Michael Buckley Books in Order

The Michael Buckley books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Michael Buckley books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Sisters Grimm Books

The Fairy Tale Detectives

Michael Buckley 2005
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother whom they have always believed to be dead. Read More

The Unusual Suspects

Buckley, Michael 2005
Although filled with anger over her parents' disappearance, eleven-year-old Sabrina Grimm--along with her grandmother, sister, and several fairy-tale characters--tries to discover who has killed her teacher. Read More

The Problem Child

Buckley, Michael 2006

A mystery story with a monstrous twistIn book three of the series, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm tackle their most important mystery: Who kidnapped their parents more than a year ago? Sabrina enters the hideout of the Scarlet Hand, the sinister group of Everafters who are keeping her parents prisoner.

She has a chance to rescue her mom and dad but is foiled by the most famous fairy-tale character in the world. With the help of her little sister (who might be tougher than Sabrina realizes) and a long-lost relative, Sabrina finds a powerful weapon for fighting her enemies, and discovers that magic has a high price.

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Once Upon a Crime

Buckley, Michael 2007

The Grimms take Manhattan in the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series!When fairy-tale detectives Sabrina and Daphne Grimm venture back to the big city to help a friend, they land in the middle of a big mystery. Puck’s father, King Oberon, has been murdered, and the Grimms suspect one of the many famous (and infamous) fairy-tale folk who call the city home.

Can they find the culprit while coming to terms with their mother’s secret life? And will Sabrina ever accept her family’s destiny?Funny and fast-paced, this series puts a fresh spin on girl-detective stories and has won an everexpanding number of fans.

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Magic and Other Misdemeanors

Buckley, Michael 2007

The latest exciting installment in the New York Times bestselling series   When the past and future start mixing with the present, Sabrina and Daphne have their first case to tackle solo—with a little help from the troublemaker Puck. The girls suspect that a rash of magical thefts may be at the root of the problem, but with Mayor Heart’s outrageous taxes to pay and Mr.

Canis’s continuing transformation into the Big Bad Wolf, the Grimms have a lot to worry about and not a lot of time to waste. Can Sabrina and Daphne solve the crime and change the future for the better?   Fans devour this clever series, which becomes more intriguing with each new book.

A Today Show Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids pick!F&P level: U

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Tales From the Hood

Buckley, Michael 2008

Funny, suspenseful, and fast-paced, The Sisters Grimm continues to charm readers with its outrageous take on familiar fairy tales. In Ferryport Landing everyone gets a day in court—even the Big Bad Wolf, a.k.a. Mr. Canis. When Canis is put on trial for past crimes, Mayor Heart’s kangaroo court is determined to find him guilty.

It’s up to the Grimms to uncover evidence to save their friend, though Sabrina starts to wonder whether they would all be safer with the Wolf in jail. Despite her misgivings, Sabrina and her sister, Daphne, investigate what actually happened in the Big Bad Wolf’s most famous tale—and the real story is full of surprises!F&P level: U

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The Everafter War

Buckley, Michael 2009

The Grimm family is caught in the midst of a war in the seventh installment of the beloved New York Times bestselling Sisters Grimm series   After two years trapped in enchanted sleep, Daphne and Sabrina’s parents are finally free. Unfortunately, they’ve awoken to chaos in Ferryport Landing.

Prince Charming and his band of rebels are in hiding, plotting war against the Master and his henchmen. At first, Sabrina is thrilled to have her family back. But after calling the shots for so long, she has forgotten how different—and challenging—life with parents can be.

Meanwhile, the Master has dark plans for the Grimms. The family will finally come face-to-face with their tormentor and a betrayal so deep that it will change their world forever!  

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The Inside Story

Buckley, Michael 2010

The fate of all fairy tales is at stake in the eighth adventure in the beloved New York Times bestselling Sisters Grimm series   Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have studied hundreds of stories as part of their training as fairy-tale detectives, but they never thought they’d actually be in one.

And yet that’s exactly what happens when they follow the diabolical Master into the Book of Everafter, a mysterious tome in which copies of the world’s fairy-tale characters live out their stories over and over again. The Grimms must track down the Master while avoiding the Book’s tyrannical Editor—who is devoted to keeping the stories on track—and his army of story-gobbling revisers.

In the Book of Everafter, stories can be rewritten and destinies changed, which is why Sabrina and Daphne must find the Master before he can alter his own fate—and the fate of the whole world.   Repackaged in paperback with new cover art, these anniversary editions of the beloved Sisters Grimm series are the perfect opportunity for existing fans to revisit the adventures of the Grimm family and for new readers to discover the magic of the series for the first time.

 

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The Council of Mirrors

Buckley, Michael 2012

The thrilling conclusion to the beloved New York Times bestselling Sisters Grimm series!   Grany Relda’s body has been hijacked by the Master, and it’s up to Sabrina, Daphne, and the rest of the Grimms to fight for her freedom and that of Ferryport Landing in the series’s grand finale.

