Q - Who are you?

Fair question. Michael Buckley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, the 2012 picture book Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, and the 2015-2017 YA trilogy Undertow. The Sisters Grimm series has been optioned by Amazon Studios for an animated television series and Michael is currently writing the screenplay for NERDS, a 3D animated feature being developed by Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, creators of the 2011 box office hit Gnomeo & Juliet. He has written and developed television shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Channel.

The Sisters Grimm Series: Over 1.8 million copies sold

Book One: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (2005); anniversary reissue May 2017

Book Two: The Unusual Suspects (2005); anniversary reissue May 2017

Book Three: The Problem Child (2006); anniversary reissue May 2017

Book Four: Once Upon a Crime (2007); anniversary reissue August 2017

Book Five: Magic and Other Misdemeanors (2007); anniversary reissue August 2017

Book Six: Tales from the Hood (2008); anniversary reissue August 2017

Book Seven: The Everafter War (2009); anniversary reissue, March 2018

Book Eight: The Inside Story (2010); anniversary reissue, March 2018

Book Nine: Council of Mirrors (2012); anniversary reissue, March 2018

A Very Grimm Guide (2012)


Accolades & Praise for The Sisters Grimm

·      Spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list

·      Published in 22 languages

·      USA Today bestseller

·      IndieBound bestseller and Children’s BookSense Pick

·      Kirkus Reviews Best Fantasy Book

·      A Today Show Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids pick

·      Selected as one of New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

·      Awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award

·      Washington Post Kids Book of the Week

·      Chosen as one of Washington Post’s Top Ten Summer Reads

·      Amazon’s Top 10 Editors’ Picks for Middle Grade

·      Terrific, head-spinning series...Rich in well-set-up surprises and imaginatively tweaked characters, this tongue-in-cheek frolic features both a pair of memorable young sleuths and a madcap plot with plenty of leads into future episodes.”

Kirkus, starred review

·      “Gleefully fractured fairy tales.”



The NERDS Series: Over 1.1 million copies sold

Book One: NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (2009)

Book Two: M is for Mama's Boy (2010)

Book Three: The Cheerleaders of Doom (2011)

Book Four: The Villain Virus (2012)

Book Five: Attack of the Bullies (2013)


Accolades & Praise for NERDS

·      Spent 11 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list

·      Published in 7 languages

·      A Scholastic Book Fair and Book Club selection

·      Soon to be a 3D animated feature film developed by Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, creators of the box office hit Gnomeo & Juliet.  

·      Winner of the 2011 State of Hawaii’s Nene Award

·      Winner of the 2011 Florida’s Sunshine State Young Reader's Award

·      Winner of the 2012 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award

·      Winner of the 2012 Washington Library Media Association’s Sasquatch Award

·      “Funny, clever, and thoroughly entertaining.”

—School Library Journal

·      “The inventive details, story, and made-up futuristic technology will keep pages turning.”

—Kirkus Reviews

·      “Even the more broadly drawn archetypes are fleshed out, making this a perfectly fun and clever read. ”

—Publishers Weekly


The UNDERTOW Trilogy

Book One: Undertow

Book Two: Raging Sea

Book Three: Heart of the Storm


Accolades & Praise for UNDERTOW

“Sharp political commentary and strong parallels to the treatment of minorities in the U.S. ground the world in reality, while the well-rounded and ethnically diverse supporting cast will cause readers to root for them...the breathtaking action and cliff-hanger conclusion will leave teens desperate for more.”

—School Library Journal, starred review


“There are some nice parallels to the civil rights movement and school integration in this novel, but the real attraction for most readers will be the romance and action, both of which are in high supply...should please readers looking supernatural romance with a bit of a twist.”



“Civilization’s end is fast and furious in Michael Buckley’s Undertow. Cut your nails before reading or you will find yourself biting them off.”

—Campus Circle


“Readers will find themselves immersed in this semi-edgy, race-against-the-clock world that's waiting to implode.”



“Buckley packs this propulsive novel with one walloping scene after another, and there's enough action, romance, and high-stakes drama to keep a wide array of readers interested.”



“Buckley draws clear parallels between the vicious anti-Alpha attitudes and existing racial and ethnic prejudices...A fascinating, engaging, and tense tale, and a strong start to the series.”

—Publishers Weekly


“A gripping story that is convincingly told, and astute readers may spot what is almost certainly some sharp political commentary about the ways our own nation has addressed ‘otherness’ throughout our tumultuous history.”