Book Blog: The Fairy-Tale Detectives

Image Credit: MuggleNet

Image Credit: MuggleNet

If you had to choose, which fairy tale would you name as your absolute favorite fairy tale?  Would it be Goldilocks and the Three Bears?  How about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?  Maybe it’s not exactly a fairy tale but a story that has magic in it like the Wizard of Oz?  Perhaps, it is a nursery rhyme like Three Blind Mice or a legend like King Arthur and the Knights at the Round Table.

These characters plus so many more form the massive cast of characters in Michael Buckley’s first installment in the Sisters Grimm series entitled, The Fairy-Tale Detectives.  Ferryport Landing is a small town along the Hudson River in New York and Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are stuck here!  Their grandmother finally sends for them a year and a half after their parents disappear, after time in an orphanage, and after multiple, horrible foster homes.

But, from the moment they meet their grandmother, Relda Grimm, something is off.  Is it her random ramblings?  Is it scrawny Mr. Canis who is always with them but not related to them?  Is it the multiple locks, the weird decorations, or the forbidden room in their grandmother’s house?  Is it the townspeople who just don’t seem quite right?  So many unanswered questions but the most important one is: Is this woman really who she claims to be?  Their grandmother is dead!  At least that’s what their parents told them from the time they were little!

Sabrina and Daphne are about to find out the hard way who their grandmother is, who they are, and what on earth is going on in Fairyport Ferryport Landing!  Are you ready for the adventure, the suspense, and a few of those questions to be answered?!


Title: The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Author: Michael Buckley
Illustrator: Peter Ferguson
Copyright Date: 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9322-8
Dewey Decimal Number: 813
Reading Range: Grade 4-6
Curricular Connections: This would be a great read-aloud for our Grade 3 teacher after their Language Arts/Library unit on Fairy Tales.  I anticipate that many middle school students who call fantasy their favorite genre would like this updated and modern look at fairy tales.  I think they would also appreciate that this is a 9-book series so it’ll keep them reading and exploring for quite a while.  The Reader’s Guide at the end of the book has some great ideas for teachers (or even students) to extend learning beyond this book’s extension of fairy tales.

Works Cited

Fischer, Robbie. “The Fairy-Tale Detectives.” MuggleNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.


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Posted on 10.30.2013, in FPU, In the Library, Middle School, Reading. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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