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Priscilla the Great (Priscilla the Great #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  492 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
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 turn ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by Little Prince Publishing (first published December 13th 2010)
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Feb 21, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it
In a Sentence: A quick middle grade read with a fun main character.

My Thoughts

As I kind of hinted at in my "In a Sentence," section above, Priscilla the Great was a book that, once I actually sat down and devoted time to reading it, I flew through rather quickly. Priscilla "Priss" was a cute, quick-thinking young girl who is hard not to like. She's got a bit of that stereotypical "tween" feel, but not to the point of causing annoyance.

My favorite part of the book was Priscilla's interactions
Jun 26, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 18, 2011 Danna rated it liked it
Priscilla the Great was a really cute read and I had a lot of fun reading it, but there were things that could’ve been better.

Priscilla was a great character, but she sounded too old for her age. Actually, most all of the characters acted a little too old for their age. I felt I would’ve connected more to them if they had been, say, sixteen or seventeen. I liked how Priscilla was fiery<---haha! She did things her own way and had a mind of her own. I also liked how her family was close. It bug
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Jan 24, 2011 Melissa (i swim for oceans) rated it really liked it
Priscilla is pretty much your average tweenage girl. She has crushes, she has a best friend, she experiences bullying and all the stress the middle school entails. Priscilla, however, has something else going for (or against) her, depending how you look at it. Priscilla has incredible superpowers that leave her vulnerable in ways that her classmates could never imagine, but also give her amazing power and potential, making her a veritable fire hazard in school. Can Priscilla master her powers wi ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
Priscilla the Great is a perfect example of what I love about middle grade books. From the characters, to the plot, to the tween-feel, Priscilla the Great has got it all.

Priscilla (aka Priss), has superpowers. She has super strength, super hearing, and fire power. Yes, she can make fire! What I really like is Priss’ personality. She is sarcastic and FIREy and just basically awesome!

Priss has an unusual family and I love all of their hilarious scenes. Her dad is WAY too protective, her mom is gon
Dec 22, 2010 Stray rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I wasn't sure of what to expect with Priscilla. It sounded awesome, but would it be awesome? I wasn't very sure.

Boy, I was wrong.

I found myself liking Priss from the first chapter - literally. She is, in one word, awesome. (I know, I need to broaden my horizons vocabulary-wise, but this is works really well in here). If she were real, I'd want her to be my friend. She is a fun, feisty, determined, and really cool girl, and the way she dealt with everything was very realistic (wit
Courtney Vail
Feb 22, 2012 Courtney Vail rated it it was amazing
Priscilla the Great is a hilarious page-turner full of action, spunk and, of course, way cool powers. If you're looking for a book that actually makes you laugh out loud, you must read this!

A pretty typical middle school girl with a smarty best friend, a comic book addiction and a crush on the school hottie suddenly finds herself setting things on fire, hearing conversations from afar and being able to lift cars. Her mom is so gone and off doing whatever in supposedly Dubai, her little devil tw
J.L. Campbell
Jun 15, 2011 J.L. Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Priscilla, a feisty twelve-year-old, finds out she has the ability to shoot fire out of her fingers. She also discovers that she inherited her powers from her mother, who’s on her own quest to stop an evil scientist from carrying out his plans to use genetically enhanced children to do his dirty-work. Priscilla must eventually rescue her friends, family and the mutant children from the evil Dr. Selliwood

I liked the humor and funny scenes sprinkled throughout the story. Any book that can make me
Dec 29, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I received Priscilla the Great at the perfect time. When I got, I was feeling a little burnt out on reading. I had been reading a lot of "serious" stuff: Stephen King, a book about forensic science, poetry, things like The Replacement. I needed--and wanted--something fun. And that's where Priscilla comes in.

I was sucked in from page one. Priscilla's voice is so authentic, not just in her dialog, but also in the narration. As a writer, voice is something I struggle with, and I am amazed at how st
Jun 03, 2011 Birgit rated it really liked it
Admittedly I don't read YA, or books for an even younger audience, all that often. In this case though, I'm more than glad that I did and I thoroughly enjoyed the novel even as an adult.
This first part of Sybil Nelson's series about the teenage girl Priscilla grabbed me right from the beginning. Starting with a twelve year old girl who suddenly shoots fire out of her fingers this story could have gone many ways, but this one is certainly unusual. Definitely not your average girl-becomes-witch k
Molly Ringle
Jan 20, 2013 Molly Ringle rated it really liked it
It's like Joss Whedon's Buffy, for a younger set! (And without vampires, thankfully. Those are so done to death.) That's what I found myself thinking as I read Nelson's fun, sassy, super-powered book. Hot-headed, kinda-dorky Priscilla discovers some serious girl power as she approaches the often horrible age of thirteen, and learns some awesome things about her family along the way. Her narrative is fun, clever, and sassy, without being annoying or dumbed-down. Priss and her friends and siblings ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Priscilla the great is an understatement! Priscilla the amazing; Priscilla the awesome; Priscilla the fantastic is more accurate!

The book is about a young girl who discovers that she has some extraordinary talents. She can create fire with her fingertips and she also has superhuman strength and hearing. In addition to that, she has a sinister organisation on her case who are intent on hunting her down and experimenting on her and if that wasn't bad enough, she also has boy troubles (and hasn't e
Jan 20, 2011 Ambur rated it it was amazing
Sybil contacted me about her blog tour a while ago, and I jumped at the chance. Priscilla the Great sounded hilarious. I knew it would totally make me nostalgic for junior high and all that 'lovely' drama (yes, that was sarcasm, although sadly some of it was actually nostalgic :P). Here's the blurb:

"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
Kim Justice
Apr 06, 2015 Kim Justice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my readers
Shelves: reviewed
Let me say first here that Author Sybil Nelson is one amazing author. The way this book flowed and topics that were dealt with were so engaging that you feel for the characters as if you were there in their life's. You want to reach over an hug Priscilla and let her know:

To read more of my review: Breath of Life
Gabrielle Carolina Nash
Dec 01, 2015 Gabrielle Carolina Nash rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This is not the book for me and I wouldn't really recommend it, either. The personality of the novel and the inconsistencies began to give me a headache and I finally gave up.

