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Authors: Michael Buckley

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The Everafter War

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“Why didn’t I think of
The Sisters Grimm
?
What a great concept!” —Jane Yolen
“A very fun series …”—
Chicago Parent
“The twists and turns of the plot, the clever humor, and the behind-the-scenes glimpses of Everafters we think we know will appeal to many readers.”—
Kliatt
, starred review

In the
Sisters Grimm
series:

BOOK ONE: THE FAIRY-TALE DETECTIVES

BOOK TWO: THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS

BOOK THREE: THE PROBLEM CHILD

BOOK FOUR: ONCE UPON A CRIME

BOOK FIVE: MAGIC AND OTHER MISDEMEANORS

BOOK SIX: TALES FROM THE HOOD

BOOK SEVEN: THE EVERAFTER WAR

BOOK EIGHT: THE INSIDE STORY

In the
NERDS
series:

BOOK ONE: NATIONAL ESPIONAGE, RESCUE,
AND DEFENSE SOCIETY

BOOK TWO: M IS FOR MAMA’S BOY

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents
are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any
resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales
is entirely coincidental.

The Library of Congress has cataloged the harcover edition of this book as follows:

Buckley, Michael.
The Everafter War / by Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson.
p. cm.— (The Sisters Grimm ; bk. 7)
Summary: After their parents awake from a sleeping spell, Daphne and Sabrina become
caught in the middle of a war between the Scarlet Hand and Prince Charming’s Everafter
army and learn a shocking secret about a deadly enemy.
ISBN 978-0-8109-8355-7
[1. Characters in literature—Fiction. 2. Sisters—Fiction. 3. Magic—Fiction. 4. War—
Fiction. 5. Mystery and detective stories.] I. Ferguson, Peter, 1968– ill. II. Title.

PZ7.B882323Ev 2009

[Fic]—dc22

2008045924

Paperback ISBN 978-0-8109-8429-5

Originally published in hardcover by Amulet Books in 2009
Text copyright © 2009 Michael Buckley
Illustrations copyright © 2009 Peter Ferguson

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rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,
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For my brother, Edwin

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

These books benefit from the amazing editing of Susan Van Metre and Maggie Lehrman, who not only correct my bad grammar but encourage me to navigate down roads I would never have known to take. The books also owe greatly to the tireless efforts of Jason Wells, who sings their praises near and far (even on weekends). Thanks to everyone at Amulet/Abrams who works so hard to make such beautiful books.

I owe a great deal of thanks to my literary agent, Alison Fargis, as well as her team at Stonesong Press, and, as always, my good friend Joe Deasy, who eagerly reads and rereads each manuscript.

Much thanks to Lucie Plaisimon, Caroline Hochberg, Ayshia Levy, and Zakiya Casey for their friendly smiles. But mostly thanks to Alison, who gave me Finn, who gives my aimless life an explanation.

S
ABRINA STOOD AGHAST
,
shocked from the discovery she had just made and the wave of emotions that accompanied it. Terror, betrayal, and disgust filled her head, sending mixed signals to every part of her body. One moment she wanted to run—to put as much distance between her and the figure standing before her as possible. The next she wanted to snatch him by the collar and shake him in anger until he explained himself
.

“You? You’re the Master? You’re the leader of the Scarlet Hand?”

“Yes,” he said calmly
.

“But you—” Daphne said, trembling
.

“But I was your friend? Is that what you were going to say?”

“Yes! I trusted you. We all trusted you!” Sabrina cried
.

“Then I’m afraid you’ve made a terrible mistake.”

 

abrina Grimm’s life was a collection of odd events. But sitting in her grandmother’s living room with three massive brown bears might have been the oddest of them all.

The bears had arrived in the company of a curly-haired blond woman with dazzling eyes. Her face was round and tanned, with dimples in her cheeks and a dainty nose sprinkled with golden freckles. Her name was Goldilocks. Yes,
the
Goldilocks, only twenty years older and overflowing with a nervous energy that kept her rushing around the living room rearranging furniture to her liking. She moved lamps and rugs, switched chairs with tables, and even took down family portraits and rehung them on different walls. When she moved something, she would step back and look at it, mutter something incomprehensible to herself, stick her tongue out, and then move it again. If she liked where it landed she would beam with pride and say, “Just right.”

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