The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Truman Nominee 2012/13
Elizabeth takes an after-school job at a library...but not just any library. The New-York Circulating Material Repository. And she loves her job. Not only does it get her out of the house, away from her Dad and the new step-mother and sisters, but the library is filled with the most interesting objects that can be loaned to patrons. You can check out Mary Antoinette's wig, or a doublet for research for a play by Shakespeare. But strange things keep happening, and Elizabeth swears she has spotted the gigantic bird that everyone is whispering about following her. Then she gains the trust of Mr. Rust, gaining her access to the Grimm collection, a room filled with magical artifacts collected by the Grimm brothers from fairy tales. But oddly enough, Elizabeth discovers that some of the magical items are not in fact, magical at all any more, including the mermaid's comb that she herself had checked out. Can she and the other library pages figure out who is behind the magical thefts before they are considered the prime suspects?
I loved this book! I found the storyline fresh and exciting. It is clean, so I could see myself recommending it to our younger library teens, but the adventure holds enough mystery, that I think older teens will enjoy it as well.