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The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
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Oct 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
Read from October 15 to 16, 2011 — I own a copy

**** This book is interesting as it weaves fairy tale characters and creatures into the present. This book would work well as a read aloud for young children (first/second grade). This is the first book in the series. The writing style and reading level of the book is more for fourth grade and up.

Sabrina (11) and Daphne (7) have been abandoned. Their parents disappeared one day and haven’t returned. After a slew of foster homes that didn’t work out the girls are sent to live with a woman claiming to be the grandma they thought was dead. Suspicious Sabrina is quick to write off the old lady and try to escape. What they discover is that they are descendants of the brothers Grimm and are living in a town with Everafters (fairy tale creatures). Now there is a giant on the loose and Granny Relda and Mr. Canis have been captured by it. The girls have to work together to get their grandmother back.
Sabrina- Is a strong-willed eleven year old. She is suspicious of everyone and feels a need to always be in charge. She has been taking care of her sister since her parents disappeared.
Daphne- is a seven year old who is very caring. She is excited to have found her grandma. She is very trusting and wants to stay with Granny Relda. She is very good at handling Sabrina.
Puck- He is a villain if you ask him  He is the King of the Pixies. He is friends with Granny Relda and helps the girls try to rescue her. Like Sabrina he wants to be in charge.
Granny Relda- Is a sweet grandmother type lady. She really wants Daphne and Sabrina to live with her. She has been a detective for a long time and is good at finding clues. She is very patient.
Themes: Fairy tales, family, kidnapping, villains, mystery, reality vs. fantasy, politics
Genre: Fantasy, mystery
Interesting information: There are at least seven books in the series. Each book has a problem and solution but is tied to the others with the overall mystery of who took Sabrina and Daphne’s parents. There are built in vocabulary lessons throughout the book because Daphne will ask Sabrina what a word means and Sabrina will define it.

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