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The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm Series #1)

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm Series #1)

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by Michael Buckley, Peter Ferguson

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In book one of this bestselling series, sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. The sisters learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files. The girls are the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, and their new hometown is filled with


In book one of this bestselling series, sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. The sisters learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files. The girls are the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, and their new hometown is filled with Everafters (as magical folks like to be called) - some good and some very, very bad. When a mysterious Everafter sets a giant loose on the town, itÆs up to the Sisters Grimm to save the day.

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At almost twelve, Sabrina is a savvy survivor. From the day her parents disappeared, she and her younger sister Daphne have been shuffled from one horrible foster home to another. When the book opens, she and Daphne have been sent to Ferryport Landing to a woman who claims to be their grandmother. Unfortunately, Granny Relda is a genuine nut case. However, Sabrina's doubts are dispelled when she sees the giant for herself and meets a host of fairy tale creatures, from Prince Charming to the Big Bad Wolf. When Granny is captured by the giant, Sabrina and Daphne must discover who has let the giant loose and rescue their grandmother. Then Sabrina learns that the Everafters (as the fairytale creatures prefer to be called) can't leave Ferryport Landing until she and her sister are dead! In this modern-day fairytale, Buckley has succeeded in creating a sympathetic heroine with a realistic voice plopped down in a fantastic setting. Most lovers of fantasy fiction will enjoy this book. It may even delight girls who enjoy realistic fiction because of Sabrina's plucky personality. 2005, Amulet Books/Abrams,, 304 pp., Ages young adult.
—Virginia Beesley
Move over Violet, Klaus, and Sunny! You'll be sharing the stage with seven-year-old Daphne and 12-year-old Sabrina, the Grimm sisters, descendents of the Brothers Grimm! Fans of Lemony Snicket will adore this new series. Imagine that the fairy tales we read as kids were actually true and were written down as historical accounts, and the Everafters, the name fairy tale creatures prefer, live alongside humans, using magic to hide their identities. Finally, imagine a destructive giant loose in the town. Welcome to Ferryport Landing, home of Relda Grimm, and grandmother to these girls. After their parents "disappear," they are forced to live in foster care and eventually come to live with their grandmother, who moonlights as a detective. She is also the keeper of Snow White's mirror, which helps her keep the peace between humans and Everafters. Prince Charming is the mayor of the town and appears at first to be responsible for the giant's destruction. The Three Little Pigs are the police force. It is not until the end that we learn that Jack, from "Jack and the Beanstalk," is actually looking for a publicity stunt to return him to his former glory. The twists and turns of the plot, the clever humor, and the behind-the-scenes glimpses of Everafters we think we know, will appeal to many readers. KLIATT Codes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2005, Amulet Books, 304p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Annette Wells
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Michael Buckley starts off with a bang in this energetic book (Abrams, 2005). Daphne and Sabrina Grimm have been tossed from one bad foster home to another after the disappearance of their parents. Now the grandmother they had been told was dead has sent for them. Naturally there's a measure of distrust, and it only increases when their new home of Ferryport Landing starts getting stranger and stranger. The girls soon learn they are from THE family Grimm, and their new home is full of "Everafters"-fairy-tale and other literary characters who are held in this town by the existence of the Grimms, and who are not necessarily happy with the situation. When Grandma is kidnapped by a giant, the girls must suspend their disbelief and go to her rescue, using whatever magical tools come to hand. But in a world of pixies, witches, and giant-killers, finding a trustworthy companion might be a problem. This is a wild ride with a corrupt Prince Charming, the Three Little Pigs in charge of the police department, and a wise-cracking Puck who may or may not be on their side. Facing problems together stretches the girls' ingenuity, and brings all the Grimms closer, while setting the stage for the next book in the series. L.J. Ganser reads the story with good pacing and a lot of verve, creating different voices and accents for the characters and bringing Buckley's story to vivid life. Listeners will enjoy the fast-paced action and grin at the humor, while delighting in the chance encounters with characters they should recognize from other stories. This definitely bodes well for the rest of the series.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers will definitely have to be up on their folktales, as well as children's lit classics in general, to catch all the references in this terrific, head-spinning series opener. Dumped roughly out of foster care into the arms of Relda, a twinkly-eyed woman claiming to be their grandma, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, 11 and seven, find themselves in Ferryport Landing, a seemingly normal New York town originally (and more accurately) dubbed Fairyport Landing. It's inhabited by the likes of Mayor Charming, three chubby cops named Boarman, Swineheart and Hamstead and vulpine Mr. Canis-all transported overseas for their own safety long ago by four-times-Great Grandpa Wilhelm Grimm. Borrowing a flying carpet and a certain pair of silver slippers from a fashion-conscious Magic Mirror, Sabrina and Daphne quickly find themselves springing the renowned Jack from jail to help deal with a destructive giant who has snatched Relda. All is, however, not as it seems. Rich in well-set-up surprises and imaginatively tweaked characters, this tongue-in-cheek frolic features both a pair of memorable young sleuths and a madcap plot with plenty of leads into future episodes. (Fantasy. 10-12)

