Friday, July 07, 2006

The Sister's Grimm: The Unusual Suspect - Michael Buckley

I love it when the second book in a series turns out to be even better than the first, and that is just the case with this book.

Sisters Daphne and Sabrina Grimm continue their escapades as detectives in Ferryport Landing, a town where fairytale characters live among humans. Their grandmother forces them to take time off from their search for their parents to begin school. Daphne is happy to discover her teacher is Snow White, but Sabrina immediately doesn't get along with her teacher or her classmates. Sabrina becomes even more miserable when her teacher is murdered and Puck is assigned to pose as a student and keep an eye on her at school. The sisters become determined to discover what's really going on at their school.

Many series get stuck in a rut following the same formulaic pattern for each book so I was pleasantly surprised that this novel was so different than the first. The first novel feels like a complete story on it's own, but the second ends with a mega cliff-hanger. A glimmer of romance that wasn't in the first book also begins in the second novel.

The book did continue a few things that I like though, it slips in definitions of difficult words that the younger sisters doesn't understand and asks about. It also continues to introduce new characters that readers will love identifying from fairy-tales. I really like that in both novels, Daphne and Sabrina are not perfect detectives. They are real kids who make mistakes and do their best to recover from them. Readers of the first book will absolutely enjoy the second!


Anonymous said...

I just love the Sisters Grimm books! They are action filled books with alot of mysteries, excitement, and no boring moments!
Personly I have read all of the five books and i just can't wait untill the sixth one, Tales from The Hood. It will be about Mr. Canis, a dear friend and protector of the Grimm family, put on trial for past crimes. You see he is the big bad wolf. A kangaroo court of Everafters, led by the cruel Queen of Hearts, is determined to find Canis guilty and force the Grimms out of Ferryport Landing. Meanwhile, Puck has decided to focus more on his mischievous ways, making a few new troublemaker friends. So it’s up to Sabrina and Daphne to find evidence to save Canis—and their investigation may reveal more than they hoped.

Doesn't that sound interesting! I just can not wait untill it comes out.
Thank you for your time.
-Hallie, an 11 year old girl

Anonymous said...

I also like how Puck and Sabrina are starting to like eachother. In the first one they are like total enemies. In the second book you start to tell that Sabrina starts to like him, and in the third book, well if you read it you will know what happens. From there on until the fith one there relation ship is growing but very slow. In the fith one Sabrina and Daphne get sent to the future and relize how bad ferryprt landing, where they live, gets!
But the funniest surprize is............ well you will have to read the book to figure that one out!
thanks for your time again
-Hallie the 11 year old girl

Anonymous said...

hallie! hi! anyway, in your last comment, that is so so true! ive been searching all over google reasearching puck and sabrina. apparently you have too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Samantha, Hallie, and everyone else that is reading this. I also really like how Puck and Sabrina like each other. Their relationship adds spice to the story. I also spent a crazy amount of time researching Puck and Sabrina.