Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Clues Review: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

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The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

Amulet (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-8109-9323-6 (0810993236)
ISBN-13: 978-0-8109-9323-5 (9780810993235)
Publication Date: April 2007
List Price: $6.95

Review written by Tiffany, Age 12, Grade 6. Date of review: February 2009.

Review: Blood-red handprints have been showing up everywhere: Sabrina and Daphne's parents old abandoned car, the school chalkboard, murder scenes, rooftops, and asylums! The girls are hot on the tail of The Scarlet Hand and know they will get closer as time goes by! But will they ever actually catch her? Find out in The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley. This book was published in 2005. Fans of the first book The Fairy-Tale Detectives were overjoyed when this book was published.

There is a murderer or murderers roaming around the school. Sabrina and Daphne need to figure out who is murdering all of the school staff! The girls find half-girl half-frogs, giant spiders, and monstrous children. The girls and Puck must sneak around the school to figure out who has been murdering people. Sabrina accuses every Everafter in sight, believing one is responsible for her parents kidnapping. They even fight off Jabberwockies and murderers along the way to figuring out who is killing many people and maybe even getting one step closer to figuring out who had stolen their parents and why.

I honestly loved this book. It is full of fairy-tales and fables with an odd twist on them. I think it was really cool how the author turned fairy-tales and child's play into something that could give little children nightmares! He managed to make them as though they lived in today's real community, and among us all. It seems he could have experienced it all before. Michael Buckley is an amazing author and I among others honor his great writing skills! I would suggest this book and any others in his series in a flash!

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