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The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley

The fairy-tale detectives (edition 2008)

by Michael Buckley, Peter Ferguson

Series: The Sisters Grimm (1)

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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.
Title:The fairy-tale detectives
Authors:Michael Buckley
Other authors:Peter Ferguson
Info:Lindfield, N.S.W. : Scholastic Press, 2008.
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This was a cute and clever book, and I enjoyed it. It was not as involved as Harry Potter (written for a younger crowd), but still very enjoyable. ( )
  RaggedyMe | Aug 12, 2023 |
I have so much to do but I started this series when I was in primary school and since half the books weren't out then I never finished so I'm starting again from the beginning to the end. It's really nice when you read something again from your childhood and it's still just as good as you remembered and not completely basic like a lot of our fav kids books turn out to be
  Deah | Jul 31, 2023 |
Buckley creates a world where Grimm descendants protect and police Everafters (fairy tale creatures). It was a bit of a leap to accept the characters of Grimm's tales alongside the Carroll's Queen of Hearts of Shakespeare's Puck, but their personalities and special skills aid the story well.

End of the book includes a brief history of the tales -- how they came to be, how they have been transferred/shared, and how subtle changes are made each time. Appendix also has brief list of references to fairy tale anthologies and urls for online collections. ( )
  MrsBond | Jun 27, 2023 |
This is the first book in the series and does a good job of introducing the world, several of the characters, as well as having a good plot to the individual book and introducing an overall ongoing mystery for the series as a whole. ( )
  Chelsea_K | Jun 25, 2023 |
Ages: 9-12
New York Times bestselling Sister Grimm series ( )
  lwensel | May 4, 2023 |
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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?
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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