Day two of Summer Vacation. Just finished my first book. THE GRIMM LEGACY by Polly Shulman. Just the perfect antidote to awaken my inner summer reader. (You know the one who gets to read without feeling guilty that she's putting off grading or class prep - yep that's her. She emerges every ten months or so and to the consternation of my husband. I just can not stop reading for the first two weeks of Summer Vacation.)
Back to Shulman's book. It's charming. It so many ways - first in the magical sense. Reading it did transport me to another world other than mine. If you're a bibliophile who trolled libraries as a child, the love for the collection of books as well as the library itself is awakened as you turn each page. Of course Elizabeth would speak to you if you found yourself trolling libraries instead of cheering at pop warner games or attending junior high dances - she's your average girl's heroine. Not too pretty and not in the least popular - new kid in school who tries to do the right thing.
Elizabeth has always loved fables and stories. This love inspires her to write a paper on the Brother's Grim for her history teacher. Her teacher recognizes her passion and gives Elizabeth the opportunity to work in a depository of things - much like a library. This new job opens the door to consider that the fables and tales she devoured as a child may contain some truth in them. Soon, Lizbeth along with her friends from the depository are off on an adventure to ensure that the magical talismans from the stories we grew up on don't wind up in the hands of the wrong person.
I enjoyed beginning my summer reading adventure with THE GRIMM LEGACY. It transported me for a few magical hours. The connections Shulman made to fairy tales and myths reminded me a bit of Richard Riordan; so if you liked his LIGHTENING THIEF, you'll probably enjoy this book as well. As a middle school teacher, I recommend it for readers aged 10-14 and fantasy lovers of any age. If you're interested in learning more about THE GRIMM LEGACY or its author, Polly Shulman, here's a link http://www.pollyshulman.com/.
Now on to book two . . .