Friday, April 1, 2011

Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson [Review]

Title: Priscilla the Great
Series: Priscilla the Great
Author: Sybil Nelson
Genre: Middle Grade SciFi
Release: Dec 14, 2010
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: WorldMaker
ISBN-10: 0982827334
ISBN-13: 978-0982827338
Reviewer: Rex

3 out of 5 Robots!
About the Book:
Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family. Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

Add an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle and expect a smoking page-turner!
My Review:
Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson is a refreshing, quick middle-grade read. I was hesitant to start it, but once I actually did, I zipped right through it. Priscilla is extremely likable and has that typical tween quick witted attitude. I loved her entire family right from the beginning too.
The plot moves along quickly with twists and turns everywhere. There was actually a good bit of mystery- which kept me intrigued, something I find most middle-grade novels have a hard time doing. Really, my only complaint about this novel is that the characters were too old for their age. It didn't take away from the story, just caught myself saying, really? You're eleven? Priscilla is just so wonderfully sarcastic.
I highly recommend this book to those younger readers out there. It is extremely fun, the family has a great bond and all they characters have an enthralling dynamic.  

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