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Hi, I'm Priscilla, an ordinary seventh grader with some extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn't hard enough, not only do I have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill my family and me! But with the help of my genius best friend, Tai, we're gonna bring down the evil Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

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Overview

Hi, I'm Priscilla, an ordinary seventh grader with some extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn't hard enough, not only do I have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill my family and me! But with the help of my genius best friend, Tai, we're gonna bring down the evil Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

Winner of The Strongest Start Novel competition
A Flamingnet Top Choice Book
Voted Most Hilarious Read of 2010 by Booklopedia

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Editorial Reviews

Jessica Miller
“What a hilarious and fun middle grade read! I am so excited to find out that this is just book one in a series!... I definitely would recommend this to tween girls looking for a role model character...or boys that want something funny...or adults who love funny YA books...or well, anyone.”
Tiger Holland
“Oh, this one's hilarious. It's like a Percy Jackson and the Olympians book crossed with a Marvel comic and a really funny episode of iCarly… This book has everything--fantastic action scenes, a cool family, strong best friends, junior-high appropriate romance, superpowers, comedy, and a heroine to root for and adore. Great is definitely the appropriate word for Priscilla.”
Tawni Ann
“I couldn’t stop reading, it was definitely a page turner! I couldn’t help but to connect to Priscilla, because I was wishing I was as awesome as she was when I was in 7th grade! I also laughed out loud multiple times. This books was witty and fun and I recommend it to all ages!”
Kelly Brocklehurst
“I was sucked in from page one. Priscilla's voice is so authentic, not just in her dialog, but also in the narration… The story itself is fun. There's action, friendship, a tiny bit of romance--all the things I love. It's perfectly paced, and there was never a dull moment (totally cliche, I know, but totally true). Priscilla the Great is engaging and funny with characters that I loved and really cared about.”
Flamingnet Reviews
I was mesmerized by the story and I couldn't put the book down. Even after I finished reading about it, I found myself wondering what would happen next. While reading the book, I found myself laughing out loud at Priscilla's quirky humor. Although Priscilla has super powers, she still reminds me of a normal 12 year old girl trying to enjoy her childhood. This book could very well become the next Harry Potter. The mixture of comedy, suspense, and action make it hard to stop reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453776278
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Sybil Nelson lives in Charleston, SC. She is a former math teacher and has a master’s degree in mathematics from the College of Charleston and bachelor’s degrees from Washington and Lee University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in biostatistics and continues to write in her spare time. To date, Sybil has completed eight novels.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    A fun tween book

    What an engaging main character! Pricilla isn't like a normal tweenage girl. She has special powers. What kid wouldn't want super powers? Well, they contribute to mishaps and dangers, but the unique situations keep the reader glued.

    Pricilla's friends and family develop nicely throughout this story. The author did a fine job of introducing each one. I feel I know them, and I care about their outcomes. I'm especially drawn to her best friend Tai. She's a brainiac girl who can easily relate to Pricilla's idiosyncrasies. I also liked Pricilla's twin little brothers. They are mischievous little demons who are annoying, yet fun and entertaining.

    This is a fast read, filled with adventure. It dipped me back into my middle school years when imagination, coming of age, and first loves are at their peak. I'm not crazy about cliff-hanger endings (the only reason I rated a 5 rather than a 4), but thankfully I have book #2 to delve into without delay.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    If Nancy Drew had a child one of the X-Men, you'd have someone a

    If Nancy Drew had a child one of the X-Men, you'd have someone almost as awesome as Priscilla the Great. This story is written for preteens through young adults, but it's an excellent read for all ages. As far as why I chose to read it instead of one of my normal fantasy books, well . . . slight confession: I've read all the Nancy Drew series, most of the Hardy Boys, all the Tom Swift, all the Cherry Ames . . . and lots of other books geared to young adult. It's what I read before someone introduced me to my first Xanth book at the age of 14. I've actually had this one in my Kindle for over a year now (along with a bazillion other books, or however many the Kindle holds)

    I really, really, really enjoyed this book. Priscilla is a likable character who goes through the standard frustrations of a 12 year old, but also has a few twists thrown in. She's not without her personality flaws, but they're realistic and the reader can totally sympathize with them. She's got a brothers that make her life difficult, as brothers are supposed to do, and an overprotective father. Her mother is always absent, which upsets Priscilla more than perhaps anything. A couple of boys and a best friend complicate matters, as they should. That's their job after all.

    Then information about the Selliwood Institute starts to appear. I can't tell you too much without giving spoilers. Mix in shady experiments, children, government plots and you get a story that's filled with adventure, danger and mystery. There's no end to the suspense. I started reading and didn't stop until I had finished the story a few hours later.