As war rips the town apart, Sabrina consults a team of magic mirrors, who prophesize that the only way the good guys will win is if she leads the army herself. Now, Sabrina controls the fate of all the Everafters, the very people who have made her life so difficult since she and Daphne arrived in Ferryport Landing.

Will they listen to a Grimm? And can she really save them?  

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Publication Order of Sisters Grimm Non-Fiction Books

The Sisters Grimm Ultimate Guide

Buckley, Michael 2011

Explore the world of the Sisters Grimm in this companion guide to the beloved New York Times bestselling fantasy series!   Since its publication, Michael Buckley’s bestselling Sisters Grimm series has delighted fans and fairy-tale lovers of all ages with the adventures of the Grimm family.

Now readers can learn even more secrets behind their favorite characters with this companion guide! Featuring character profiles, maps of the town, found objects from life in Ferryport Landing, fairy-tale “facts,” and much more, this artfully designed guide is the perfect gift for Sisters Grimm readers—even fan favorite Puck weighs in with his cheeky alternate take on all things Grimm!  

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Publication Order of NERDS Books

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society

Buckley, Michael 2009

The excitement of international espionage combined with the awkwardness of elementary makes for non-stop laughs in NERDS, the hilarious series from New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley! Meet the NERDS, a team of eleven-year-old super spies: Duncan “Gluestick” Dewey: He’s a paste-eater who can stick to walls.

Ruby “Pufferfish” Peet: Her allergies help her detect danger and dishonesty. Heathcliff “Choppers” Hodges: He controls minds with his buckteeth. Julio “Flinch” Escala: His hyperactivity gives him super speed and strength. Matilda “Wheezer” Choi: Her inhalers enable her to fly and blast enemies.

Jackson “Braceface” Jones, the new recruit. This metal mouth is the team’s go-to gadget guy . . . if only he can get over becoming a NERD. Can this team of misfits save the world from their secret headquarters in the basement of their school? Can you read NERDS without laughing? Go ahead and try!

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M is for Mama's Boy

Buckley, Michael 2010

A group of unpopular fifth graders run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, they transform their nerdy qualities into incredible abilities! In the series’ second installment, Duncan Dewey (code name: Gluestick) leads the team against a supervillain who used to be a member of NERDS.

But has the team become too dependent on their supergadgets? It will take old-fashioned brainpower and bravery to save the world again. Publishers Weekly raved, “Buckley has a flair for exaggerated humor.”

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The Cheerleaders of Doom

Buckley, Michael 2011

The NERDS series combines the excitement of international espionage with the awkwardness of elementary school as it follows the adventures of a group of unpopular fifth graders who run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, they transform their nerdy qualities into incredible abilities, and the results are awesome, inspiring—and hilarious.

This third installment in the series stars Matilda “Wheezer” Choi, the asthmatic who can fly and kick butt courtesy of her nanobyte-enhanced inhalers. Matilda loves pro wrestling and hates anything “girlie.” Unfortunately for Wheezer, when a former-NERD-turned-villain gets extensive plastic surgery in order to become a cheerleader, Matilda must swallow her pride to successfully infiltrate the squad.

The villain with pom-poms, Gerdie Baker, has created a device that opens portals to other worlds, and if Matilda doesn’t find a way to destroy it, the fates of all the worlds will be at stake.Praise for NERDS: The Cheerleaders of Doom“Fans of the series will gladly recognize how the mayhem of the plot is well matched by a surfeit of quips and general goofiness of the highest order” –Booklist“This series has gotten better with each book and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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The Villain Virus

Buckley, Michael 2012

The excitement of international espionage combined with the awkwardness of elementary makes for non-stop laughs in NERDS, the hilarious series from New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley! Supervillain (and former NERD) Heathcliff Hodges transformed himself into an all-powerful giant head, and now he’s unconscious in the HQ basement, where he can’t cause any more trouble .

. . right? Though Heathcliff’s knocked out, the villain population skyrockets in just a few short days. Normal people get a cold and then suddenly develop insane alter egos and come up with elaborate plans to take over the world. Even the NERDS are vulnerable to the spread of villainy—all except hyperactive Julio “Flinch” Escala.

But he’s never led the team before. Can he focus on more than his next candy bar . . . and save the world?

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Attack of the BULLIES

Buckley, Michael 2013

The grand finale to the New York Times bestselling series, Attack of the BULLIES stars Ruby Peet, aka Agent Pufferfish, the team captain with super nanobyte-enhanced allergies. Pufferfish leads the team in their latest case: the kidnapping of the president’s daughter.