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Sisters Grimm Series , #1
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael BuckleyÆs previous books include a New York Times bestseller, a Kirkus Best Fantasy Book, and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum winners. He has written and developed television shows for several networks. He lives with his wife, Alison, in New York City.

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The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 383 reviews.
Book-Lover568 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series, think exactly what the title says, and I would love for Mr. Buckley to come out with the 8th book. This book is docoiusaliexpeisticfragicalirepus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Cookery More than 1 year ago
I'm not a child psychologist but I believe author, Michael Buckley has gifted the middle graders of today with his creation of the Sisters Grimm series. At a time when adolescence is looming up ahead and plush toys are packed away, the protagonists in The Fairy Tale Detectives successfully mirror the average ten-year-old's conflicts. And successfully soothe worries away. By introducing less than perfect princesses and pigs from famous fairy tales, Buckley allows readers to embrace the fantasy world of the six-year-old while encouraging a soupcon of suspicion that all is not what it appears in the world. Although hugely entertaining, this adventure also provides a place where greater acceptance of self and reality are fostered.
Victoria-Star More than 1 year ago
Ah, the sister's Grimm. Ever since I picked up the first volume at a bookstore i have long been a fan (that's about 2 or 3 years, to be exact) These books got it all, baby! Fun, humor, sparkles of romance (esp. as the series progress) adventure, mystery, SUSPENSE...they're plain awesome and undoubtedly one of my favorite series of all time for me. Sabrina and Daphne set foot into a magical town, where almost all the residents are REAL fairy-tale characters. Think Disney World- Snow White teaches kirate, Prince Charming runs the town, Sleeping Beauty owns a cofee shop. Sounds fun right? Well, there's more, lots and i mean lots of these characters arent as, well, fluffy and charming as you may tend to believe. Most are downright wicked, and despise humans. so when Sabrin and Daphne are sent to live with their grandmother in this little magical town, it sets off a chain of funny, adventrous, and simply delightful reads. So far, there are 7 in this series. Each one better than the next. As for content? Look no further. Absoutle no language and no sex. Kisses and flirtations are shared, sometimes more strongly as the series progress, but nothing you could even call sensual. Violence is kept at a minium, but there may be just enought to ward off younger kids. There is plenty of crude humor (sometimes it makes me squirm- thats my only dislike of these books) but it's nothing bad, think Shrek crude humor. To grasp the delight of these books, i would reccomend readers 10/11 and older. Adults will adore these series, and catch things kids do not. It's pure fun and charm for all ages. The covers are simply beautiful, and the illustraitions are loveable and classic-worthy. These books are a classic all their own. I believe the true Brothers Grimm would be so proud, if not a little green with envy at all the hype and attention these strong girls are getting. I can promise that if you read this series, you will NOT be dissapointed. ~Thanks for reading! Check out my page and my other reviews! God bless!!~
Balina More than 1 year ago
That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read to my second grade class everyday and have for ten years. Very few books get the response 'The Sisters Grimm,' did. All the kids sat still and listened each and every day when I read from this amazing, suspenseful and often hilarious book. Sabrina is such an amazing character. Her interior life is so developed, it's astounding. She's just so REAL! My kids have enjoyed this book so much that I've decided to use fairy tales as a theme for their story-writing lessons we're going to explore the works of Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, and so on. I already have several children asking when the next Sisters Grimm book comes out. I can't wait either, and not only because my class was so well-behaved when I read to them from 'The Fairytale Detectives,' but because I'm a fan as well. The humor is character and situation based -- NOT toilet based, and that is such a welcome relief. But the story is what's so fantastic. It's wonderful. What's also unique is to see the boys in the class not even questionning or moaning that the two main characters are girls! They're so caught up in the book, I don't think it's even crossed their minds. Then again, Sabrina is a very tough cookie! And Daphne is no prissy girl either. Anyway, this author's voice is so fantastic, and he does such a great job telling a story that I hope keeps writing! I would love to see a dozen books in this series! The kids love it! So, I figured the best thing I could do was write good review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever i recommend it and do not agree with the people that dont like it. It is sooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awsome!!!!!!!(I Vote for puck and sabrina)
FunTeach More than 1 year ago
