Book 1: The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Sabrina and Daphne have run away from foster care--again--and this time, they are expected to live with someone who calls herself Granny Relda. Daphne is willing to believe they're related, but Sabrina is highly suspicious. Things get even weirder as they meet people like Mayor Charming, Sheriff Ham (who is remarkably pig-like), and their new teacher, Snow White.
Book 2: The Unusual Suspects
Book 3: The Problem Child
Book 4: Once Upon a Crime
Book 5: Magic and Other Misdemeanors
Book 6: Tales from the Hood
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.
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