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Bree Campbell
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Biographical Information
World Our World
Title(s) Unknown
Also known as Breanne Campbell-Bailey
Physical information
Species Human, with magic in her blood
Gender Female
Age 16 (per Worlds Collide)
Hair colour Blonde with a streak of pink and blue
Eye colour Unknown
Other Traits Always wears a purple beanie and an earbud in one ear
Family information
Family Members Grandmother Anneliese [mention only], Mr. Campbell (father, mention only) & Mrs. Campbell, 3 younger sisters [mention only], Stephen Campbell [grandfather, mention only], Cornelia Grimm [grandmother's cousin], Conner Bailey (husband)
Affiliation Friend of Conner Bailey
Land of Stories
First Appearance A Grimm Warning, ch 1
Appeared in Book(s) A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, An Author's Odyssey, Worlds Collide

Background 

Bree Campbell is an original character from The Land of Stories series.

Bree is a girl of school-going age from Our World. She shares Ms. York's English class with Conner Bailey. She first appears in A Grimm Warning. She is part of a school trip to Germany with Conner and ends up joining Conner on his adventure to save the Land of Stories.

When she grows up she becomes a senator for the United States, as mentioned in Worlds Collide. She also published at least 5 books.

 Appearance and Personality

"Bree was unlike any girl Conner had ever met. She was always very calm and cool, never raised her voice for anything, and never seemed to let anyone or anything affect her in any way. She had blonde hair with a streak of pink and blue in her bangs. She usually wore bracelets and wristbands by the dozen, always wore a purple beanie, and had an earbud plugged into one ear whenever she could."[1]

Bree, as mentioned above and noted by Conner, is calm and composed, keeping her cool regardless of the situation. She likes reading murder-mysteries and likely through the genre's influence, she becomes very observant, calculative, and intelligent. Like Conner, she also writes short stories, though hers are slightly more macabre and feature zombies.[2]

"It dawned on Conner that what most people found frightening, Bree found intriguing. And knowing this about her both frightened and intrigued him."[3]

She has a habit of speaking her mind, regardless of whether or not it is appropriate, which occasionally baffles (but impresses) Conner. Throughout the course of the third book, Bree has been shown to be smart, savvy, resourceful, manipulative, a great actress and capable of getting out of sticky situations. She lies very well and improvises in a lot of tough situations, easily getting herself and Conner past obstacles.

Bree is mildly incredulous that Conner is a bad liar, expressing her disbelief of his capability to achieve greater things when something minor has stumped him. Bree is smart and has helped Conner in place of Alex many times, playing a nearly similar role as Conner's sister, keeping Conner alive and the quest progressive. Bree can speak a little German, hinting at her German ancestry.

At the end of A Grimm Warning, Mother Goose tells Conner that the only way Bree could have gotten through the portal in less than 200 years is if she has some kind of magic in her blood and she may be a descendant of Wilhelm Grimm, possibly a nod at the fact that she loves writing short stories.[4] This is confirmed in Beyond the Kingdoms, though Bree and Conner do not meet in the 4th book, so Conner doesn't find out until book 6.

Relationships

Bree mentions having a grandmother who was born in Germany.[5] In A Grimm Warning, it is implied she is a descendant of Wihelm Grimm. This is confirmed in Beyond the Kingdoms; Bree is connected to the Grimm family tree via her grandmother's cousin Cornelia Grimm.

She also says her grandmother lives in Atlantic City.[6] Since Anneliese passed away a few years ago, this is probably her other grandmother.

She has three younger sisters who, according to her, talk a lot about boy bands and fictitious relationships from books.[7] Her mother, Mrs. Campbell, makes an appearance in Beyond the Kingdoms[8].

Bree admits to having a crush on Conner at the end of A Grimm Warning.[9] In Worlds Collide she promises to be his girlfriend. Later they get married at age twenty eight and have three children.

She used to have a friend called Stacey, whom she uses as an excuse to go visit Cornelia Grimm in Conneticut: she tells her mother she is staying with her, even though she is no longer friends with Stacey at all.[10]

Story 

1. The Wishing Spell

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2. The Enchantress Returns

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3. A Grimm Warning

Bree overhears Conner talk to Mother Goose via their magical communication mirror and offers to join him to help save the Land of Stories. She helps Conner retrieve the panpipe he needs to open the portal and helps him get to Neuschwanstein. She is sucked into the portal along with Conner and Emmerich. Conner sends her and Emmerich along with the royals on the hidden path to keep them safe. After the battle, Bree returns to her own world, but not before confessing to Conner that she has a crush on him (too).

4. Beyond the Kingdoms

Bree has developed a theory that she and Emmerich must have magical blood and may be descendants of Wilhelm Grimm, and a stack of letters between her grandmother and a woman called Cornelia Grimm, apparently her grandmother's cousin, strengthens this suspicion. She wants to go in search of her heritage, but isn't sure how. A talk with Lady Iris gives her a plan and a way to travel to Cornelia Grimm. She finds out her theory was correct, and she learns about the Sisters Grimm, a society of women who monitor the portals between their world and the Land of Stories. They have ways of predicting when the next portal will open, and tell her a large portal is going to open soon in New York city.

5. An Author's Odyssey

When Bree finds out that Emmerich has been kidnapped, she and the Sisters Grimm go to Germany to search for clues about Emmerich's disappearance. There, they meet the Masked Man and he forces Bree into revealing the twins' whereabouts. Later, she discovers that Emmerich is the Masked Man's son and that the Masked Man is after Emmerich's magical blood. She meets up with Conner and as they try to save Emmerich, they accidentally travel into one of Bree's short stories, "Cemetery of the Undead". They rescue Emmerich and the Masked Man is killed inside Bree's story.

6. Worlds Collide

When Alex disappears, Bree and the others brainstorm about what might have happened to Alex. She joins Conner, Red, Goldilocks, Jack and Hero on a trip to New York to find Alex. On the plane to New York, Bree tells Conner about her ancestry, the Sisters Grimm and the bridge that will link the two worlds. She helps the gang to get out of sticky situations, like building a bomb and suggesting ideas. Later she helps to defeat the witches' gingerbread army. In the end, she promises to be Conner's girlfriend when she isn't grounded. In the prologue, she is revealed to have died, presumably of old age.

Quotes

"Very simple and refined, that's how I'd like to be remembered."[11]

"Are you out of your mind? How are you supposed to save another dimension when you can't even get out of an airport?"[12]

"So far we've run away from our principal, kidnapped an old lady, lied to a concierge, and tricked an innocent German boy into believing we're secret agents. Does that make us bad people?"[13]

"I sound like such a teenager- so many emotions, so little time."[14]

References

  1. TLOS III, ch 3, p. 55
  2. TLOS III, ch 3, p. 60
  3. TLOS III, ch 11, p. 206
  4. TLOS III, ch 30, p. 451
  5. TLOS III, ch 11, p. 197
  6. TLOS III, ch 12, p. 214 - this is most likely her other grandmother, from her father's side.
  7. TLOS III, ch 9, p. 175
  8. TLOS IV, ch 7 p 110
  9. TLOS III, ch 30, p. 450
  10. TLOS IV, ch 27, p. 369
  11. TLOS III, ch 5, p. 98
  12. TLOS III, ch 9, p. 177
  13. TLOS III, ch 12, p. 226
  14. TLOS IV, ch 20, p. 270

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