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.
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by Polly Shulman
by Michael Buckley
by Adam Gidwitz
"Elizabeth's first after-school job is at the New York Circulating Material Repository. The Repository loans out rare items like Marie Antoinette's wig, Japanese tea sets, and even magical objects from the Grimm collection. Narrator Julia Whelan conveys a delicate sense of wonder as Elizabeth realizes magic mirrors and flying carpets really exist. The Repository's rules and regulations make for a detailed narration, but Whelan gives listeners a clear picture of Shulman's world. Whelan also shares Elizabeth's humor as she suffers from unrequited love and a lost sense of direction. Whelan's voices for the young children in the story sound adorable and add to its appeal. Elizabeth's adventures at this enchanted library and Whelan's charming performance make this a worthy listen. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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