The Wells Bequest: A Companion to The Grimm Legacy by Polly Schulman
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013. 978-0399256462
Synopsis: When Leo witnesses the appearance of himself and a beautiful girl in his bedroom via a time machine, all of his perceptions of reality suddenly begin to change. Then, his teacher tells him about the New York Circulating Material Repository – a place that houses objects rather than books – and he becomes convinced that this is the place he will find both the time machine and the girl. And what Leo finds there surpasses even his wildest expectations.
Why I picked it up: I loved Grimm Legacy, so when I noticed it on the shelf browsing through the library I nabbed it.
Why I finished it: And so, we find ourselves back at one of the most fascinating libraries in modern literature. It’s a place known only to a few and whose secrets go even beyond the walls of the library itself. Leo wasn’t keen to believe science fiction was real until he saw some of the objects housed in the repository while researching his history of science report on robots. The things we read about in books couldn’t possibly be real…then again, he spends most of the book in a sort of state of disbelief at his own luck. First, he finds the perfect science project topic that plays to his strengths. Then, he finds a great place to do his research…at which works the amazing girl who appeared with him in the time machine! What I like about both Bequest and Legacy is that although the story itself draws on the fantastic, Schulman manages to keep the reader grounded in the real world. This time, she explores elements of science and the notion of scientific progress. It made me step back and think about just how much science goes into our daily routines, nevermind what sort of journey an object has come on to become what has become familiar to us. It questions reality while making us think about how much more there is for us to discover. So whether it be time travel, girls, libraries, or robots, Leo and the reader will have changed in numerous ways by the time we have reached the final pages.
Other related materials: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Schulman; The Poe Estate by Polly Schulman; A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz; In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz; The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz; The Sisters Grimm books by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Peter Ferguson; The Books of Elsewhere books by Jacqueline West; Secrets of the Book by Erin Fry; Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein; The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein; Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein; Wonderstruck by Brain Selznick; The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler; The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler; The Palace of Glass by Django Wexler; When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead; 13 Treasures Trilogy by Michelle Harrison