    The only negative I found was that certain things stretch believability a little bit, but it wasn't enough to detract from the story, and it might not be a problem for it's target audience, which is probably people under the age of 40. *chuckling*

    I highly recommend this book for preteens on up. It's a great story with characters that the reader can relate to. I've already purchased the next in the series and will be getting more as I finish each one. Oh yeah, there's about 8 or so of them, so it's plenty to keep a reader interested.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToo

    PRISCILLA THE GREAT is filled with enough action to satisfy even a hard-to-please middle grade reader. It's a Fantastic Four-type adventure but with a middle school twist. Priscilla isn't particularly popular. She is into video games and comic book heroes. Her best friend, Kyle, offers her some competition, but most of the time he is afraid she'll beat him to a pulp. She beats him in video games and basketball, but amazingly he keeps coming back for more. When Priscilla begins developing some strange abilities, even her extremely intelligent friend, Tai, can't figure out what is going on. The first unusual characteristic Priscilla seems to be exhibiting is the ability to set things on fire. It is an overheated feeling that accelerates to the point that Priscilla's fingertips become like flame throwers. Next, she notices a dramatic increase in her strength. These powers are accompanied by other strange feelings, and keeping them under control is a challenge. At the same time Priscilla is struggling to understand the odd changes in her body, her father is being his usual over-protective self - requiring her to check in multiple times a day and not allowing any sort of after school activities or social life. Not having a cell phone is bad enough, but not being allowed to join in on the traditional festivities of middle school life is taking its toll. Priscilla has taken a sudden interest in one particular boy. She would love nothing more than to have a woman-to-woman talk with her mother, but that's impossible. Her mom is always away on business. That woman's job is at the top of her priority list, with her family way down on the bottom. There is just something weird about hardly seeing her mom and having her father eyeing her every move and monitoring her every breath. Imagine living in a house your entire life and never being allowed to set foot in the basement! That's what Priscilla faces, and she vows to finally get to the bottom of all the strangeness. Author Sybil Nelson keeps readers turning the pages with plenty of fast-paced adventure, including superhuman powers, mysterious corporations, and shady scientific experiments. Her endearing characters will capture readers and have them believing every wild and impossible situation that unfolds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Hi

    Love this bookread it 5 times and i could not keep my eyes out of it u guys should read it!!!!!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    READ!!ive read the series at least 50 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    FANTASTIC SERIES FOR MIDDLE-GRADE GIRLS!

    SYBIL NELSON'S "PRISCILLA THE GREAT" SERIES (REVIEW)

    These books are absolutely wonderful. The heroine, Priscilla is spunky, spirited, and completely what you'd expect a 12 year old super girl to be. The message of 'girl power' in these books is one thing that I really loved. This is a series that every young girl should read from ages 9 and up. While I was reading I'd give my own daughter an idea of what the books were about and now she's dying to get her hands on them. I feel that Sybil Nelson has definitely found her niche in the writing world and these books are destined to become huge! I can't wait for more in the series!

    The story is one that catches you in its grasp and doesn't let go, if you read only one middle-grade series this year you must make it "Priscilla the Great"!

    -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Fantastic Book!! MUST READ

    Fire flinging fingertips, making armored, killer guards rock out to some pop music, and an invisible jet. Man, the lifestyles of the not-so-rich and super-powered.

    Priscilla is just like any other 7th grade girl. She's got a mop of red hair, a overprotective father, a football playing brother, and a set of twin brothers. She and her best friend, Tai, have been plotting ways to get Priss' crush to finally crush back on her. Then, one day, Priss isn't so normal anymore. Right before school at the coolest pool party, her extremely hot crush makes her feel REALLY hot, hotter than she has ever felt before, her face is red and her body is definitely feeling 'off'. Pass it off as hormones, stress, or nerves, but when you can set fire to a bathroom towel by touching it, something has changed.

    Priscilla learns at this point that she may never be normal again, and this fire thing? Is she going to scorch something every time she sees her favorite guy? This cannot be happening, and who is she going to tell? Who will believe her? The answer to that: more people than she realized, and it's an awful lot for her to understand. Oh yea - she is kidnapped and about to be killed now, did I forget to mention that? And her so-called super powers decide to take a vacation, not too super after all, huh?

    I flew through this book! I loved the whole journey. It was fun, it was funny, it was exciting. I can't wait to keep going with this series. The way the author ended it was a cliffhanger I am too weak to resist.

    We get to see a real family in this story. With all of the ups and downs of sibling relationships and parent/child drama. It all feels very real, even with the super powers thrown in. You can tell the family has a real dynamic to it. Who hasn't loved and hated their siblings all at the same time. The same is true in this family. One of my favorite parts is when a booger war is invoked to help the older brother out, even if he didn't realize it at the time. (Every family needs to experience a good booger war!)

    Young adults and some of us not-so-young adults will rush to end of the book, when my Kindle said that I had hit the 100% mark...I was not a happy girl. I couldn't believe I finished it that quickly. I WILL be joining the gang for round two of Priscilla the Great!

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    must read!

    Priscilla is a typical teenage girl, except for the small thing of being able to shoot fire from her fingers. When Priscilla discovers she has superpowers no one is more surprised than her. This is a fantastic story of the adventures of a teenaged supergirl and her family. I enjoyed each and every page...a must read in my opinion!

