The Sisters Grimm: The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been on their own since the day their parents disappeared. They’ve been moved from horrible foster home to foster home and when they get placed in Ferryport Landing where a supposed relative has been uncovered. While there the girls discover the truth about their family: the Brothers Grimm were not writing children’s tales, they were writing journals of true stories, as did their family after them. When the fairytale creatures, who prefer to be called Everafters, came to America, one of their ancestors had a curse put on them that could not leave Ferryport Landing. But the other side of the curse is that so long as the fairytale creatures must remain there, so must a Grimm. They also discover that there parents did not abandon them, they were taken, by some Everafters who weren’t in Ferryport Landing at the time of the spell.

When the sisters get to Ferryport Landing, they are thrown into the magical world when their grandmother and Mr. Canis (formerly, the Big Bad Wolf) are taken by giants. Sabrina and Daphne must find their grandmother, with the help of Puck and Jack the Giant Killer (aka Jack and the Beanstalk) and save her.

But not all is as it seems and not all Fairy Tale creatures are as innocuous as their stories would have you believe. Who is behind bringing the giants to Ferryport Landing?

Retellings have always been a favorite of mine as far as genres go. (Wicked for example, pretty awesome.) This one does a good job of bringing in all sorts of beloved stories and making them real. There are some things that aren’t quite clear (like how the Three Little Pigs can shift to human form) but it’s a series so there’s bound to be more information to come.

Like with the Septimus Heap series, this one is a little young for me, but it’s well thought out and sweet.

Read it for yourself: The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (Bk. 1)

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