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The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm #2)

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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  14,109 ratings  ·  693 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. When Mr. Grumpner is found hanging in a spider's web, it is up to the Grimms to find the Everafter who did it.
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published October 1st 2005)
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Jennie
Sabrina and Daphne are off to school. Daphne loves being in class with Snow White as a teacher, but Sabrina’s having a tougher time–she keeps getting teased and beat up. Things don’t get any better when Puck joins her class! But even Daphne can’t deny there are monsters loose in the school and they’re killing people. There are red handprints all over. Even Mayor Charming is turning to the Grimm Sisters for help solving the case!

But Sabrina's anger at not being able to find her parents is growin
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Benjamin Thomas
If you should be looking for a fun series to read aloud to some young people in your life, this is a pretty good series. Lots of fairy tale adventure with the characters not exactly like you remember from the originals. Throw in some life lessons for the youngsters and a good time will be had by all.

Having said that, the ending pissed me off...not to mention the 10 and 7 year olds to which I was reading this story. At the height of the action, just when everybody is in peril...I see the dreaded
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Tina
Jun 04, 2014 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids, fantasy fans
Shelves: kid-lit, 2008
I wish they had these books around when I was growing up. They are a fun read with a protagonist that any hormonal tween can relate too. I appreciate that we see faults in Sabrina as she learns some hard truths about herself. Flawed heroes and heroines are always more interesting. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Nirvana
First of all, can I say how much I love MG books that actually make me laugh. Not just crack a smile, or get giddy in my soul like the Vulcan fangirl I am, but laugh out loud. Which is precisely what Sisters Grimm has managed to do.

And then there's Sabrina Grimm. Yass, I adore her ^^ Sure, she may get annoying at times, and sometimes the way she deals with Everafters makes me want to go "Dude, you go trust them. Please..." and then punch her. But she's got her good side too. She's got a strong m
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Odessa Mclean
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Dolly
This is the second book in The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley. It's a whimsical romp through the different fairy tales, with myriad characters coming into the story.

interesting quote:

"It's a natural human emotion to get angry. So what are you supposed to do? Bottle it up? Well, we all know what happens when you shake up a bottle of soda. It explodes all over the place when you open it. I think feelings are the same way. You've got to let them out when you're having them or you're just
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Emma (Miss Print)
I received the first two books in Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm books as a gift. The premise of the series sounded incredibly promising and exactly like the kind of thing I would love. Even the covers are great. Unfortunately, I was not as impressed by the first book, The Fairy Tale Detectives, as I had hoped. Still, having The Unusual Suspects, the second volume, in hand I decided to soldier on.

The story opens not too far after the first book. Sabrina (age 11) and her sister Daphne (I think a
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MsThomas
I read this book on the plane back from the US, and it was terrific! The main character, Sabrina, was feisty and interesting, and the plot was just complex enough to hold my interest. The idea behind this series is that the Brothers Grimm and all the fairytale characters founded a town alongside humans with magical protection so they can live safely (they were chased out of Europe). The Sisters Grimm, modern day relatives of the brothers, live with their grandmother and solve local crimes while ...more
Cruth
Author: Michael Buckley
Illustrator: Peter Ferguson
First Published: 2007
Pages: 290 pages
Setting:Smalltown contemporary. Ferryport Landing on the Hudson River.
Extras: A Guide to Fairy-Tales, extra reading

So Daughter and I had individually read Book 1, but with Daughter feeling a bit flat with a cold, we decided to read it aloud.

And thoroughly enjoyed it.

Note: If reading aloud the chapters are looong. Minimum 30 minutes each and there are 10 of them. No voice by the end of the day!

Buckley weaves a
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Rina Kinjo
May 16, 2014 Rina Kinjo is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I literally could not wait to do another book review for "The Sisters Grimm" novels. I had done it for the first book "The Fairy Tale Detectives" earlier this year. If you have not read the first one yet, I suggest you read my first review before reading the information below.

In the first book, Sabrina and Daphne both ended up living with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. Eventually they start finding out about their family history which is far more complicated than we imagine. The se
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Keira
I read the first one and thought it was okay. I began the second one because all of my students really seemed to be enjoying the series and I had purchased the first two books in a set. This series is a lot of fun, although, it's not one I can't put down. With that said, I have to admit that upon finishing this book, I had to go out and buy the next one as Michael Buckley really leaves you hanging and extremely intrigued to find out what will happen next!
Madison T
When I originally started the sisters Grimm series, it was because a friend had recommended them to me.
I thought, ok, so I ordered the first four books from my library, and started to read them.
In book one, it took me quite awhile to get into the book, I just wasn't feeling it at all! My friend had said they were amazing! but, nothing really amazed me at first.
When I got to the middle of the book, something clicked, and I couldn't put the book down! I devoured the rest, and grabbed book two, and
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Becky sb
Good books I enjoy it. I got the two frist sisters Grimm books as a gift.
Karla
Sabrina is annoying. Puck is obnoxious. Daphne is naive. The three of them drive each other bonkers and give Granny Relda more gray hair as they continue solving mysteries and looking for the answer to the greatest mystery to the Sisters Grimm... how can they get their parents back? It's a book filled with good guys gone bad, bad guys resurfacing, and one shocking new development. It's a quick read.
Claudia
The Grimm sisters have it grim...sorry for the pun. Sabrina continues to fume, blaming all Everafters for the disappearance of her and Daphne's parents, and for their living situation.

