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Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm #4)

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Sabrina and Daphne's adventures continue in their hometown of New York City as they bring Puck to Faerie to cure the wounds. With the help of Granny Relda, the girls must figure out who killed Puck's father, King Oberon, while navigating the warring factions of Everafters that make their homes in every neighbourhood of New York City.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Amulet Books
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Dec 17, 2007 Katy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The Sisters Grimm series are my audiobook standbys. The narrator is fantastic and these are perfect for long drives in the car. The series is about two young girls, Daphne and Sabrina, who, after the disappearance of their parents and a year spent jumping from one wretched foster home to another, go to live with the grandmother they never knew they had in Fairyport Landing. The Grimm sisters find out that they are the descendants of the famed Brothers Grimm, who brought the fairy tale creatures ...more
I’m still a little angry because the cover of this book kind of gives away the end of the book – or, if not the end, then the climax. Based on that, it was super easy to figure out who did what to whom. [shrug] As I’ve said about these books before, they’re definitely for kids but still fun for adults. My 13y/o is totally done with the series and is kind of annoyed with me for not having finished, so that’s something I’ll have to work on catching up with soon.

Daphne, Sabrina, Granny, Mr Canis an
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 Bridgette Redman rated it really liked it
The Sisters Grimm never fails to amuse because of the way it takes famous fairy-related literature and puts a modern twist on them. Far more than the overall plot or even the themes, it is the little moments in these books that make them worthy reads.

Once Upon a Crime is the fourth adventure of Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, two children who late discovered their family heritage as the jailer and protector of fairy tale creatures known as Everafters. After spending months in an orphanage and one lou
Jun 07, 2010 Tobey rated it liked it
While not really dropping in quality, I felt like the Sisters Grimm series lost a little steam in the fourth book. The mystery was a little more obvious, and the rhythms of the series are becoming a bit more repetitive. Sabrina is going to have an angsty personal problem (learning that her mother was all for fairy tale detecting, which isn't Sabrina's bag) that will be resolved, a mystery must be solved (a murder mystery this time, but the culprit is given away by the cover art), Mr. Canis will ...more
Dec 31, 2007 Anna rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give too much away, but I thought this book was r4eally good. The girls go to New York City and meet everafters there. They find that there are everafters (fairy tale folk) in the city as well and the evil everafter organization, the scarlet hand is trying to take over the world. They have to try to stop the destruction in the city.
Dec 19, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
My friend Jenne once said that all books are better with a giant robot. This book has a giant Wicked Witch robot that climbs the Empire State Building, a la King Kong. Four stars right there.

Oh, and the rest of the book is good too.
Mar 27, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it
"What are you looking at?" the gingerbread man said to her. "Didn't anyone tell you it's rude to stare?"
For once, Sabrina fumbled for words.
"She's sorry," Daphne offered. "It's not every day you get to talk to a cookie, you know."
The gingerbread man's brown body suddenly turned red and his icing face crinkled in anger. "Hey! Cookies are round, buster. Do I look like I'm round?"
"Sorry," Daphne said, "I didn't mean---"
"That kind of ignorance is why gingerbread people are treated so badly all over
May 13, 2009 Verdi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
They went to Scrooge (from A Christmas Carol) for help. Now he owns a shop selling magical objects and he talks to spirits for people when they need it. At one point, he says, "Ever since that business with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, all the spirits in the astral plane feel it's their duty to come and show me how I've ruined the holidays of everyone I know. I'll admit, I was a pain at Christmastime, but since then I've been haunted by the Ghosts of Easter, Passover, Thank ...more
Jean O'Shea
Nov 16, 2008 Jean O'Shea rated it liked it
Shelves: lis565
When the fairy-tale detectives, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, rush to New York City hoping to find an Everafter who can cure Puck, they trigger a chain of events that includes a murder mystery, and learn many new things about their mother who, along with their father, is still in an enchanted sleep. The author has created a world in which humans and fairy-tale creatures live side-by-side in an uneasy alliance. Readers, well grounded in their fairy tales, will get the most pleasure from recognizing t ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: older-children
I enjoyed this book. I actually guessed way early with this book who the villain would be, way earlier than I usually guess. But I didn't mind, because it is always very satisfying to learn that you are right. I'm trying really hard to guess who "G" is, but you don't have any clues other than she is female and went by the initial "G." I am trying to think of possibly fairy tale maidens. I've thought of Galinda the good witch, Gretel, Guinevere, and dang. I forgot the fourth one I thought of. I'm ...more
Justyn Rampa
Jun 09, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it it was amazing
In some ways, this book definitely feels like somewhat of a departure for the series. The story focuses on a different location, there is an incredible focus on an unexpected character, and the book is about revelations that I didn't see coming.

