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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-6-In the second book (Amulet Books, 2005) in Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series, amateur detective sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, are compelled to investigate the gruesome deaths of a teacher and a custodian at their elementary school. Teaming up with Grandma Relda, immortal foster brother Puck, and others, the girls set off on a sometimes scary journey into the underbelly of Ferryport Landing, inhabited by both humans and Everafters (nursery story characters who fled there to escape persecution). For example, the school's principal is the Pied Piper of Hamlin, and a well-loved teacher is Snow White. L.J. Ganser narrates this derivative work so quickly that he occasionally seems out of breath. He falters at first with the accents for some of the characters, but recovers quickly and is able to create fairly distinguishable voices for the many people. Fans of the series and children who enjoy picking well-known nursery story characters out of a lineup may enjoy this mystery-Jennifer Verbrugge, Dakota County Library, Burnhaven Branch, Burnsville, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
Their ancestors wrote history books not fairy tales--as Sabrina and Daphne Grimm soon discover after arriving in Ferryport Landing, home to ""Everafters"" like Sheriff Hamstead, a now not-so-little pig. In fast-paced Detectives, the sisters encounter Jack (of Beanstalk fame) who's intent on reliving his glory days as a giant killer. Suspects is equally engaging but ends abruptly with ""To be continued...."" [Review covers these titles: The Sisters Grimm: Book One and The Sisters Grimm: Book Two.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Book Review
In a second outing every bit as hilarious and scary as the first, Sabrina and Daphne, the two young descendants of Wilhelm Grimm, no sooner start school in Ferryport Landing than the murders of a teacher and the custodian catapult them into a new investigation. Well-populated by figures from their many-times-great grandpa's tales, plus the likes of Geppetto, Prince Charming and Puck--all of whom are magically confined to the small Hudson River town for their own protection, but don't much like it--the tale unfolds amid encounters with bullies, monsters and large quantities of slime. It involves wild rides through the air and other threats to life and limb, and culminates in a subterranean face-off with Rumpelstiltskin, a goblin with a creepy fondness for children who has partnered with the Pied Piper for an escape attempt. Buckley halts the action a little too often to fill in the back story, and his climax is awkwardly staged--but all of his characters glow with interesting nuances, as they did in the first episode, and he closes this one on a genuinely disturbing cliffhanger. Definitely not bedtime reading. Occasional technically finished illustrations. (Fantasy. 12-14) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.