Book Review: The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives, Book 1 by Michael Buckley

Reviewed by library staff member Harriet Engle

Here you have it:  parents who disappear, two orphan sisters, magic, villains, heroes, giants, fairies, a magic mirror, and more – all in one book!

After several short stays in various foster homes, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm move to the quaint village of Ferryport Landing. Rather, they move to the country surrounding this village where they meet a grandmother they didn’t know they had. Almost 12-year-old Sabrina is looking for a way to escape, but younger seven-year-old Daphne is thoroughly taken in by this doting and loving grandmother who cooks weird food of weird colors and warns them about going out of the house – even opening windows is forbidden!


Sabrina just wants to get away from all this weirdness, dragging a reluctant Daphne with her. However, she meets just more weirdness! Sabrina and Daphne will take you on an adventure to beat all adventures. Come, take a look inside the world of the Grimm family and their long history of living with magical characters.



From the publisher:

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Lexile measure : 780L
  • Grade level : 3 – 7