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have lost their parents, lived in many inhospitable foster homes, and found out the grandmother they thought was dead is actually alive and well and going to be their new guardian. The girls' first impression of their new home of Ferryport Landing is not good. It does not get any better when their grandmother tells them they are the great, great, great, great, great granddaughters of the famous Wilhelm Grimm of Grimm's Fairytales. It gets even worse when she tells them that the stories are real. The girls are concerned about living with the crazy woman, but when they see the giant from Jack in the Beanstalk, they begin to realize that Ferryport Landing is perhaps not quite what it seems. This book is filled with fantastic descriptions of the Everafter characters. There is lots of humor which makes this a fast and fun read for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomened reading the sample first. If you love the sample try to read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It had suspence, and it is a real page turner! I would recomend this book to anyone who likes suspence and adventure!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Michael Buckley begins this children's series with a compelling premise: The stories of the brothers Grimm and other fairy tale originators (Hans Christian Andersen, etc.) are all true. In a Tolkien-style spin, fairy tale creatures (called "Everafters") used to coexist with humans, but since then they have been exiled to a small town near the suburbs of NYC. The Grimm family is still around, monitoring the Everafters and suspicious crimes in the area. Unfortunately, this premise offers little compensation for having to deal with Sabrina Grimm during the first half of the novel. Recently orphaned under odd circumstances, Sabrina (age 11) and her younger sister are sent to their mysterious grandmother whom the girls were told had died years ago. This all occurs in the first chapter. From there to the halfway point, readers are privy to Sabrina's numerous railings against Granny Grimm proclaiming her as a fraud and a lunatic. After the halfway point, when the author finally lets Sabrina be an effective character instead of her previous killjoy self, the story picks up. Sabrina also becomes tolerable to read about. At times Buckley seems to forget that he is writing a children's novel--perhaps hoping to imitate Jasper Fforde's more effective integration of fictional-characters-as-real-people into his popular Thursday Next novels. This creates scenes that seem incongruously gory, some characters even seeming vicious, especially when, at other points, Buckley seems to be at pains to avoid writing about violence (particularly with the circumstances of the girls' being orphaned). Buckley seems uncertain of his audience and his own style--which changes throughout the narrative. Overall, the story reads more like a setup for future books rather than an actual story that can stand alone. Hopefully, now that Sabrina is out of her funk and the premise is in place, the sisters' future adventures will be more enjoyable to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite series i have read book 1 which is this one and i am on book 2 page 90 trust me when i say it gets better enough were you can not stop reading about thisi promised myself i was going to read all the books book 8 and the other one coming soon book 9..............
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it i cant get enough of it i just keep reading i wish they would make a movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and it really makes you want to keep reading. Just by the way the words are written, its so well described!! SO FAR SO GOOD!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly I didn't get to finish the book,but from what I read it was amazing.Every other sentence was amazing.I couldent believe what was written.
Merfairy613 More than 1 year ago
An amazing series that brings fairy tales to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very exciting and I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome series. I love it so much! The pictures look scary but once you read it is not scary at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mr. Canis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wen i got to the second page i was like they should make this a movie i got my babysiter reading :D lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY GOOD lots of mystery !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good I give the series 9,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars. Read this book ot will change your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michel Buckly is one of the authors I love the MOST.He is very creative in his boo i'm glad that he used the Brothers Grimm characters in his stories.KEEP IT UP!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate this book as a four. Its really good, but you kind of have to like fairytales. If you like fairytales, this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was honestly the best series I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books. Michael really expresses a lot of feeling, and obviously put a lot of harf work into not only just this book, but the whole series. The adventures the Grimms go on are amazing, and how Michael thinks of them, I do not know. The details he puts in the book make me feel like I am right there with Sabrina, Daphne, Puck, Granny Relda, Uncle Jake, and I could go on and on, but my point is, this is a book that I insist anyone with an urge to read an amazing mystrey book, shall not miss out on.