Title: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Author: Julie Berry
Published: September 23rd, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
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There’s a murderer on the loose—but that doesn’t stop the girls of St. Etheldreda’s from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce.
The students of St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home—unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is a smart, hilarious Victorian romp, full of outrageous plot twists, mistaken identities, and mysterious happenings.
Things I enjoyed about this book:
Julie Berry made it easy to get into this book! I thought it was quick and witty. It’s always fun when a few nice girls get sucked into murder. I enjoyed the femininity threaded throughout this novel. I absolutely loved the scene that was set and the characters. It had a lot of fun twists and turns.
The Things I Didn’t Enjoy:
The only negative comment I have for this book was there were so many characters to follow and might be hard to keep up with, with the intended age.
MRS BIRDS WORDS REVIEW
Julie Berry deserves 5 out 5 bird feathers for this middle grade wonder! This book had my laughing and guessing until the end. The scene was set beautifully and the characters had a way of drawing you in. Each character as a defining characteristic that is used in front of their names every time they are mentioned. In the beginning, I thought the repition would be obnoxious, but in the end I found it in endearing. At times I did feel like I was in the middle of clue, but that’s not the worst thing. It was a sisterhood I wanted to join!
It does talk about murder, but very satirically! I didn’t think it was scary in the slightest.