The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm, #2)

ISBN: 0810993236
ISBN 13: 9780810993235
By: Michael Buckley Peter Ferguson

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Orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their mysterious grandmother. The girls start school, and Daphne is lucky to get Snow White for a teacher, but Sabrina is stuck with mean Mr Grumpner and a class of mildly psychotic sixth graders. When Mr Grumpner is murdered, the sisters must discover which Everafter is responsible.

Reader's Thoughts


With the creativity Vertigo's Bill Willingham showed in Fables, Buckley writes for a younger audience. It was funny seeing the "same" characters in such a different light between the 2 series


I loved the Unusual Suspects; it did have its flaws but as it helped me through a break-up I gave it five stars. Anyway, on to the review.I started with this book in the Sister's Grimm series under the belief that this was the first book while I read it. I found out that the Unusual Suspects was the second book which surprised me. I wasn't confused about the characters or story which, was one trait which appealed to me greatly; occasionally you must read the first book to understand the second. The book had me engaged from the first sentence though Buckely's writing style wasn't the most captivating he managed to entice the reader using words to his advantage. That alone was quite a nice touch for me, I enjoy a author who is capable of using words to his advantage.Anyway, in this book Sabrina Grimm and Daphne Grimm begin school. Daphne is entranced by her beautiful new teacher Snow White, an everafter and quickly becomes popular in her class while Sabrina suffers with Puck in her class and manages to get in trouble on her first day as well. Shortly afterward, a series of mysterious murders occur in the school which the Grimm's decide to investigate. Mysteries follow; I don't want to spoil the story for you!Buckely describes the murder scene with details and accurate points which makes me feel that this story should be aimed at teenagers rather than children, due to the slight dark feel to the book. I found the font bulky and rather unattractive but it really didn't matter as the story was excellent. I found the brisk pace was a nice touch with the mysterious feel; it kept me interested. The book is slightly unpredictable which was another surprise as I thought it would be rather predictable.Sabrina's treatment of the everafters was appalling, rude and made me feel like slapping her. I understood her anger, though, and made a few connections with her. She and Puck make a adorable couple; it's so obvious what Buckley has planned for those two. Daphne was eager and fun to read about and Puck is ,y personal favorite character. He's lovably annoying but he made and makes me laugh. Oh, that trickster king does!I loved the concept pure genius! The idea of everafters, the barrier, the town and using the Grimms this way! My favorite everafters so far are Puck, Snow and Mr. Canis. They are endearing characters or will be once they are fleshed out more. In conclusion, I enjoyed this book greatly and would recommend it to any fantasy lover! I hope this book serves all its readers tastes!


Lindsay Stratton Period 6 290 pages 9 points Have you ever wanted to solve mysteries, meet fairy-tale characters and find clues to a family members disappearance. Then The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects is for you. And the best part is it's for all ages, old and young. As you read about strong and smart Sabrina and a happy and excited Daphne, and their Grandma, you get wrapped up in the story. Still filled with anger over her paren'ts disappearance, Sabrina Grimm and her sister Daphne along with their Granny Relda help solve the mystery of why her teacher at her school died. After different events happen, the Grimms find out about a plot that is happening amongst some of the Everafters in Ferryport Landing. Trying to help out, they soon find themselves in some trouble and in danger. After reading this book, I had a few things that I liked and a few things that I didn't like about it. One thing that I liked was how there was magical creatures. "When his transformation was complete, he was hardly three feet high. His head, back, and arms were covered in kinky brown hair, but his face and pointed ears were pink like a pig's. He had a short, stubby tail, hoofed feet, and a couple of rows of sharp razor teeth." pgs. 263-264. One thing I didn't like about the book was the ending of it. "Suddenly, the monster swung its enormous arm at Sabrina, and then the room went black." pg. 290. The only reason I didn't like it was because it just let you hanging, wanting more. Also after reading this book, I came up with a few themes that you could relate to life, but one was always pay attention and remember to think and help others. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, magic, and fairy-tales because those are the key components to the story. I think what makes this book unique from other books out there, is that not every book lets you meet fairy-tale characters and not every book has a mystery within it. So readers, if you like adventure, mystery, and suspense, then The Unusual Suspects is the perfect book for you.


