Monday, March 21, 2011

Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: WorldMaker Media 12-1410)
Language: English
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Buy the book: Amazon
If you think your middle school years are awkward and traumatic, try going through them with fire shooting out of your fingers!

Hey, I’m Priscilla and all I want is to be a normal seventh grader. That’s hard enough with 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.

But when psycho, genetically enhanced assassins start trying to kill me and my family, being normal is downright impossible.
When I first heard about the book I thought it sounded pretty good. When I saw it, and there was fire coming out of a person's finger, I just had to see what that was all about! I just adore people who can shoot fire out of their fingers. Like Zuko from Avatar. [<3] So when I read the first few pages, and the girl was trapped in a room with a strange man saying she has to die, I was in!

I started reading about before that happened, like they do in movies when somebody's captured and then their voice in the background says, "that's me. I'm trapped, but let me tell you how I got there..." So I read about her, Priscilla Maxine Sumner, and her family and friends, and of course, her crush. You find out that her mother, Quindolyn, is never around because of work, and Priss resents her for that. Her father, Gregory, is paranoid and overprotective, he always has to know exactly what his children are doing, when they are doing it, why they are doing it, and how long it will take. Her parents are like that for a reason, discovered toward the middle of the book. It is a surprise so I won't tell you. Priss' best friend is a genius named Taiana. She is literally a genius, and is always competing against all these other smart people around the world. And then there's Josh, her 16 year old brother. He is obsessed with Christina Aguilera, and is always listening to her songs or singing them himself! Priss has a lot of other friends and family but it would take too long to explain them all.

My favorite character was probably Priss, closely followed by her five year old twin brothers. I liked Priss because I can kinda relate to her, being in seventh grade and all. She isn't into all the girly stuff and she can hang out with boys without crushing on them and all that. I liked the twins, Charlie and Chester, because they are really weird, and really cool, and they can, this will sound REALLY gross, but they can shoot snot ten feet straight out of their noses! Or was it twenty feet...? Anyway, this book was REALLY funny. I think it turned out to be one of my favorite books. But it did kinda have an ending that leaves you expecting more. So I really, really, REALLY hope the author writes another book about Priss.

[[ I think it's sort of more of a girl book, but if boys really wanted to they could get past the crushing, dating and other girl stuff so they can read about the fighting and video games and stuff that boys like.]]


Jill said...

Wow! Snot 10 feet outta their noses? Sounds like a fun book to me! :) Makes me want to read the book! Good review Faith!

*Andye* said...

This book sounds great! I love your review!

Stacy said...

Well written, Faith.