Whohoo, a break this weekend from my killer school week and a book review!
Title: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Author: Julie Berry
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 23, 2014)
Age Range: 10+
Pages: 368 pages (Hardcover)
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In this novel set in 1890 Ely, England, the girls at St. Etheldreda face a problem concerning the murder of their headmistress, Mrs. Placket and her brother, Mr. Plackett. The 7 girls don’t want to be sent home, so they have to find a way to convince the nosy local townsfolk that nothing is amiss. The girls bravely navigate this perilous mystery with gusto, trying to find the killer, and faking their way through a birthday party, a sociable, a doctor’s exam. We can only hope that of them emerge at the end of this novel unscathed. After this book you won’t ever forget this hilarous tale about friendship, murder, and love.
Usually, I am really bad at remembering characters’ names. I can recite to you what the main character did for the last few chapters but be unable to tell you if his name was Charles or John. At the beginning of this book I had to keep referencing back to the front page of the characters to distinguish between the 7 different girls, but as I continued reading, it became easier and easier to remember who was who. Why? Everyone one is different! Julie Berry is so talented, she is able to give all these girls separate distinguishable identities. I can’t stand writers who give characters lazy broad strokes, making them sound all boring and unoriginal.
What made this book so fun for me was all the female protagonists. The unique characters set a different dynamic from any other novel I have read before. The normal struggles that girls face within their sisterhood are relatable, but what impresses me even more is the loyalty they all have to each other, and learning to get past their differences. And the more funny parts in this novel mainly include scenes when all 7 girls are covering for each other and outrageously dodging very close calls with discovery. After reading this novel, I suddenly wanted to have my own sisterhood, if only be able to experience the closeness and adventure these girls shared. Does anyone want to start a sisterhood with me? ❤
Haha, I loved this book XD. It’s a simple read for people of all ages and especially perfect for those looking for a book with some proper classic Englishness and some frolickin’ fun.
P.S. The name of the title is the a mystery in itself 😀