, The Wells Bequest, in which the New York Circulating Material Repository also figures.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why magic's such a popular component in kids' books. What other books featuring magic have you read?
How does the media represent magic? As superstition? Strictly for kids? A form of entertainment with tricks and illusion? A force in the universe?
If you could choose any magical object from a fairy tale, which one would you pick and how would you use it?
- Author: Polly Shulman
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Penguin Group
- Publication date: July 8, 2010
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 17
- Number of pages: 325
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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