The Sisters Grimm : The Unusual Suspects Bk. 2, Paperback

The Sisters Grimm : The Unusual Suspects Bk. 2 Paperback

Illustrated by Peter Ferguson

3.5 out of 5 (21 ratings)


Orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm, who lives in a town in rural New York State that experiences an extraordinary number of unexplained and unusual crimes.

As it turns out, the two girls are the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a history book.

Snow White, the Three Little Pigs and countless other fairy-tale folk are all neighbours of Granny Grimm in a secret community of Everafters.

It's the Grimm family's legacy to keep the Everafters in line and Sabrina and Daphne are the family's newest detectives.

In this second book, the girls start school. Daphne is lucky enough to get Snow White for a teacher, but poor Sabrina is stuck with mean Mr. Grumpner and a class of mildly psychotic sixth graders.

When Mr. Grumpner is murdered, the sisters Grimm must discover which Everafter is responsible.

But Sabrina's distrust of all Everafters, may get in the way of solving the case.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, cl / bw20 / tt20 illustrations, cl / bw / tt photographs
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery fiction (Children's/YA)
  • ISBN: 9780810993235



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Warning!! Don't start this book unless you have Book 3 close by. The last three words in Book 2 are: "to be continued". Don't worry, the mystery in Book 2 (who's killing the teachers??) is solved, but Sabrina jumps into a new adventure immediately and gets into a jam right off the bat.This series continues to enthrall me.

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This was not my favorite fairy tale retelling. I didn't like the main character or the situations she ended up in. There were some interesting fairy tale interpretations, and some things came together in an interesting way, but this isn't at the top of my recommendations.

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After their parents mysteriously go missing and the girls get bumped from foster home to foster home, they're taken in by the grandmother that they had been told was dead. In Fairyport Landing, the girls find out that the story of their family is far stranger than anyone would have guessed: the fairytales that the Grimm brothers documented were all real, and the stars of those stories have made Fairyport Landing their new home. They've been trapped there by a spell, cast by Baba Yaga at the behest of the Grimm Brothers, so not everyone looks too kindly on the family, especially since the spell will only be lifted when the last Grimm descendant leaves Fairyport. Nonetheless, the girls eagerly join in their grandmother's self-imposed duty of fairy tale denizen monitoring and detective work. Their zeal for the work only increases after they learn that their parents' disappearance is linked to the fairytale community.The first book saw the girls settling in and beginning their adventures; this book continues in the same vein but with a new twist: the girls have been forced to start attending school again. They think school might be a refreshingly normal change of pace but no sooner do they start classes than it becomes clear that something is amiss at Fairyport Elementary; something that smacks of fairytales.Will the girls find their parents? Will they figure out who's behind the strange goings on at their school? Will they manage to win a game of dodgeball? All these questions and more will be answered within the pages of The Unusual SuspectsObviously, I rather enjoyed this book- just good, clean fun with a clever idea and entertaining characters. Definitely a good pick for the late elementary/junior high crowd, especially those who enjoy their fairytales. Good for a light and quick read for those grown-ups with the same fondness.

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Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been living with their grandmother for over a month and they are just now starting to go to school. Seven-year-old Daphne adjusts to school immediately, who wouldn't with Snow White as your teacher? Twelve-year-old Sabrina has a harder time adjusting; her teacher, Mr. Grumpner, lives up to his name, and the kids in her class aren't exactly friendly. Plus, she'd rather spend the time looking for her missing parents instead of being in school. But Sabrina's attention is soon caught after a series of attacks at the school. Before long, Sabrina, Daphne, their grandmother, and the faithful Mr. Canis are wrapped up in a series of events that threaten the entire town and beyond. "The Unusual Suspects" is a great entry in what is proving to be a delightful series. Michael Buckley deftly weaves several fairy tales into the book, and to his credit, he uses elements from the book versions rather than the sometimes more popular movie version, as when Sabrina uses the golden cap from the Wizard of Oz books. Children will enjoy the fairy tale aspects of the book, while adults will appreciate the subtle humor in the scenes mimicking westerns and detective movies. Sabrina and Daphne are both very believable characters, especially Sabrina and her anger over her parent's disappearance. The fairy tale characters are also well done, presented as real people with real problems and readers will notice the irony at the despair of the Pied Piper of Hamelin when his own child disappears. And readers may be surprised at which fairy tale characters turn out to be heroes and which turn out to be villains. Finally, Buckley ends the book with quite a cliffhanger, which will make readers want to immediately read the next book in the series. Well done!

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Definitely want to keep reading this series, although Sabrina does keep getting more and more obnoxious. I just love seeing which fairy tale character is going to turn up next and this one has a number of pleasant surprises! I'm also very intrigued by the Scarlet Hand organization. I'm such a little kid sometimes!

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