The Wells Bequest
A Companion to The Grimm Legacy
By Polly Shulman
(Nancy Paulsen Books, Hardcover, 9780399256462, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, returning to wherever—and whenever—it came from, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself!
His search for the time machine, the girl, and his fate leads him to the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray—and one very famous time machine. And when Leo’s adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on!
In this grand time-travel adventure full of paradoxes and humor, Polly Shulman gives readers a taste of how fascinating science can be, deftly blending classic science fiction elements with the contemporary fantasy world readers fell in love with in The Grimm Legacy.
Polly Shulman (www.pollyshulman.com) is also the author of The Grimm Legacy (a Bank Street Best Book and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist) and Enthusiasm. She has written for The New York Times, Discover, Newsday, Salon, Slate, Scientific American, Archaeology, and The Village Voice, among others, and edits news stories for Science magazine. She is an alumna of Yale University, where she majored in math. She grew up in New York City, where she lives with her husband and their parakeet.
* “In this stand-alone companion to The Grimm Legacy, the most extraordinary library in the world makes physical impossibilities possible. . . . Hilarious time-travel dialogue keeps the mood light. . . . In this exhilarating Repository, even the library-cataloguing system is juicy. A clever, sparky adventure made of science fiction, philosophy and humor.”
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“The inside-out plot construction is ably handled, with plenty of book-geek discursions into library and cataloging culture, but the standout feature of this novel is the character of Leo, whose enquiring mind and technical know-how, and whose unique relationship with self-confident Jaya, will draw readers into the science-fiction-made-real landscape.”
-The Horn Book
“Shulman once again crafts a marvelously engaging story that will have fantasy and sci-fi readers hooked. Tidbits about H.G. Wells and other famous writers are sprinkled throughout and will have readers seeking out their novels. In fact, this is a great tale that explores many aspects of time travel and science fiction without overwhelming readers in meticulous explanation. The adventure, danger, and hints of romance will have readers swiftly turning pages, anxious to discover each new surprise.”
-School Library Journal
"Following the fantastic events in The Grimm Legacy, the Circulating Materials Repository has plenty more secrets to share, and Leo, a frustrated inventor, is just the person to uncover them. . . . It's Leo and Jaya's adventure and sweet romance, as well as the enigmatic appeal of the repository, that keep the engines humming."