The Sisters Grimm is a popular juvenile mystery series by Michael Buckley. In Book One: Fairy Tale Detectives, tough Sabrina Grimm, age 11, and her 7 year old sweethearted sister, Daphne, have been shuffled from one bad foster care home to another for the past year and a half. Now they are to be left with an old woman from Ferryport Landing who claims to be their grandmother. Sabrina and Daphne are not orphans, their parents disappeared one day, with only a single clue, a painted red hand on the dashboard of their car.
Relda Grimm is a nice storybook sort of grandmother, with a few quirks. She claims that practically everyone in Ferryport is an Everafter, or a real character from a fairy tale, nursery rhyme, myth or legend, and that all of those stories are true. Daphne is easily convinced, and is eager to love Granny Relda. Sabrina is suspicious, and is obsessed with planning their escape from whom she considers to be a wacko. Unfortunately, she and Daphne make a run for it just as real giant appears and Granny Relda and her friend/sidekick, Mr. Canis, are captured.
Granny drops her purse from the giant's grasp, before he runs off with them. Sabrina finds a photo of Granny, with their parents, in the purse. Thus, the girls decide to rescue Granny and Mr. Canis. With the help of the Magic Mirror, Puck, Jack the Giant Killer and Mayor Charming, the girls learn a lot about their magical heritage, and discover that their parents are still alive.
The author makes mention of the original fairy tales, and their origins in the Reader's Guide, encouraging all to read Andrew Lang, L. Frank Baum, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and others, as well as pointing out that the versions of the stories that we are familiar with are not accurate.
Delightful and humorous, this book is Highly Recommended, and I look forward to reading the entire series.