Long Review TK.
Inspired Kathy
Mar 24, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Author Interview & Book Giveaway ends 4/15/11 http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot....

4.5 Stars

Fun middle grade read
Feb 22, 2015 S.C.Poe rated it really liked it
Brainy Priscilla's plagued by all the ordinary woes of a seventh-grade heroine in a contemporary novel--obnoxious brothers, worry-wart parents, a figure like a stick, unruly red hair, and a hopeless crush on Spencer Callahan.

Other challenges are not so quotidian. Her parents keep fibbing (rather clumsily) about where Mom is (South America? Dubai?). Priscilla's also showing signs of paranormal talents, like fire-starting and super-hearing. And (the flash-forward prologue warns) she'd better devel
Jenna H.
Priscilla the Great is a hilarious story of a young girl who’s just found out her family’s secret…superhero like powers.

The humor in Priscilla the Great was what, in my opinion, made the book so good. Priscilla’s character is funny, without being overdone, snarky, without being cynical, and just plain hilarious. She has some great “one-liners” in this book and I couldn’t stop laughing as I was reading.

I also liked the family unit and dynamic in Priscilla the Great. The book started off with Pris
YA Reads Book Reviews
Dec 28, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

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
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Nov 02, 2011 Sammee (I Want to Read That) rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review-read
4.5 Stars

How much do I love this book? The story follows Priscilla, who unexpectedly discovers she is able to shoot fire from her fingertips. Now, if only she could control this power - and the other gifts she seems to be developing - because she's going to need them...

Priscilla is just completely ace! I adored her voice - she is so witty, snarky and fun I couldn’t help but like her (loved the Prissy fits!). Her friend Tai is the best sidekick – beyond intelligent but relatable too. And Kyle is
Linda Dao
May 06, 2011 Linda Dao rated it really liked it
I love it! This is the kind of book that makes me wish I was back in middle school. It was definately an entertaining read and I loved the tween feel. I connected with Priscilla and even managed to start yelling, er screaming at a specific person because I was so into it. She is such a strong character and I envy her confidence and ability to hand the worst of situations, like I don't know, fire shooting out of you hands. It would definately awkward to go up in flames. Her best friend who happen ...more
Tawni (The Book Worms)
Mar 24, 2011 Tawni (The Book Worms) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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. Prisc
May 14, 2011 Izzy rated it really liked it
Seventh-grader Priscilla Sumner has to deal with more than just the typical trials of middle school. In addition to pimples and bullies, she needs to use her extraordinary gifts to defeat genetically enhanced assassins who want to kill her and her family, and destroy the evil Selliwood Institute. But that's not all - she must also work out the secrets her entire family has been hiding from her, and what she finds out changes everything.

One of the best aspects of PRISCILLA THE GREAT were the char
May 05, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it
What a great tween read! I honestly can say that I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. The author created an engaging protag and blended together a perfect amount of suspense and action to keep me "turning the pages." (read this as an ebook)

I loved the fiery (yes, literally and figuratively) narrator, Priscilla (or Priss, as she's called). She was written in such a way that she comes across as very real and very relateable. Her inner dialogue and, well, her actual dialogue strikes m
John Carroll
Mar 04, 2013 John Carroll rated it it was amazing
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 introd ...more
Excerpt from my review below. You can read my full, in-depth review here:

"Fun and fresh, Priscilla the Great is the promising start of what is sure to be an exciting and hilarious series from talented author, Sybil Nelson.............................................

Priscilla the Great is a delightful combination of both contemporary and sci-fi elements. The story really kept me guessing and wanting to know more about what was going on with Priscilla's abi
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Priscilla the Great is a fabulously, fun, entertaining read. Priscilla herself is a snarky, engaging character, whom I really enjoyed getting to know.

Twelve year old Priscilla has grown up thinking her family was some what normal. With a mother who's often away on business, a dad who looks more like a WWE wrestler, a sixteen year hold heart throb bother and two five- year old trouble making twin bothers, she never would have thought her family is far from normal! With out giving away some of the
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
You would think that shooting fire out of your finger would be pretty awesome for a kid. Priscilla thought so too until she realized she put everyone around her at risk. Priscilla tries to keep her secret kept to herself, but soon, she is lighting things on fire all around her. Even hugging or kissing a boy has it's dangers. (don't ask her about the "sex video") When Priscilla's parents learn of her strange ability, years of secrets and lies begin to crumble. Her mother has always been an absent ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Cleo rated it it was amazing
I totally agree with the description, Priscilla the Great was definitely a page-turner! At first I was a little hesitant because it didn't seem like a lot was happening. The beginning was more of just about Priscilla and her normal life and how she's adjusting to these powers that just randomly show up one day. BUT! When the action starts happening, things started picking up.

Another thing that was great about Priscilla the Great was that it was really funny! Priscilla is such a hilarious charact
Oct 08, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy, blog, signed
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson is the ultimate example of what middle grade fiction should be. The book has found just the right balance between the believable and the ridiculous. Let me explain:

Priscilla is your fairly typical 12 year old. She is starting to get interested in boys (giggle) she argues yells at her twin brothers who like to torment her, and she has a tendency to throw a 'Prissy Fit' when she doesn't get her
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