Michael Buckley (author)

Michael William Buckley[1] (born August 16, 1969) is a bestselling children's author whose works include The Sisters Grimm and the N.E.R.D.S. book series.

Michael Buckley
Buckley in 2007
BornMichael Buckley
(1969-08-16) August 16, 1969
Akron, Ohio
Alma materOhio University,
University of Akron
GenreChildren's literature and Young Adult
Notable worksN.E.R.D.S.,
The Sisters Grimm
Undertow trilogy
Alison Fargis (m. 2005)
ChildrenFinn Buckley

Early life

Born in Akron, Ohio, Michael Buckley attended Ohio University, where he graduated with honors.[2] Shortly after graduating from Ohio University in 1986, Buckley moved to New York City.[3]


Sometime after college Buckley moved to New York City to start an internship with the Late Show with David Letterman, then moved into a television production job where he worked on documentaries.[4] His books are published by Harry N. Abrams. Buckley worked as a stand-up comic as well as a TV copywriter before he started to write The Sisters Grimm series.[3] Buckley had originally planned for The Sisters Grimm to be a television series until his wife suggested turning it into a book.[5]

In 2010, Buckley and his writing partner, Joe Deasy, created an animated series for Cartoon Network called Robotomy. Buckley and Deasy executive produced as well as wrote the first season that starred Patton Oswalt and Dana Snyder (Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force). The series aired in CN's prime time block.

He is currently writing the screenplay for a N.E.R.D.S. animated feature developed by Elton John's Rocket Pictures.[6] He also recently finished his new series, Undertow.

Michael Buckley is married to Alison Fargis, a literary agent and co-owner of Stonesong Press, and they have a son, Finn.[2]


The Sisters Grimm

  1. The Fairy-Tale Detectives (2005)
  2. The Unusual Suspects (2005)
  3. The Problem Child (2006)
  4. Once Upon a Crime (2007)
  5. Magic and Other Misdemeanors (2007)
  6. Tales from the Hood (2008)
  7. The Everafter War (2009)
  8. The Inside Story (2010)
  9. The Council of Mirrors (2012)
    • The Sisters Grimm: A Very Grimm Guide (2012)


  1. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (2009)
  2. M is for Mama's Boy (2010)
  3. The Cheerleaders of Doom (2011)
  4. The Villain Virus (2012)
  5. Attack of the BULLIES (2013)


  1. Undertow (2015)[7]
  2. Raging Sea (2016)[8]
  3. Heart of the Storm (2017)[9]


  • Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show (2012)[10]
  • Robotomy [5][3]


  1. "Ohio Birth Index, 1908-2011". Ohio Department of Health. September 10, 1969. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  2. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Alison Fargis, Michael Buckley". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. September 18, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
  3. "About Buckley". I Don't Have Time For This Blog. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. "Reading by Author Michael Buckley Part of Harry Potter Weekend Events". Putnam County News and Recorder. July 10, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2009.
  5. "Michael Buckley | National Book Festival - Library of Congress". www.loc.gov. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  6. Fleming, Mike (January 20, 2012). "Elton John's Rocket Pictures Turning Kidbook 'Nerds' Into Animated Feature". Deadline. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  7. "Rights Report: Week of July 29, 2013". Publishers Weekly. August 1, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2014. The series launches with Undertow in spring 2015, with books two and three to follow in spring 2016 and spring 2017.
  8. Biedenharn, Isabella (May 27, 2015). "See the cover and an excerpt from Michael Buckley's 'Raging Sea,' book two in the Undertow Trilogy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  9. "Heart of the Storm". Kirkus Reviews. December 6, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  10. "Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show". Abrams Books. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
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