Clever and entertaining these books can be read on several levels. There is the flat out entrainment of two young sisters who find they are descendants in the long line of the family Grimm, fairy tale detectives extraordinaire. There is the angst of twelve year old Sabrina dealing with the multiple kinds of anger and emotions of an almost teenager. Complicated in this case by fee-fi-fo-fum giants, the King of the Fairies, and the progeny of couples such as Beauty and the Beast, The Frog Prince and his Princess, and The Spider and Little Miss Muffet (now known as Mrs Arachnid). And there is the societal struggle of belonging, not belonging, and being different. In the case of the Everafters in these books being really, really different! So you can read these books for fun, or for symbolisms, either way they are a good read.


I was excited to read a book about the Grimm Sisters. The TV shows "GRIMM" and "Once Upon A Time" seem to have evolved out of this series of stories, albeit they are for an older audience. (It makes me wonder, is Michael Buckley's concept original, or could I find another book decades earlier using the same concept - fairy tale creatures trapped and hiding in the real world?) Either way, I had heard good things and was looking forward to reading an acclaimed series.I was disappointed. The story is charming enough. But it is a children's chapter book, and I found the narrative for an adult reader somewhat lacking. Even as a book for children, I wouldn't recommend it. A child as young as eight or nine could read this book. I have a few small complaints, like the illustrations are beautifully done but do not match the author's descriptions (a pet peeve of mine). I'm not a fan of the arguing either. These minor issues aren't what ruined this book. The real problem is the ending - it's a horrific cliff hanger. The ending could easily produce nightmares, especially if the third book in this series is not close at hand.My recommendation - save this book for your tweens and young teenagers, if they really want to read it, and have the third book ready when they finish.


Good books I enjoy it. I got the two frist sisters Grimm books as a gift.

Odessa Mclean

** spoiler alert ** Daphne and Sabrina are back in this latest installment of the Sisters Grimm series!Ferryport Landing isn't all like it seems- fairytale creatures actually live there! And Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are Fairytale Detectives-helping their grandmother with solving the town's crime.In this book, Sabrina and Daphne are heading back to school. But-they need someone to protect them. So while Daphne gets the most amazing teacher ever Ms White (aka Snow White-like with the seven dwarves) who may or may not still have feelings for a certain prince, Sabrina's stuck in the cruelties of sixth grade with the insanely gross and annoying Puck- incognito as Robin Goodfellow.But things at school aren't all as they seem- Sabrina's classmates are like sleepless zombies- and she's having trouble controlling her temper even after visiting the school councilor Mr. Sheepshank. Things take a turn for the worst when Sabrina finds her grumpy homeroom teacher has been murdered!It's up to Sabrina, Daphne, Granny Relda, and the occasional help of Puck to figure out what's going on in the town- or underneath it.I enjoyed this book. There wasn't a crazy amount of time in between with the previous and didn't have you lost from lack of knowledge. I actually started with this book-and it was the reason I kept on reading. It's before the drama of the later books, but has everything developed unlike the first, so I really enjoyed learning about the crazy antics of this interesting and new take on fairytales. There was plenty of mystery that kept me reading through, and I loved the school setting, which none of the other books have. While it does have a TO BE CONTINUED ending, I thought it was okay and the third book will take up where this one left off.


I ran out of things to read while I was traveling, so I picked this up. Like the first one, it was fine -- fun, but not astounding. The very end was an excellent cliffhanger, though, to the point where I made it a priority to read the next installment. It's definitely shaping up to be one of those books/series where I don't really like the main character, in large part because she makes really stupid decisions. I think I'd prefer Daphne's perspective over Sabrina's, but then I suppose there would be fewer life lessons to learn. :)

