THE SISTERS GRIMM by Michael Buckley

THE SISTERS GRIMM

Book Two: The Unusual Suspects
Age Range: 12 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a second outing every bit as hilarious and scary as the first, Sabrina and Daphne, the two young descendants of Wilhelm Grimm, no sooner start school in Ferryport Landing than the murders of a teacher and the custodian catapult them into a new investigation. Well-populated by figures from their many-times-great grandpa’s tales, plus the likes of Geppetto, Prince Charming and Puck—all of whom are magically confined to the small Hudson River town for their own protection, but don’t much like it—the tale unfolds amid encounters with bullies, monsters and large quantities of slime. It involves wild rides through the air and other threats to life and limb, and culminates in a subterranean face-off with Rumpelstiltskin, a goblin with a creepy fondness for children who has partnered with the Pied Piper for an escape attempt. Buckley halts the action a little too often to fill in the back story, and his climax is awkwardly staged—but all of his characters glow with interesting nuances, as they did in the first episode, and he closes this one on a genuinely disturbing cliffhanger. Definitely not bedtime reading. Occasional technically finished illustrations. (Fantasy. 12-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8109-5926-7
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2005




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