For the Modern Classics Challenge 2018 category of An Award Winning Book I read The Sisters Grimm: The Council of Mirrors by Michael Buckley. This is the ninth and last book in the award winning Sisters Grimm series. The series is also a New York Times Bestseller. The series is about the Grimm family, descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm. In the early days of the United States of America, the Brothers Grimm brought the Everafters (fairy tale people) on a boat to the United States to escape persecution. However, because the risks were so great with so many villains running around, the brothers eventually devised a force field to keep the Everafters from ever leaving the town of Fairyport Landing. Ever since the Grimm family has been working as detectives to solve all the mysteries that are bound to turn up in a town full of Everafters! When Sabrina and Daphne’s parents disappear from their New York City apartment, they eventually end up at their Granny Grimm’s home, except their parents had never told them anything about their Granny, Fairyport Landing, or the fact that the fairy tales were real. Their parents were taken by a sinister group called The Scarlet Hand. Throughout the series, teenagers Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck (oh yes, the Trickster King himself!) work together to try and defeat the Scarlet Hand. In this final book, we learn that the power to defeat the Scarlet Hand once and for all lies with Sabrina and Daphne. The girls overcome their own demons and defeat the Scarlet Hand once in for all, and they all live happily ever after (except the villains)….including Sabrina and Puck about 10 years later!
Do I think The Sisters Grimm is a classic? No, but I do think it is a fun and darling little series that allows kids to have fun with the traditional fairy tales they’ve heard in a new way. Note: The romance factor is definitely not too over the top for kids and is not too idealistic.