Rebecca (rem is me and im madly in love with gaara

i read it as soon as i was told about it it was brill


I started this series of preteen fairy tale detective novels because they were a big hit with my students and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Essentially this series is Bill Willingham's Fables mixed with Jasper Fforde's Nursery Crimes and targeted at fourth and fifth graders. In fact, if I wanted to turn this review into a list of similarites between The Sisters Grimm and Fables I would be writing for quite some time. The New York State setting, Mayor Charming and his relationship to the ladies of the town, and the roles that Jack the Giant Killer the Big Bad Wolf have to play all spring immediately to mind.I think the recommendations can go both ways, if you like either of those series and want to share something of that vibe with your kids then The Sisters Grimm is a great place to start. Contrariwise, if you enjoy the adventures of Sabrina and Daphne Grimm in Ferryport Landing, but are looking for something a bit more adult, try out the books mentioned above.These books have an edge that I really appreciate, and it certainly keeps my fifth grade students turning the pages. The comedy hits the perfect note, current (and occasionally gross) enough for the kids to appreciate, but never devolving into mindless slang like some books aimed at the same demographic. Another aspect that the kids respond to is that the stakes always seem to be pretty high, and the bad guys actually hurt and kill people. Some pretty heavy issues are also tackled. The concept of prejudice is touched on a lot in YA literature, but rarely is it a characteristic of the protagonist. Sabrina's loathing of the Everafters was an interesting manifestation of that idea, and I felt it was dealt with in a very mature way.As long as my students are interested, I plan to keep up with this series, and I am excited to see where it will take me.


This is the second book in the Grimm Sisters series by Buckley. I thought the first book was okay, but a bit weak in characterization and plot. This book was much better than the first book and I enjoyed it a lot more. I listened to this book on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. This narrator isn't my favorite but he does a good job of giving the characters distinct voices.Daphne and Sabrina finally have to start school; they've been putting it off for as long as they can but if they don't start school soon their granny with get in trouble with Child Services. So off they go to school. Their first day of school is off to a bad start when Sabrina finds her homeroom teacher dead in the classroom wrapped in a giant web. Something is killing off members of the faculty and the kids at school are eternally sleepy. Sabrina suspects foul play from the Ever Afters; Sabrina, Daphne, and Granny Grimm have to wrap up this case before anyone else gets hurt.The characters were better developed in this book than in the first. I felt like we got to see more depth to even the side characters like Prince Charming and Snow White. I still am not a big Sabrina fan; she is an angry and, at times, mean girl that I just don't like. It looks like Sabrina's bad attitude will be address in future books though. I enjoyed learning more about the characters, I really like Puck and Daphne and have high hopes for Sabrina in future books.The plot was excellent, it was very much a fairy tale mystery. It is a twisty turny plot that is fun and keeps the reader engaged. I enjoyed the various fairy tale characters that popped up throughout the book and also enjoyed watching Sabrina and Daphne unravel the mystery.One thing I really did not like was the absolutely obnoxious cliffhanger ending. The story in this book is very nicely wrapped up, but then another story is started and left in an absolutely horrible place with a "to be continued" added on. People who read my reviews know I hate this. I don't understand why an author can't draw readers just by writing a well-written book. Doing silly cliffhangers with obnoxious 'to be continued' statements is gimmicky and tacky and just plain annoying.Overall I enjoyed this story more than the first book. I thought the character development was much better and loved all the fun fairy tale characters (Ever Afters) we bumped into throughout the story. The plot was twisty turny, fun to read and really kept me engaged. The fact that this book ends on an absolute cliffhanger annoyed me a lot. I don't understand why writers have to do that. I'll read the third book, The Problem Child, because I already have it on audiobook...if that one ends on another really obnoxious cliffhanger than I probably won't keep reading this series.


Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have been living with their grandmother for over a month and they are just now starting to go to school. Seven-year-old Daphne adjusts to school immediately, who wouldn't with Snow White as your teacher? Twelve-year-old Sabrina has a harder time adjusting; her teacher, Mr. Grumpner, lives up to his name, and the kids in her class aren't exactly friendly. Plus, she'd rather spend the time looking for her missing parents instead of being in school. But Sabrina's attention is soon caught after a series of attacks at the school. Before long, Sabrina, Daphne, their grandmother, and the faithful Mr. Canis are wrapped up in a series of events that threaten the entire town and beyond. "The Unusual Suspects" is a great entry in what is proving to be a delightful series. Michael Buckley deftly weaves several fairy tales into the book, and to his credit, he uses elements from the book versions rather than the sometimes more popular movie version, as when Sabrina uses the golden cap from the Wizard of Oz books. Children will enjoy the fairy tale aspects of the book, while adults will appreciate the subtle humor in the scenes mimicking westerns and detective movies. Sabrina and Daphne are both very believable characters, especially Sabrina and her anger over her parent's disappearance. The fairy tale characters are also well done, presented as real people with real problems and readers will notice the irony at the despair of the Pied Piper of Hamelin when his own child disappears. And readers may be surprised at which fairy tale characters turn out to be heroes and which turn out to be villains. Finally, Buckley ends the book with quite a cliffhanger, which will make readers want to immediately read the next book in the series. Well done!

