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The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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 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.

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    From School Library Journal

    Grade 4-6–Buckley has created a world in which humans and fairy-tale creatures live side-by-side in rural New York in an uneasy alliance. Brought here by Wilhelm Grimm in an attempt to save them, the Everafters are now kept in check by the man's descendants. Enter Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, two sisters seemingly abandoned by their parents, who have been brought to live with a grandmother whom they thought was dead. Heartbroken and wary, the girls are immediately swept up in a mystery that includes giants, pixies, fairies, and witches. Readers well grounded in their fairy tales will get the most pleasure from recognizing the characters–Prince Charming, Jack-the-Giant-Killer, the Three Pigs, the Magic Mirror, and more–but the fast pace, sly humor, and cleverly inserted vocabulary lessons will entertain even those who are meeting the characters for the first time. Softly rounded, black-and-white illustrations and old-fashioned silhouettes at the chapter headings complete the first-rate design of this madcap adventure.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Gr. 4-6. After their parents disappear, sisters Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are placed with a grandmother they have never heard about. Sabrina, the eldest, is highly suspicious; why didn't their parents mention Granny Relda? She grows more concerned once they arrive at Relda's home in the New England town of Ferryport Landing, where Relda serves emerald-green meatballs in rooms lined with books about magic. Then Relda reveals the truth: the Grimms are descended from the famous storytelling brothers, and Ferryport Landing is a magical town, populated with "Everafters," characters straight from fairy tales. After Relda goes missing, it's up to the girls, and their new magical friends, to rescue her and stop a corrupt politician--a well-cast Prince Charming. Buckley's debut novel gets bogged down in labored world building and sometimes stilted prose, but the wild parade of magical folk in the gleefully fractured fairy tales (Snow White teaches school; the Three Little Pigs are policemen) may draw some fans. A second volume in the Sisters Grimm series, The Unusual Suspects, is also available. Gillian Engberg
    Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1251 KB
    • Print Length: 316 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0810993228
    • Publisher: Amulet Books (April 22, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004WOGZ9K
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    269 of 280 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Hardcover
    The author came to my son's school and spoke to a gymnasium full of kids. When my son came home, he couldn't stop talking about it. He thought the author was the funniest adult in the world. Apparently, Mr. Buckley taught the kids how to write their own fairy tale, and let the kids participate. From what my son told me, they created the story of a bald princess who had to shave the back of an elf in order to get hair. Anyway, I'd never seen him so excited to read a book. He was not disappointed and read the whole thing in two days. This book is over 200 pages! I couldn't believe it. I figured he'd forget about it, but then he said he found out the next one comes out on Halloween and he wants me to pre-order it for him AND, get this, he wants to read the original Brother's Grimm fairytales. As I remember, those are pretty messed up, but I suppose they can't be any worse than playing "Halo." Anyway, I started reading this book for myself, and I have to admit, it's brilliant and amazingly funny. I don't know if the Harry Potter books are this well written, but from what I've seen in the movies, they're not this funny. And it's not toilet humor. It's WITTY. In fact, I was surprised how much my son liked it, considering how smart it is. The author has won me over as a fan as well, and I'm a 41 year old man. Dear God, please don't tell my golfing partners.

    Anyway, I was so impressed I felt I had to write a review. Anything that can get my kid to read rather than sit on his butt playing video games is a godsend.
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    48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Whodunnit Once Upon a Time . . . January 25, 2006
    Format:Hardcover
    Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are orphans ever since their parents disappeared. Since then, they've been shuffled from foster home to unpleasant foster home. And the girls have gotten very good at running away. But that was before a woman claiming to be their grandmother took them in and brought them to the little town of Ferryport. Sabrina's of the opinion this boring little town is just another place to run away from. But looks can be deceiving . . .

