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The Sisters Grimm is a series of mystery books by Michael Buckley. They're basically about one big old Fractured Fairy Tale, where the main protagonist, Sabrina Grimm, must solve crimes that happen in the small town of Ferryport Landing. Ferryport Landing is your everyday, run-of-the-mill town where nothing is what it seems and fairytale creatures, called Everafters, roam the streets. Sometimes, mass destruction follows them, and somehow, none of the humans notice the going-ons. Although, the forgetful dust does make humans forget what happened. The series is on-going. As of this writing, all the books, in order, are:

  • The Fairytale Detectives
  • The Unusual Suspects
  • The Problem Child
  • Once Upon a Crime
  • Magic and Other Misdemeanors
  • Tales from The Hood
  • The Everafter War
  • The Inside Story
  • The Council of Mirrors

The main protagonist, Sabrina Grimm, and her eight-year-old sister, Daphne Grimm, are related to The Brothers Grimm, you know, the guys who made all of those fairy tales. To make a long story short, the girls' parents disappear mysteriously. The girls skip around foster homes, which ensures the fact that Sabrina will be The Snark Knight. They go to live with a grandmother they didn't know they had. Sabrina meets the bane of her existence in the form of Puck, a four-thousand-year-old fairy prince turned king. They have to defeat the Ultimate Evil by solving a series of mysteries that eventually lead up to a war with the Scarlet Hand, an evil group of Everafters.

Almost always, Puck is there to save the day, except it is Sabrina who solves most of the mysteries, by coincidence or logical reasoning.


Tropes in The Sisters Grimm:

  • Academy of Adventure: In book two, Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck are enrolled in Ferryport Landing Elementary. The children were practically zombie slaves, the teachers were evil,the school's guidance councilor tried to kill everybody, and the principal turned out to be the Pied Piper and was controlling the human students.
  • Action Girl: Nearly all the women in the book.
  • Aerith and Bob: Baba Yaga and Jacob Grimm is just one example.
  • The Alleged Car: The Grimm family's beat up old car is so loud, you cannot have a single conversation inside it.

 "Are We close to Faerie yet?"

"Oh, I love chili, but I'm afriad it doesn't love me," Granny shouted back.

"No, not chili!Faerie!" Sabrina cried. "Are we getting closer?"

"Why no, I've never kissed a monkey. What a weird question."

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