Magic and Other Misdemeanors
by Michael Buckley
Here is the fifth book in the captivating fairy-tale/mystery series titled The
Sisters Grimm. This one finds Sabrina (11) and Daphne (7) still trying to figure out
how to waken their parents from a nearly two-year-long magical sleep. But the
mysterious society known as Scarlet Hand, which kidnapped Henry and Veronica Grimm
in the first place, is not yet finished making trouble. In fact, the girls hardly
seem to have any time to work on the problem of their parents, now that a new crime
wave has broken out in the Everafter sanctuary of Ferryport Landing, New York.
Certain Everafters - the real, living, immortal people whose life stories inspired
the great fairy tales - are stealing magical items from others. A wand, a clock, and
a vial of water from the Fountain of Youth have been stolen, and whoever has them is
using them for some unknown purpose. As a side effect of this ill-gotten magic,
rifts are opening in the fabric of time. The past and the future are getting mixed
up, giving the girls a glimpse of an awful future when the Scarlet Hand is running
rampant and only a few hopeless defenders are left... and, in a blast from the past,
putting an ancestor of the Grimm sisters in jeopardy, and all his descendants with
him. With an avaricious new sheriff and a loathesome new mayor breathing down their
necks, it looks as if there may be no future for the Grimms -- or for the many
Everafters helped by their detective work.
So this series comes to its daring and thrilling treatment of Time Travel. Hearts,
homes, and lives are at stake. But in spite of the big fantasy concept and the
serious stakes involved, it remains a kid-friendly mystery with lots of humor and a
good deal of romance (some of the tragic variety). We find out something new about
the seemingly ageless fairies. We encounter dragons, witches, talking mirrors,
diabolical villains (notably including tax collectors), and even a feline
exterminator who is terrified of mice. And at the end, we experience the shock of
seeing a character switch sides. More on that is sure to come in Book 6, titled
Tales from the Hood.
Recommended Age: 10+
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