Rina Kinjo

I literally could not wait to do another book review for "The Sisters Grimm" novels. I had done it for the first book "The Fairy Tale Detectives" earlier this year. If you have not read the first one yet, I suggest you read my first review before reading the information below. In the first book, Sabrina and Daphne both ended up living with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. Eventually they start finding out about their family history which is far more complicated than we imagine. The second book, "The Unusual Suspects" also continues with Sabrina and Daphne`s mysterious journey. The two girls have been escaping reality and haven`t been in school for awhile. The Sister Grimm started to attend Ferryport Landing Elementary. Luckily, Daphne got the sweet and pretty teacher, Ms. Snow and Sabrina got the mean and grumpy, Mr. Grumpner. (what a coincidence in his name!) One day, Sabrina walks into her classroom and sees Mr. Grumpner who has been murdered and was trussed up in a spider web. The murderer continues attack and also decides to kill the school`s caretaker. Relda Grimm and Mayor Charming starts investigating, however another suspect comes looking for Relda Grimm, the Sister Grimm, and Mr. Canis and her name was "Frog girl Monster". The monster was targeting the Grimm`s for some reason. Daphne, Sabrina, and Relda Grimm started thinking, "Why would the everafters harm the humans all of a sudden?" They are trying to find clues and hand prints to find out who is behind the attacks. Daphne and Sabrina are terrified and afraid that the murderer will plan another attack to any of the teachers or even worse, elementary students at the school. Even worse, they start suspecting that the murders behind this attack might behind their parents disappearance. Will they be able to find out who killed Mr. Grumpner and the school`s caretaker in time before another attack occurs? How will they handle the murderer when they find out who it is?


I found this book a little disappointing. I realize this is a YA book. But after reading Bill Willingham's Fables, which is clearly for adults, this seems not only tame but derivative. Ferryport Landing is inhabited by humans but also by Everafters, fairy tale characters who live their lives in disguise. Ferryport is surrounded by spells to keep the Everafters in and also gives them the ability to wipe the minds of normals so that they forget anything suspicious. One of the three little pigs is the police chief. Prince Charming is the mayor. Snow White teaches at the elementary school. Sabrina Grimm hates the Everafters. One or more of them have taken her parents and her hatred is eating her up inside. Her grandmother is appalled that Sabrina could hold so much bigotry. But when teachers are suddenly being killed and her grandmother and sister are taken prisoner, Sabrina has no choice but to act and to ally herself with the best people, even if that means Everafters. The book ends on a serious cliff hanger which means that I will get the next book eventually. But I understand now why I waited for such a long time to get the next book in the series after reading the first one.

Jolie Kerenick

My husband read this aloud to my 10 year old girls and me. It is a great read aloud book. There is some tongue in cheek humor, particularly related to some of the character names, that the kids missed that had my husband and I laughing out loud. We really enjoyed this as a family. I will admit that I fell asleep at times so I missed some parts but I really enjoy this series (this is the second in the series. my husband read the first aloud to us as well but it has been at least 2 years so I have forgotten some of the history). The premise is that there are two young girls, the Grimm sisters, who are decendants of the famous brothers, whose parents have mysteriously disappeared. As it turns out, there is a town, Fairy Port Landing (not sure about the spelling since it is being read to me, not by me)where fairy tale creatures/characters are forced to live in hiding. They are disquised as humans but often their names and the descriptions of their personalities give hints/reference to who they really are. As an example, a very good family friend is Mr. Canis. He is the big bad wolf who is fighting to gain control of his evil side. The two young girls who are the protagonists are smart and resourceful. They manage their parents disappearance by taking it upon themselves to find clues as to there where abouts. The sad part of their disappearance is mostly back story, which works out well since it is a children's book after all. During the story they live with their grandmother who is a great support. There are some funny characters thrown in, such as Puck, also taken in by Granny Relda who is an impish fairy, true to his namesake. Each book seems to have it's own self contained mystery but also gets us closer to the bigger mystery of where the girls' parents are being held captive, and why.I reccomend this series. It would be great for kids/grandkids who read on about a 5th grade level to read on their own, or to read aloud to kids 7 to 10.

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