Book 1: The Fairy-Tale Detectives
The fun of this book, of course, is the modern twist in the fairy tales, and how they are brought together in a more modern context. Petty squabbles over old disputes amuse readers as they consider well-known stories from different perspectives. The book is fast-paced, with plenty of action, and a good sprinkle of humor. What makes it worthwhile, though, is that there is still some character development. Although Sabrina is bossy and cynical, you relate to her and root for her.
This would be a good mentor text for students working through twisted or fractured fairy tales, as they attempt to write some of their own. Although the book is appropriate for fourth graders, middle school readers will also find it appealing.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions Coming Soon**
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