Without going into an incredible amount of detail as to avoid spoilers, Michael Buckley continues to weave a fantastic story using characters in a very clever ways. There were some bits I didn't LOVE such as all the pirate business, but then there was suc
Dec 15, 2012 Syd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
I recently read The Sisters Grimm number 4. It was written by Micheal Buckley. It was published in 2007. There are 272 pages. This book is intended for 5th to 9th graders. The main issue is that there trying to figure out who killed Oberon king of fairies.
The setting is New York City. The main characters are Sabrina. She is scared. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Daphne is 7 years old loves her sister.
Sabrina and Daphne journey to there home town New York City to get puck some help. While
Anna Mari
Apr 17, 2014 Anna Mari rated it liked it
Shelves: samantha, audiobooks
Sabrina is learning there was more to her mother than met the eye. Taking Puck to Faerie took on a new twist when the King was murdered. Although Sabrina wants to retire from the family business, she said she would complete this last case. From dwarves to Pirates to the Great and Terrible Oz, the story twists and turns through NYC.
Will they make our back to Fairyport Landing? Will Sabrina stay with the family business? Can they wake her parents?
Sheila Beaumont
The fourth in a most entertaining fractured-fairy-tale detective series, Once Upon a Crime was a great read. In it, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm & company drive from Ferryport Landing, where most of the Everafters, or fairy-tale characters, live, to New York City, to take the ailing Puck to Faerie so he can be healed by his family (Oberon & Titania and offspring). Turns out Faerie isn't quite what it used to be. The fairy-tale detectives find thuggish fairy godfathers, characters from Oz (th ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Lesli rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this series. I'm reading it at the same time as my 10 year old, and even though the reading level is easy for him we are both enjoying the books. He is a big fan of the author, and I think Puck and Sabrina are good reminders for me as a mom of what is going through the heads of kids my son's age.
Cathy Cramer
Book 4. I started this series five years ago and am just now returning to it. I have younger kids that have grown to the age of wanting to read them so I am revisiting it. The series was easy to get back into as far as remembering the Shrek-like characters and the plot.

I remember at the time that I was glad my kids wanted to read something with a little more plot than the very-young kid stuff. But now the older ones have gone on to reading about more complex characters and it's hard to get back
Jan 05, 2016 Rema rated it it was amazing
After Puck was injured while battling the Jabberwocky, the Grimms journey to New York City, with their friends, to help save Puck. The only way Puck can be cured is by gaining the assistance of the fairies from the Faerie kingdom. Sabrina is horrified to discover that NYC is crawling with Everafters and the place she considers home is not at all what she thought it was. NYC doesn't seem safe anymore and how right Sabrina is. A murder shakes up the NYC Everafter community and the Grimms are right ...more
9/3/2016 ** As I've been reading the series, I've wondered how students would respond to some of the imagery. My protective mind asserted itself - tough (over the top) foster families, violence... However, I then recognized that the concerns I had were the same ones that led to the sanitation of many fairy tales by Disney and others. Kids know what's going on in the world - from non-stop news broadcasts, video games, etc. They can handle these books.

In this volume, Sabrina tries harder to protec
Jul 03, 2009 DeAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books are getting progressively darker...and the main protagonists are starting to exhibit behavior that doesn't seem in character for them. (For instance, I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, and perhaps I'm just remembering being 11 differently, but I'm fairly sure I didn't spend a lot of time "dreaming about my first kiss" at that age. There's also a few continuity issues that I've noticed, possibly because I'm reading them all so close together.

Jan 03, 2016 Rebekah rated it it was ok
This book was like reading an adaptation from film - everything was always happening, small clues led to huge discoveries, once the mystery was 'solved' Sabrina realises it couldn't have been them because of one throw-away comment. . . . One event after another, without any real down time, and yet it still didn't really feel like it was going anywhere.

The issue with them being taken back to the orphanage was contrived, overdone, and then never further addressed. This bothered me the most. (view
Jul 18, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone especially people who like fantasy, fiction, action, mystery
Recommended to Amy by: Goodreads
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Jul 18, 2015 Ponytaorponyboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, magic
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Mar 09, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
The character "Puck" is such a huge part of this book which particularly struck a chord with me as I named a kitten Puck back in 1990 when I got her as a kitten (yes also named from Shakespeare's play) and sadly March 4, 2008 she passed away. So reading about the boy Puck's adventures in the book was greatly cathartic.
May 22, 2008 skokiesam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lisa if she ever listened to me.
I just love this series. Michael Buckley is clever, and the characters are just so personable. I like the idea of the girls being descendants of the Brothers Grimm (hence, Sisters Grimm). It's just a fun and easy read. (Albeit I found two typos that I'm going to e-mail someone over there about for the reprint.)
Jun 21, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorites in the series so far, I think that it is so imaginative, and I love how the relationships are developing and the story is getting a little more complex. I love Sabrina and Puck's relationship, it is just cute and entertaining!
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Jan 21, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
I really like this series. Meleah & I have been listening to the audiobooks. LJ Ganser is a great narrator.
What I really like are all the characters pulled from children's literature. You just never know who will pop up.
Feb 25, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tales
So far better than the previous ones. Which mostly means Sabrina wasn't as annoying. Although I'm sensing a double standard as the characters (AKA Granny) suddenly seem a lot more ok with the girls using magic.
Oct 13, 2015 Tirzah rated it liked it
Shelves: sisters-grimm
The Grimms and Company land themselves in another murder mystery. This time, it is in New York City and the murder is not as gruesome as past ones. It was a nice twist to have Sabrina and Daphne explore beyond Ferryport. In fact, The Big Apple is their hometown and readers are able to learn more about their parents and how they are involved with the Everafters. In the meantime, Sabrina continues her battle of choosing to be a Grimm or walking away from the whole fairytale fiasco. Puck’s family h ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
I continue to be entertained by these stories and the creative alternate lives Buckley creates for so many well-known fairy tale characters. I love that he branches out beyond the Grimm tales to include other favorites like characters from L. Frank Baum's stories. That said, this was probably my least favorite of the books in the series so far. The pacing felt like it dragged a little. Also, even though it may have seemed novel to cast the setting for the story somewhere other than Ferryport Lan ...more
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New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio. He tried his hand as a stand-up comic and lead singer for a punk rock back before attending Ohio University. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo (pro ...more
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The Sisters Grimm (9 books)
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