Sabrina's anger, while understandable, is wearing on me as a reader. I get that she's suspicious and frustrated. That she feels abandoned. I get that she blames the fairy-tale creatures. But it's fatiguing to me.

The sisters finally begin school, and nothing is as it appears. Snow White is Daphne's teacher, but Sab
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Rona
The second book was not as well plotted as the first one. It is still a good romp. This is a great series for elementary school children (girls especially!) who lean toward science fiction/fantasy or mystery.
Alley Kat
The second book in this series was just as good as the first in so many ways. It wasn't slow at all and moved right through the events of the story. It had a little touch of darkness to it that made me enjoy it that much more. I saw more character development with Sabrina. Daphne brought that childish and fun part to the story just like in the first one.
Natalie G.
This book is about two sisters named Sabrina and Daphne Grimm who, are starting school at Ferryport Landing Elementray. Everything is going well until, Sabrina's teacher, Mr. Grumpner, is found dangling in a giant spider web. And to make matters worse, she finds a red hand print in the crime scene by, The Scarlet Hand. The setting is taken place at Ferryport Landing Elementray in, Ferryport Landing. The point of view is told by, Sabrina Grimm. Some major characters in the book are, Sabrina Grimm ...more
Dean Deters

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Summary I thought the book was a good book. It has a mystery in it. And a villain. Plus a few heros. It's a long book. It's about two girls who go to a town called Fairy Port Landing. It's not a normal city fairy tale creatures. There is a boarder that keeps the creatures in the city. In this book the fairy tale creatures try to escape.

Setting It is mostly at there houses but not always. It is important to the story because fairytale creatures are not everywhere
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Kim-Lost-In-A-Book
This one wasn't quite as good as the first, Sabrina is kind of annoying me now, hopefully she'll grow up a bit in the next books. I think she's starting too but her anger and control issues get the best of her still. I will continue with the series for now though, as I still like the concept and there are other characters that I love.
Susan
With the creativity Vertigo's Bill Willingham showed in Fables, Buckley writes for a younger audience. It was funny seeing the "same" characters in such a different light between the 2 series
Meg McGregor
Once again, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have a mystery to solve in their little town, inhabited by both humans and faerie tale characters.

Three people have been killed, and it is up to the girls and their Grandmother, to discover the identity of the murderer.

Well written, steady plot pace, great sense of humor spread throughout, make this a pleasurable read indeed.

I especially enjoy it when the author uses references to other fairy tales and stories such as when he mentioned the matches from The Li
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Luis

The Unusual Suspects
I recommend this book, But however u need to read the first book to understand this book. This book is mainly about orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother. The girls start school, and Daphne is lucky to get Snow White for a teacher, but Sabrina is stuck with mean Mr. Grumpner and a class of mildly psychotic sixth graders. When Mr. Grumpner is murdered, the sisters must discover which Everafter is responsible. They face even the
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Daisy
Clever and entertaining these books can be read on several levels. There is the flat out entrainment of two young sisters who find they are descendants in the long line of the family Grimm, fairy tale detectives extraordinaire. There is the angst of twelve year old Sabrina dealing with the multiple kinds of anger and emotions of an almost teenager. Complicated in this case by fee-fi-fo-fum giants, the King of the Fairies, and the progeny of couples such as Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince a ...more
Becky
Feb 18, 2009 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy-tale fans
Another solid installment in The Sisters Grimm series.
Nicole
I ran out of things to read while I was traveling, so I picked this up. Like the first one, it was fine -- fun, but not astounding. The very end was an excellent cliffhanger, though, to the point where I made it a priority to read the next installment.

It's definitely shaping up to be one of those books/series where I don't really like the main character, in large part because she makes really stupid decisions. I think I'd prefer Daphne's perspective over Sabrina's, but then I suppose there woul
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Little Miss Sunshine
this was a great book that kept me on the edge of the seat the whole time. the only thing that greatly frustrated me was the ending where they left you on the biggest cliff hanger i have ever experienced!!!! however i dont think this really matters when you actually look back on the book but i guess you can understand my frustration! :) the turns and twists the writer added were so clever and very well planned that it just explained the book totally and ended (semi-ended) with a BANG! this book ...more
Rema
Another Sisters Grimm book I absolutely loved.

The Unusual Suspects explored Sabrina's feelings of prejudice and discrimination against the Everafters. When I was younger I thought she was a brat, but then when I read it a few years back I could understand what she was feeling. Now as a person who cannot stand discrimination or prejudice of any kind, it was harder for me to understand where Sabrina came from. She had a bottle full of anger just waiting to burst inside her and it came out during
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Stacy
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Sisters Grimm (9 books)
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)
  • The Problem Child (The Sisters Grimm, #3)
  • Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, #4)
  • Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm, #5)
  • Tales From the Hood (The Sisters Grimm, #6)
  • The Everafter War (The Sisters Grimm, #7)
  • The Inside Story (The Sisters Grimm, #8)
  • The Council of Mirrors (The Sisters Grimm, #9)
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1) Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm, #5) The Problem Child (The Sisters Grimm, #3) Tales From the Hood (The Sisters Grimm, #6) Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, #4)

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