The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Elizabeth is a regular teen age girl struggling with all the usuals of life – school, friends, challenging family situations when her history teacher recommends her for a position at the New York Circulating Material Repository. It's a special lending library with “everything from tea sets and hockey sticks to Marie Antoinette's everyday wig”. There's also the mysterious special collections though. One of those is the Grimm Collection – objects that are part of the tales told by the Grimm Brothers. Some are just ordinary historical items like the slippers that belonged to the twelve dancing princesses. Some are actually just as magical as the stories say. The problem is that someone's been tampering with the items and some have gone missing. Elizabeth and her friends have to figure out who can be trusted and solve the mystery before they are blamed or the real thief captures them.
I really liked it. Schulman did a great job of incorporating the fantasy elements without making it too over the top. The characters and story were all fun and interesting and overall it was just a nice read. I felt it was appropriate for the audience with mystery and action but kept the content clean. I'm excited to read some of her other writing and the other books in the series.
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