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Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm, Book 5) (Bk.5) Paperback – August 1, 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
Book 5 of 10 in the Sisters Grimm Series

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About the Author

Michael Buckley’s previous books include a New York Times bestseller, a Kirkus Reviews Best Fantasy Book, and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners. He has written and developed television shows for several networks. He lives with his wife, Alison, and their son, Finn, in Brooklyn, New York. Peter Ferguson is a comic book and editorial artist living in Argentina.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Sisters Grimm (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MINOR SPOILER ALERT

Whoa, This book is weird. I don't really like time travel stuff that much; it messes with my brain. But this book was still a great book and very funny, and the ending:
Oh that ending!
I was jumping up and down demanding we go to the library and pick up book 6. My dad reads them too (after I read them), and I told him that Charming did something drastic in the end. He reads the book and he says:
"I thought you said he was going to do something drastic."
And I say: "That wasn't drastic enough for you?"
Him: "No. We all knew he was gonna do THAT. I thought he was gonna, like, kill Canis or something."

I looked at him like he grew another head.

So, enough of that, the book is awesome, and you should totally read it.
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I confess. I am well in to my thirties and had read all of the Grimm books before I thought to share them with nine year old son. Sharing them with him has been like sharing my best, most delightful secret. Every night it pains him to put the book down because he can not wait to see what happens next. And what is better than the sound of a child's laughter? Surely something you will hear often while reading this book.

Buckley does a fantastic job at blending fantasy (these are fairy tale characters, afterall) and reality (who have lives in the 21st century). His Grimm series is full of adventure, emotion, and laugh out loud wit (whether you are 9 or closer to 39). Book 5 feels very different from the others. Maybe it is because we have become invested in these characters. Maybe it is because of the plot elements Buckley introduces to this book. Time travel is nothing new to writing, but it certainly adds a spark to this book and really feels right at this point in the series (so glad it didn't happen earlier). And though Buckley always leaves us hanging at the end of each book, the ending to this one has got to be the best (one of many OMG moments in the book) and should be accompanied by some "duhn, duhn, DUHHHHHHH music in the background.

I have only two questions after reading Magic and Other Misdemeanors- 1) when is book 7 coming out??? and 2) who is the master of the Scarlet Hand?!?! Ideas anyone?
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I have really enjoyed the series since its inception.. I so enjoy the take on the Brothers Grimm and to think they have decendents and the whole world of make believe is still there..
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By Ashley on October 6, 2014
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This book is great. The topic is great and they let you under stand every thing that is going on in the book. Buy I would be careful about the age range that you let read this because there is some things that I wouldn't want a 6-9 year old reading. I mean it is a good book and it doesn't say any thing bad but it mite give littler kids night mares. So if you are a teacher then I would read this to your class if you get parent premises first. Buy I wouldn't read it to my class unless you are teaching 5th grade and up. Maybe not even 5th grade maybe 6th grade.
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if you're not a parent (i'm a grandparent but that doesn't count) you lose track of a child's progress from alphabet to spelling, from picture books to word books, from pictures and words to chapter books. here we are with a book of terrific imagination and easy story line (plus, bonus: it's a series!) perfect for early grammer schoolers.
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Synopsis:
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been shunted from one crazy foster family to the next. Every time they've had to run away. Why should they stay with a foster family when their real parents will show up and claim them? Finally, a family member is located. The long dead mother of their father. But when they get to Ferryport Landing they find out their parents might not have been entirely truthful with them.
How will Sabrina and Daphne handle living in a town full of fairy tale characters? Is Puck really that gross? Can Mr. Canis keep the Big Bad Wolf under control?

Rating: 5 out of 5

What I Think:
This is definitely my favorite children's series. There are fairy tale characters on every page. The books are full of battles, romance, gross liquids, and family. I fall in love with the characters every time I read this series. Sabrina is your typical, sarcastic pre-teen who just wants her family safe. Daphne is adorable and sweet but will beat you up if threatened. Granny Relda packs quite the punch. Mr. Canis will unleash his inner beast to protect the Grimms. Puck is just trying to deal with puberty and hormones. And Elvis wants to snuggle. Keeping up with this cast is the most fun you could ask for in a children's book.

“Puck stopped his drumming [on his belly] for a brief moment and grinned at Sabrina.
I hear they have a lot of plastic surgeons in New York City. If I were you I'd make an appointment for that face as soon as you get there," he quipped.
Sabrina scowled and shook a fist at him. "Keep it up, stinkpot, and you're going to need a plastic surgeon yourself."
Puck winked. "No need to get all mushy on me, Grimm.”

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Magic and Other Misdemeanors is the fifth book in the Sisters Grimm series. This is one of the continually most creative series I have read in a long time. We follow the adventures of Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, the latest decedents in a long line from the original Brothers Grimm. See, those famous brothers weren't making up fairy tales but recording actual, historical events. All those famous fairy tale characters (as well as some other well known fantasy characters) now live in the town of Ferryport Landing in New York. The Grimm family lives there, too, to keep these fairy tale creatures in line.

Things have been quiet in town for the last few months. Now that eleven year old Sabrina has embraced her family's profession, her grandmother has been actively training Sabrina and her younger sister Daphne. Together, the family is still trying to figure out how to free the girls' parents from the sleeping spell they were put under by the mysterious shadow organization The Scarlett Hand.

However, the family suddenly has a new case when Merlin's Wand suddenly goes missing. The witch who owned it blames the Grimm family and gives them only a day to clear their name as other items start disappearing. Meanwhile, the new Mayor Heart (formerly known as the Queen of Hearts) is out to rid the town of the entire human population by giving them impossibly high property taxes. Can the Grimms keep their home and find the missing items?

I've had a love/hate relationship with Sabrina in previous books, which has been a bit hard since she is our viewpoint character for the action. I have always understood her actions and point of view, but at times I felt she was acting like a brat. I'm pleased to say that I loved her here.
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