Saturday, November 08, 2008

First Clues: The Sisters Grimm Mysteries

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

We've updated our website by adding another recently published series of mysteries appropriate for children and young adults. This time there are crimes to be solved in a most unusual section of rural New York state.

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives

In the opening book of The Sisters Grimm series, The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (and hauntingly illustrated by Peter Ferguson), Sabrina and Daphne have been sent to live with their mysterious grandmother, Relda Grimm. From their first day in Ferryport Landing, the sisters begin to unravel a mystery that reveals a family secret. Sabrina and Daphne learn they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm, whose famous book of fairy tales is actually a history book. Snow White, the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf—they're all alive and now neighbors of Granny Relda in this community of Everafters, as magical folks like to be called.

But life is not a fairy tale in Ferryport Landing. Someone has set a giant loose on the town, and it's up to the sisters Grimm to stop the giant and find the Everafter behind its murderous rampage. Is it Mayor Charming, formerly Prince Charming, who may have plans to get his kingdom back? Or Jack, the erstwhile giant killer, now working at the Big & Tall store?

Six books in have been published to date, the most recent, Tales from the Hood, a gripping courtroom drama, currently available in hardcover with the paperback edition coming out early next year. The books are recommended for readers aged 10 and older. A book trailer for the series is also available:

is pleased to provide information on over 100 mystery series for children and young adults. Each series is conveniently listed under three different age categories (New Sleuth, ages 4 to 7; Future Sleuth, aged 7 to 10; and Sleuth in Training, ages 10 and older). If you have a favorite mystery series you'd like to see added to our site, please contact us.

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