    Michael Buckley has created a delightful new series that's part mystery, part fantasy, and part adventure. Ferryport is a special town, with an unusual population that includes pixies, dwarves, and all the other kinds of characters that ever populated fairy tales and legends. The Grimm sisters quickly discover that they are heirs to a family legacy that includes writing the continuing history of these "Ever Afters" and solving Ferryport's mysteries. In this case, that mystery includes the appearance of a giant. But not to worry, the Grimm sisters are on the case! Buckley manages to take the tropes of a good mystery novel and create a cast of fairy tale characters to fill the roles and provide the clues. The writing is intelligent and witty without overwhelming the young reader or becoming to simplistic for the audience. At two hundred and eighty pages or so, this will be a decent read for the youngster graduating from the shorter series work and still seeks for something in the same format. Even for an adult reader like myself, the story had me hooked from the beginning, and while I had some notion of how it was going to play out, even I was surprised by a few of the twists and turns the story took. Buckley creates some grand characterizations and a some very good chuckles, such as Jack working in a men's Big and Tall shop.
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    29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! November 27, 2005
    A Kid's Review
    Format:Hardcover
    The Author of this book came to my school about a month ago and everyone was comepletely entranced! About a week later we went to the school library and about five copies were sitting there. I was one of the lucky kids who got there first! This book is really great and I love how Michael Buckley combined danger, humor, and fun. This is a fantastic book, I' ve read the second one too, and I hope the 3rd one comes out soon.

    Emily
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! October 12, 2006
    Format:Hardcover
    Perfect for read aloud and extremely inventive. I highly recommend this series, although it might be a little scarey for very young children. My 8 and 10 year old children adore them and beg me to read them aloud every night.

    Fantastic series. I cannot say enough about these books.

    Clever plots, great characters, lots of humour that kids usually get, but parents will enjoy. And it is very, very fun guessing which 'fairy tale' character is which in the books.

    We would give 10 stars if we could!!!
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Skip the fluff, kids love great books! August 28, 2007
    Format:Hardcover
    My first-grade son is almost 7 and cannot get enough of this book. For the first time, we are reading something together that neither of us wants to put down. He begs for two more pages, and I cave every time.
    If you're not sure if your child is old enough for this book, buy it anyway and read it for yourself. This is the kind of literature that inspires a lifelong love of reading.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars avid fan of great kids books November 26, 2005
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    i love kids books, myself, so when i can pass one on to my kids that they in turn love - its a miracle. my son is mad for this book, he read it in record time and has not stopped talking about it. he raced to read the second one and is miserable that the third will not be out for another 6 months. he has decided that now he will read the brothers grimm fairytales in between to be more up to spead on them, and not just know the disney versions. thank you for a great new series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome. I read the entire series to my daughter
    This book is awesome. I read the entire series to my daughter. She is now 8 and rereading them on her own. She still talks about the books all the time. Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Icesicle
    3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever
    I know this is a kid's book but I thought if one more character rolled her eyes or said, "Whatever," I would scream. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Rivermama
    4.0 out of 5 stars ok
    Some of the parts I liked i and some I did not.the beginning was not that good but the end was good
    Published 1 month ago by skmboiler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best series ever
    I loved it: funny scary and awesome. I read the whole series and couldn't put it down! (from my 9 year old girl)
    Published 1 month ago by Laura
    5.0 out of 5 stars The sisters grimm 1
    I gave this book 5 stars bc it tells the story of how two sisters have a normal life then thrown in a orphan place then there grandmother who was supposed to be died takes them to... Read more
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    Great book!
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    My daughter has the series...and she loves it
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story- Best for second grade and up
    I got this book for my first grader and she loved it. It was not a book that she could read independently just yet. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    My daughter loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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    After a tragic accident I was bombarded with gamma radiation. Days later, I awoke to discover I had changed. Now when I am angered I transform into an enormous, green monster people have come to call "The Hulk." I faked my own death and I'll stay dead until I can learn to control the savage monster inside me. Wait a minute - that's the bio for Bruce Banner! No, I grew up in Akron, Ohio -- nowhere near any lab where gamma radiation research was going on. When I was a kid I was a roller boogie fanatic but that hardly makes me a monster...even if people were injured a few times when I would "shoot the duck." No, the closest thing I have to a monster inside me are my Incredible Hulk underoos! Does that count?

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