The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Published: 2005

Series: The Sisters Grimm

Font: Adobe Garamond

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 284 pages

Setting: Ferryport Landing, NY, recent past

Interest: I’ve seen the series on the shelf in the library and it looked interesting. Sadly, they didn’t have the first book in the series (how annoying) so I had to request it from a different library. Sticking with my current “read more middle-grade book” theme, I figured it was time to check it out.

Summary: Sabrina and Daphne’s parents disappeared a year and a half ago, and they’ve bounced between awful foster homes and an orphanage ever since. Their grandmother has just come forth to claim them, but the girls were told their grandmother was dead. Sabrina is definitely suspicious and tries to run away sever times. She also thinks her “grandmother” is crazy when she goes out to investigate a crushed house and starts talking of giants. Turns out, there really are giants and it captures their grandmother and Mr. Canus. The girls need to come up with a plan to rescue them and it involves the help of Puck, Jack the Giant-Killer, and even Prince Charming.

Final thoughts: The book reminds me of Fables for kids. Personally, I’d rather read Fables (and I have), but it’s not really child appropriate. This series is perfect for kids. All the fairy-tales written down by the Brother’s Grimm (Sabrina and Daphne’s ancestors) are histories, not make-believe. The main characters of all the fairy tales now live in Ferryport Landing, usually looking human, but morphing into their true forms in times of high emotion.

I was a little annoyed that the book started with the orphan trope, but it turns out the parents aren’t dead. They’ve been abducted and spelled into a magical sleep by a mysterious, evil organization – The Red Hand. It seems the Red Hand will be the ongoing villain in the series.

Title comes from: The girls start to learn their family history when their grandmother takes them to a crime scene for a little detective work. They’re investigating fairy tale characters.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 10/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an F in my Title Alphabet Challenge

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