But the NERDS discover she hasn’t been kidnapped—she’s been recruited. Their former librarian, Ms. Holiday, has started a rival organization called BULLIES, who each have their own nanobyte-enhanced upgrades. The BULLIES’ plan: go back in time to make sure NERDS never existed! When Ruby’s teammates begin to vanish one by one, she enlists Agent Brand and Heathcliff Hodges to go back to the 1970s and help the original nerdy secret agents make sure that the future is not erased from existence! Attack of the BULLIES promises action, humor, and a dramatic conclusion to the series.

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Publication Order of Undertow Trilogy Books

Undertow

Buckley, Michael 2015

First, we feared them. Then we fought them. Now they might be our only hope. Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island.

The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him.

But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga!  

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Raging Sea

Buckley, Michael 2016

In the first book of Michael Buckley’s Undertow trilogy, the Alpha arrived and the world was never the same. At the start of the second book, most of south Brooklyn is in ruins and the nation is terrified. Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead, including the mesmerizing prince Fathom.

It’s up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good. The Undertow trilogy is an unforgettable reading experience that author E. Lockhart calls, "Allegorical and romantic, the book nevertheless reads like an action movie with especially awesome CGI.

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Heart of the Storm

Buckley, Michael 2017

After seven months as a captive of Minerva, the insane Alpha queen, Lyric Walker has escaped to the surface. Her only goal is to warn the world about the Great Abyss. When she finally arrives back in Coney Island, she discovers a world she never expected, one where humans and Alpha are finally working hand in hand to rebuild the country.

But she soon discovers that an old enemy allied with an old friend may kill them all before the monsters get their turn.      Where will Lyric’s loyalties, and her heart, lead her? With nail-biting action and romance, Michael Buckley’s epic trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

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Publication Order of Finniverse Books

Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox

Buckley, Michael 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS comes a new action-packed middle-grade series with aliens, robots, and kids saving the world!Finn Foley has a lunchbox, and when he opens it, weird things come out . . . like a seven-foot-tall robot and a strange, blinking device that glues itself to his chest.

The lunchbox also opens wormholes--shortcuts through space--that take Finn to the farthest corners of the galaxy. Sounds awesome, right?Not so much. Rocketing through the cosmos attracts the attention of the Plague, a race of gigantic bugs. The thing on Finn's chest belongs to them--it's the most dangerous weapon in the universe--and they want it back.

To fight the Plague, Finn will need the lunchbox, as well as an unlikely squad of assistants: Lincoln, the bully; Julep, the coolest girl in school; Kate, Finn's unicorn-obsessed little sister; and Highbeam, a robot spy from another galaxy. If they can learn to work together, they just might have a chance, but the bugs are coming, and they'll stop at nothing to get their weapon--even if it means destroying the world.

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Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas

Buckley, Michael 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS comes the second book in an action-packed middle grade series with equal parts humor and heart!When Finn is saved from the Time Rangers by an older version of himself, it comes with a catch.

Old Man Finn needs Finn and his friends, Lincoln and Julep, to help him win battles he lost years ago against the Paradox, a terrible creatures obsessed with revenge against Finn's father. If they succeed, he promises to tell Finn where his father is.

He even gives them a pair of time-traveling pajamas to help them with their quest. There's only one problem. The pajamas malfunction almost immediately. Along the way the kids avoid being eaten by sabretooths, shot by revolutionary war soldiers, and start a war with a town full of holograms, all in an effort to fix the jammies.

Just when their goal is in sight, Julep gets sick. Only...it doesn't seem like she's sick. It seems like she's changing. The adventure may cost Finn more than an old pair of pajamas--it may cost him his friends!

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Publication Order of Picture Books

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show

Buckley, Michael 2012

From Michael Buckley, the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, and Dan Santat, author-illustrator of Sidekicks, comes this hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. “The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary.

Narrated by Kel himself as he attempts his “stunts” with Evel Knievel–like flair, the story unfolds as a performance in which readers themselves become part of the audience, encouraging Kel to get dressed all by himself (without a net!), eat new foods like broccoli (eww!), and take a bath (gasp!).

Bold, interactive, and downright silly, this is a book to make kids cheer and attempt some “stunts” of their own. Praise for Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show: "The stunned faces on the 'audience' as Kel successfully chews and swallows broccoli are hilarious, and their comments will inspire many giggles.

.. the intended audience will be rolling on the floor laughing at these silly antics... Santat’s illustrations, are busy, grandiose, loud, and proud, just like Kel Gilligan. They add depth and humor to the action." ―School Library Journal "Expect demands for multiple readings.

" ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A fantasy romp destined to please preschoolers and parents alike who are faced with getting through the day-to-day tasks that at times feel insurmountable." ―Booklist Award 2013 ReadKiddoRead Kiddos - FINALIST  

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Publication Order of Michael Brand Short Story Collections

Miniature Men

Buckley, Michael 2011
A collection of short stories by Michael Buckley Read More

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