Priscilla The Great

Priscilla The Great

by Sybil Nelson

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453776278
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Priscilla the Great 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
John_H_Carroll More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
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.
tanyaj101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I read it after my daughters did so that I could write my review, but we all loved it. We look forward for more to come!!!
jynxpierce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Priscilla is not your average 12 year old, she is not even your average superhero! Priscilla has to juggle school, dating and bratty brothers with discovering her super powers. Funny, exciting and a ¿super¿ read! Glad there is a sequel!
Melgaye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for a older middle school reader. Very good pace and written well from the middle school point of view. There will be a movie playing in your head as you read this. I enjoyed it and will let my daughter read it when she's a little older.
abcarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
ReadingFanatic09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great middle grade read! The characters were go much fun to get to know; I really loved Priss. She was an awesome protag! The storyline is easy to follow with the right combination of suspense and action with just a little side of romance. :-) Highly recommended!
Scoshie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK I know this is a Tween book but it was a really excellent story. The characters sounded true and it was laugh out loud funny. I can not wait to read the next installation of our newest Superhero Priscilla Sumner. Well done and and it was a great way to spend an afternoon inthe sun
madamediotte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fantastic novel that will be sure to please teens and adults alike! I especially enjoyed the main character's humorous musings. Looking forward to see what happens in the next book!
cwaldrum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We are introduced to Priscilla (Priss) M. Sumner as she is gearing down her summer vacation and preparing to start grade 7. Our darling heroine is only a whopping 12 years old when this novel begins (13 when it ends). She's also going through the onset of puberty, ya know with the "lady's days" and all! The changes within her body aren't just those of a normal pre-teen, she's also got a wicked case of the hot flashes, complete with flammable fingertips! You see Miss Priss isn't just a normal kid, she's also a mutant.Then again not just any mutant, she's a second generation (and she didn't even know!) mutant. This is all a surprise as she was not aware of her mother's special abilities and how they got passed along to her, at least some. Priss is quite unique in some of her talents, things her mother cannot do. What kid doesn't love being able to do something cooler and better than their parents?Priss' story has the usual pre-teen drama with her crush liking her BFF and her guy friend liking her and she's not quite feeling the same (at least not then, wink wink nudge nudge). Also the typical over-protective father (okay not really "typical") who wants her to be safe and the "my mother doesn't understand me" schtick that every girl goes through. Throw in a government conspiracy with super-duper mutant assassins and you've got a great read.It was great that the author, Sybil Nelson, allowed Priscilla the role of not only budding mutant, but a wickedly cool super hero. She saves the day and saves the lives of other experimental mutants that her oft-absent mother was trying to save too. The best part of her heroics is that they were done in the a 12 year old mentality. Nothing that she did or said would have been out of character for someone of that age (okay maybe the fingertip fire), and her solutions to the situations she faced were genius and right up the alley of a 12 year old girl.I loved the story. It was written for the age group that Priss is but as an adult I found much humor in her body changes and the love triangles that were connected. It was fun and interesting and a new spin on the whole created vs. natural super hero (our Priss is a comic book lovin' freak too!). For any pre teen I think it would be a perfect read to exaggerate the body changes during puberty and make it easy for them to accept their changes, considering the crazy side affects of Priss' (if she kisses a boy she might light him on fire!).
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
wendallyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my pre-teen daughters in mind and loved it. Priscilla is not your ordinary girl, but she is facing some pretty ordinary middle school problems. She learns the hard way that she really is special. A very entertaining read, I will definitely pass this on to my daughters.
Nicnac63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an engaging main character! Priscilla 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. Priscilla¿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 Priscilla¿s idiosyncrasies. I also liked Priscilla¿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.
Releanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a very original and funny start of series.I enjoyed it pretty much, but:the characters seemed to be at least 15 but surely not 12.sometimes it is too much over-the-top for me, too surreal even for a fantasy.And the cliff-hanger is really bad - I'm sure to read the second book *g*
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All of the reviews that I've read about this book, have given it 4 or 5 star ratings. Many people who've read this book really enjoyed the story and that was one of my main reasons why I decided to review this book. Of course, the description intrigued me as well. Priscilla seemed like an interesting character to read about and I must say that I wasn't disappointed with her. She was just an ordinary seventh grader who suddenly develops into a super enhanced girl! She literally plays with Fire!Priscilla then starts to uncover the truth behind her parents odd behavior, especially her mother who is always out of the country working. She's also no longer safe because of her powers. Strange people have been following her and trying to kidnap her, in order to obtain her powers. Now she has to figure out a way to keep her family and herself safe from the crazy lunatics after her.Priscilla was funny, likable and a bit of a goof but she was a cute character to read about. Certain parts in dialogue were also really funny in this book, such as Priscilla's random thoughts about her family and best friend. Not to mention how every time she discovered something, she would say "Holy Hotdogs!".The book was also a quick read. A VERY quick read, which I wasn't expecting as well. The story itself wasn't bad but I didn't think it was fantastic or great like other reviewers claimed it would be. It felt like a kids version of X-men (Which isn't a bad thing but it really didn't catch my interest much). This would make a great read for middle school kids. I'm sure they would enjoy reading about Priscilla!
HollyRae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book it was such a cute read. The author did a good job keeping the pace of the book I would def recommend it. very cute and easy read : )
emeraldpools on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was cute! I feel immediately in love with the Priscilla character! The opening of the book caught me right away. I felt I had to find out what was going on! But I hope there is another book because the ending left me hanging!
cramundson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Priscilla the great was a very entertaining and age appropriate story of a 12 year old girl, her family, and friends. I found each of the characters charming and well rounded and the plot was entertaining. I would not hesitate to let my 12 year old read this book.
SCSproatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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READ!!ive read the series at least 50 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!