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The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
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The Fairy-Tale Detectives (2007)

by Michael Buckley

Other authors: Peter Ferguson (Illustrator)

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Series: The Sisters Grimm (1)

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If you like fairytales you must read this book. It is packed with all the fairytale people/creatures you love...plus the ones you hate. Sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been orphans since their parents disappeared. Every foster care placement has failed and now they are on to the next, a woman claiming to be their grandmother. Soon after they arrive at their new home in Fairyport, weird things begin to happen. First they meet Mayor Charming and then the farmer's house is destroyed by what appears to be a giant's foot. Their grandmother informs them that they are descended from the Grimm brothers of fairytale fame. All the fairytale characters now live in Fairyport, New York and are immortal. Her grandmother is a fairytale detective. Sabrina doesn't believe any of it and wants to run away. Daphne is a firm believer and is thrilled with her new home.

As the story progresses, it's an absolute field day of fairytale characters. They come at you on every page. It would be time consuming to try to name them all. If you love fairytales, especially fractured ones, then it's impossible not to love this book. Highly recommend. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
Really, 3 1/2 stars. I'm a sucker for fairy tale rewrites, and Buckley does a great job. He obviously knows and loves the original stories, and is having fun bringing them to light in a fast paced modern story. The main character, Sabrina, is hard to like, but her flaws give the book more depth and interest. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Fun, entertaing juvenile read. I think it should be a movie... ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
I am a sucker for Fairy Tales. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
More like 3.5 ( )
  capriciousreader | Mar 20, 2018 |
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Michael Buckleyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ferguson, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ganser, L. J.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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THE DENSE FOREST BRANCHES scratched at their faces and arms, but Sabrina and Daphne couldn't stop runny, though they had long since passed the point of exhaustion. Fear was fueling each step now.

Another thunderous bellow rang in the distance, followed by the terrible sound of falling trees and shrieking animals.

"We have to find a way to stop it," Daphne cried between gasps.

Sabrina knew her little sister was right. But how? They were two children versus a vicious monster.

"I'll think of something," Sabrina said, dragging her sister behind an enormous oak tree for a much-needed rest. Sabrina squeezed her sister's hand to reassure her, while she forced oxygen into her own burning lungs. Her words were empty. She didn't have a plan. The only thing going on in her head was the thumping of blood roaring through her eardrums. But it made no difference. It had found them. Splintering wood and damp soil rained from the sky as the tree they stood next to was violently uprooted.

The two girls looked up into the horrible face above them and felt hot breath blow through their hair.


What's happened to our lives? Sabrina wondered. When had their world become unrecognizable? And what had happened to her, the eleven-year-old girl who only two days ago had been just an orphan on a train?
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In memory of my grandparents, Basil and Relda Gandee
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I'm going to die of boredom here, Sabrina Grimm thought as she looked out the train window at Ferryport Landing, New York.
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Genre: Comedy and Humour, Mystery and Suspense, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Series
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810993228, Paperback)

In paperback for the first time, the Sisters Grimm take readers to a world where fairy tales are fact and not everyone is who they seem!

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, it’s up to the Sisters Grimm to save the day.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:51 -0400)

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Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

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