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The fairy-tale detectives, Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson

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The fairy-tale detectives
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The fairy-tale detectives
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Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson
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Fairy-tale detectives
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eng
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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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  • 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 (Reviewed 11-15-2005) (Booklist, vol 102, number 6, p58)
  • Gr 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 --Sharon Grover (Reviewed January 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 1, p128)
  • /* Starred Review */ Readers will definitely have to be up on their folktales, as well as children's lit classics in general, to catch all the references in this terrific, head-spinning series opener. Dumped roughly out of foster care into the arms of Relda, a twinkly-eyed woman claiming to be their grandma, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, 11 and seven, find themselves in Ferryport Landing, a seemingly normal New York town originally (and more accurately) dubbed Fairyport Landing. It's inhabited by the likes of Mayor Charming, three chubby cops named Boarman, Swineheart and Hamstead and vulpine Mr. Canis—all transported overseas for their own safety long ago by four-times-Great Grandpa Wilhelm Grimm. Borrowing a flying carpet and a certain pair of silver slippers from a fashion-conscious Magic Mirror, Sabrina and Daphne quickly find themselves springing the renowned Jack from jail to help deal with a destructive giant who has snatched Relda. All is, however, not as it seems. Rich in well-set-up surprises and imaginatively tweaked characters, this tongue-in-cheek frolic features both a pair of memorable young sleuths and a madcap plot with plenty of leads into future episodes. (Fantasy. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
145571
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1969-
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Buckley, Michael
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illustrations
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no index present
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780L
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MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Ferguson, Peter
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Sisters Grimm
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Sisters
  • Characters and characteristics
  • Orphans
  • Grandmothers
  • Monsters
  • Investigations
  • Conduct of life
  • Interpersonal relations
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juvenile
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The fairy-tale detectives, Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson
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Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
284 pages
Isbn
9781435249271
Lccn
2005011784
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9780810959255
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The fairy-tale detectives, Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson
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19 cm.
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284 pages
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9781435249271
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2005011784
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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