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Publisher's Note:

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 talks in riddles. When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime—or captured by the thief. Polly Shulman has created a contemporary fantasy with a fascinating setting and premise, starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary—and leads to a world of excitement, romance and magical intrigue.…

The Grimm Legacy

by Polly Shulman

Overall Book Review:

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman is a sweet and charming middle-grade fantasy.  The premise is delightful:  borrowing magical items from a repository!  Who wouldn’t be interested?  This premise gives Shulman abundant creative material and she does an excellent job of having fun with the concept.  The main characters are four teenagers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and there is a sprinkle of romantic interest.  Although the characters are teenagers, the gentle action and level of peril are a good fit for tweens.  The dialogue and pacing of the book weren’t gripping, but it did make one wish for magical borrowing privileges. 

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore: Mythical creature frightens and chases an individual; mythical creatures battle each other briefly (a mention of blood); magic spells cast on individuals (no permanent damage).

Sex/Nudity:  Characters “like” other characters; a couple is observed kissing on the lips and on the neck;  an image is seen in a magical mirror of individuals kissing passionately (no description); a character puts arm around another character on a few different occasions; characters kiss a few times in a brief scene (no description); character teases another character by saying there comes a time in a girls life when she starts to experience changes (a general statement and nothing more is said on this topic).

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!