Monday, January 10, 2011

The Grimm Legacy

Fairytales were something that Elizabeth and her mom enjoyed reading to each other.  When Elizabeth's mother dies and her father remarries, she finds herself feeling a bit out of place with her stepmother and stepsisters.  Elizabeth has only been at her new school four months when her favorite teacher, Mr. Mauskopf, gives her an assignment. After noticing she chose to write her paper on Grimm's fairy tales, he asks if she would be interested in a job.   Nothing could have prepared her for the magic she stepped into when she took the job at the New York Circulating Material Repository.  When Elizabeth learns the ropes and is finally given access to the Grimm Collection in Stack one, she encounters all the objects of her favorite fairy tales, from Snow White's mirror to the twelve pairs of fancy slippers from the dancing princesses.  This adventurous story has humor, romance, villains, magical creatures and even a flying carpet.  I would recommend this book to middle school students who enjoy fast paced action.

The Grimm Legacy is on the 2011 Lone Star Reading List.

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