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    cute action pack

    Priscilla is a 12 year old girl her best friend Tai lives across the street. She has fighting with her mom for the past 3 years after she missed her 10th birthday party because of work. She is gone quite a bit. Priscilla is at a party which she talks to a guy she has a crush on and gets hot. she ends up lighting a towel on fire with her hands. Thats her first hint that something weird is happening to her. Her Father is over protective. So she realizes it has to do with her hormones that she developed powers. Her older brother is josh who helps her when she needs it. and 5 yr. old twin brothers. Its a cute book and a fast read. I won the sequale of this book in exchange of a review and sent me the first one to read. I am looking forward too the second book. I did not want the first to end especially how it ended so I will read the second tonight.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Such a fun read!

    I honestly thought that Priscilla the Great was going to be totally goofy and I would enjoy it but it would be just a side read.NO WAY! Well yes it was goofy, but in the best and funniest way possible! Once I started it there was no stopping me. It was an awesome book!

    Priscilla was a fun character! I loved that she's that shy kind of girl that thinks she's probably an outcast and add in that she's hotter than Hades - literally - and assassins are out to kill her doesn't help the situation. Priscilla is a kick-butt 7th grader who's got the best sense of humor and wits, which she uses to get out of any situation.

    Priscilla has one older brother who sings Christina Aguilera all the time and two crazy little twin brothers. Her dad is a stay-at-home dad and her mom has an 'important' job which causes her to always be away from home and Priscilla is so angry at her. But, when Priscilla finds out what she is and her best friend Tai can't find answers or explain what's happening, things seem to go downhill and Priscilla is captured by creepy doctors! Her family comes together and she finds out secrets that she didn't think were possible.

    I couldn't stop reading, it was definitely a page turner! I couldn't help but to connect to Priscilla, because I was wishing I was as awesome as she was when I was in 7th grade! I also laughed out loud multiple times. This books was witty and fun and I recommend it to all ages!

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    "Great" indeed!

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought Priscilla was such an engaging heroine, because she was funny, clever, and adventerous. I loved how she had a very tomboy-ish personality, but she still wore skirts and dresses, and wasn't afraid to acknowledge her crushes on boys.

    Priscilla wasn't the only engaging character; they all had something going for them. I especially liked the way her relationship with her mother evolved, and how her best friend never hesitated to help her out. Everything about this book was well thought out, and Nelson leaves us with a cliff-hanger that will want the reader wanting more. I would recomend this to anyone who enjoys middle grade fiction; especially if they're looking for a book that can make them laugh out loud.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Superpowered heroine + humor = excellent read

    Priscilla wakes up tied to a chair. She's been kidnapped and the people who are holding her captive plan to kill her, but given whose daughter she is, this really isn't surprising. The story backtracks from this point to tell us what the normal side of Priscilla's 7th-grade life has been like. It's an excellent hook of a beginning--it lets us know we're in a high-stakes action story, then steps back to let us meet the heroine on her own turf. Priscilla is a smart kid who's just dealing with average problems until her hands burst into flames while she's at a party. Her dad is notoriously overprotective and her absentee mother spends all her time overseas, so Priscilla's reluctant to tell them about her new power. But when more powers manifest themselves, Priscilla has trouble keeping them a secret, and she starts to wonder what secrets her own parents might be keeping.

    Oh, this one's hilarious. It's like a Percy Jackson and the Olympians book crossed with a Marvel comic and a really funny episode of iCarly. Priscilla's dialogue is funny, and her internal monologues are equally great. She's a serious comic book fan, so her familiarity with crazy fictional scenarious helps her understand her new gifts, and she gets to use some great geek-references, like when she compares her best friend's perceived misbehavior to Lando Calrissian's betrayal of Han Solo. Her family initially seems like a standard larger-than-life cast of characters: a world-traveling mother, musclebound genius father, girlfriend-crazy teen brother and bratty 5-year-old twin brothers, but they all get some depth. The dad is overprotective in a completely sympathetic way, her older brother Josh has some true sensitivity, and her mother's ongoing abscences are totally justified. They're a very compelling group.

    Priscilla's a clever girl, but she's still got a 7th-grade perspective where youthful inexperience leads to some cute problems, particularly relating to her preppy friend, Kyle. Priscilla and Kyle have a fun "adversarial buddies" vibe going on, where they're always challenging each other to various competitions. The two of them even share custody of a dog, but Priscilla still remains oblivious to his feelings. Their interaction is very sweetly and nicely portrayed, and Kyle gets one of the best "I like you" scenes I've ever read in middle grade fiction.

    This book has everything--fantastic action scenes, a cool family, strong best friends, junior-high appropriate romance, superpowers, comedy, and a heroine to root for and adore. Great is definitely the appropriate word for Priscilla.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    great characters and story

    You really want to know how this turns out. She paints herself into a corner, then works herself out. I don't usually relate to young adult stories, but this works. I hope the series continues soon.

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