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The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley
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bookshelves: book-series, fairy-tale, fantasy, young-adult, mythic-fiction
Read on December 13, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

In this second book in the series, Sabrina and Daphne continue their family's fairy-tale detective work in the Hudson River town of Ferryport Landing. The village has more than its share of Everafters, a group of fairy-tale characters who escaped persecution in Europe by fleeing to America over 200 years ago.

Here, the sisters start attending the local elementary school where the principal just happens to be the Pied Piper of Hamelin and Snow White is a most beloved teacher. Almost instantly, one of their teachers is found dead in his classroom, tied to the ceiling in a spider web. While investigating his murder, the girls uncover a devious plot and get closer to discovering the whereabouts of their missing parents. Free-spirited Daphne is a perfect foil for her older, grumpier sister, Sabrina, whose understandable anger over the loss of her parents is the main theme of this novel.

There are as many references to frightening aspects of today's world as there are nods to folklore and sometimes both appear in the same sentence. While this mixing of sensibilities proves that fairy tales can be as dark as reality, it also occasionally trivializes truly upsetting modern problems such as nuclear weapons and child labor.

The one entirely annoying aspect about this series is that Buckley does not differentiate between fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, fables, nursery rhymes, etc and thus never explains how, for example, a trickster king from mythology lives and is restricted to the town.

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Book Details:

Title The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm, Book 2)
Author Michael Buckley
Reviewed By Purplycookie

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