Friday, March 14, 2008

The Sisters Grimm- Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley

Sabrina and Daphne have retrieved their parents, but they remain locked in an ensorcelled sleep, and no one seems to be able to wake them. Granny Relda beings over all the Everafters who have been under some sort of enchantment to ask them for ideas on how to wake up her son and his bride, but though they discuss it, nothing seems to work and they run out of ideas.

The next morning, Baba Yaga comes back to accuse Sabrina of stealing her wand. Sabrina certainly didn't do any such thing, but Relda calms her down by telling her that they will investigate into who really stole her wand. Baba Yaga eventually agrees, but seems little mollified.

She isn't the only witch or sorceress who has had things go missing, and Relda and the girls need to investigate them all. But the new mayor of Ferryport Landing, Mrs. Heart, the former Queen of Hearts, is decidedly against humans, especially the Grimms, and comes up with a scheme to evict them all from town by jacking up their property taxes to $150,000. When Relda is able to get the money, Mrs. Heart and the new sherriff, the Sherriff of Nottingham, jack it up an additional $300,000 dollars and tell them the money is due in two days.

One of the items stolen is a clock that can control time, and it is causing timeslips around the town, letting people, creatures and items into town from different periods in history. Stumbling through one such crack in time, Sabrina and Daphne find themselves 15 years into the future and a town that is ruined and deserted. Can they find the thief and cause that horrible future not to come to pass? Possibly, but they will need the help of the past and the future to find out!

This was an entertaining story and almost completely unexpected in the direction it took. The future looks fairly grim for the Grimms (no pun intended) and for the town itself, but thanks to Sabrina's change of heart in the last book and her deciding to accept her role in the Grimm family, Sabrina is no longer whining and complaining her way through each book.

Even though this book is written for school-age kids, adults who still appreciate fairy-tales will still find it a short, but entertaining read.

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