The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place Book Review
Greetings! Welcome to my review for The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry!
After the death of their overbearing headmistress, seven girls find themselves in a precarious situation. Relinquish freedom and return to their miserable home lives? Or band together to deceive a village and live together? Join the Sisterhood for an engaging mystery with a Victorian English setting and gothic vibes.
One aspect that stood out to me was the creative setting of Victorian England. The vocabulary and attitudes of the characters seem to be accurate as well.
Another feature I enjoyed was the camaraderie between the girls. Each has a special talent or skill that allows them to work together as a team. They made some questionable choices, but their resourcefulness is to be commended.
I also liked how some of the adults are not completely unhelpful. Most middle-grade novels that focus on independence and a group of kids spurn all adult aid and predict them as nothing more than a nuisance or a hindrance, so this story offers a unique experience.
As the story has a large cast, the adjectives attached to the character names are very helpful, even if they’re a little annoying after a while.
One twist caught me completely off-guard, something I always find surprising in a middle-grade novel.
Admittedly, I found myself caring more about the characters than the actual murder.
Overall, this would be a great mystery for a reader too young to embark on Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie adventures but too old for Encyclopedia Brown, like Murder 101!
Language – None!
Sexual – One girl is a bit of a flirt, and some of her advances are described. However, nothing is too inappropriate.
Violence – Some corpses are seen.
Spiritual – There’s a church, but it’s implied that the pastor, a very minor character, is a drunk.
Other – Some older characters drink.