Priscilla the Great (Priscilla the Great #1) – Sybil Nelson


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!


Priscilla the Great is an amazing middle grade series about a young girl who can shoot fire from her fingers. Priscilla’s mom is never around much since she’s doing good deeds clear across the world, so it’s just Priscilla, her dad, her older brother, and her two younger twin brothers. Talk about a lot of testosterone.

When Priscilla gets her first period, she starts to develop a lot of weird abilities that …well….she’s never even heard of anyone experiencing before. She’s faster than normal, she can hear everything, and, oh, yeah….she can shoot fire from her fingers! Life has taken a new turn for Priscilla, and she’s not quite sure how to handle it.

While trying to balance her new found powers, Priscilla also has to attend middle school, fight her feelings for her crush, develop new feelings, and spend as much time as possible with her bestest best friend in the world. But soon, Priscilla learns that things are much bigger than she once realized. Her mom? Yeah, her mom isn’t no normal mom. Her mom is a badass superhero that is out trying to save the world. And she wants Priscilla to help her. Join Priscilla and her family and friends to discover if they succeed.


I have such a strong passion for middle grade novels, because I truly believe that some of them are absolutely brilliant. Sometimes I want to take a break from thinking…from vampires, werewolves, aliens, lovey dovey romances…all of that jazz. Sometimes I just want to jump into the mind of a seventh grader and join them on the wacky experiences that make up their lives. I can usually tell if I am going to like a mg novel based on the cover, so I felt pretty secure with Priscilla the Great. I wasn’t disappointed. I loved Priscilla. Actually, I loved the whole entire book. I found it to be light and refreshing, as well as comical and spunky. I loved it.

Priscilla was such an amazing character for me! I love reading about strong girls and women. There’s something so empowering about watching/reading them take charge and try to fix everything themselves.  I hate….let me stress this….haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate! reading about females who solely depend on men to fix their problems. Men aren’t all that! Women are pretty dang tough too! I felt that that was greatly portrayed in Priscilla the Great, and I would encourage parents to introduce this book to every girl.

Apparently I have some huge fascination with superheroes that I was never aware of. I don’t read comic books. I don’t really care about superhero movies. Man, I haven’t even watched The Avengers yet. But earlier this year…well…I guess it will be last year when you guys read this….I read Dark Star by Bethany Frenette. LOVED that book! Anyways, the book is about superheroes, and I just went gaga for superheroes! I can’t get enough of them! Same thing with this book, I lovvvved the superhero aspect! I thought that Priscilla’s powers were just so cool! I couldn’t get enough of it. I also enjoyed watching Priscilla’s powers develop as well as her maturity. Don’t get too excited over the maturity thing. Thirteen year olds can only mature so much. But I did notice a difference in her character by the end of the book. It was a really enjoyable experience to watch Priscilla’s growth throughout the book.

I would absolutely recommend this book to every middle school and high school level child. Heck, I’d even recommend this to adults who enjoy mg books. I know that I sure enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series! Priscilla the Great is a book that will keep you on your toes and leave you craving more.

Pages: 309

Publisher: Little Prince Publishing

Publication Date: December 13th, 2010

Rating: [rating: 4]


Teaser Quote: “I caught up with Charlie first. I picked him up and threw him on the couch. Then I sat on him and farted. Yeah, I farted. So what? When dealing with little brothers, sometimes you have to get gross.” (pg 49.)

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