The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

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"Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596439573
1596439572
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

Seven smart 17 year olds take their time solving the murder of their headmistress, while quietly managing their own affairs and alerting no one in particular of her death.
Young feminist characters navigate 1890's England, my favorite time period!!


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AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

Seven smart 17 year olds take their time solving the murder of their headmistress, while quietly managing their own affairs and alerting no one in particular of her death.
Young feminist characters navigate 1890's England, my favorite time period!!

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Jul 06, 2016

Different than what I normally read, but I definitely don't regret picking it up! It was very funny, and so unlike anything else I've read (which, admittedly might be because I so rarely read this genre). Each of the girls has an adjective to go with them, which was quite helpful, or else I would have gotten quite confused I think. If you're looking for a cheer-me-up book, go straight to this!

CMLReads_Kristin Feb 18, 2016

Hilarious farcical Victorian mystery. Each of the seven teen heroines has a single adjectival descriptor at first: Smooth Kitty, Disgraceful Maryjane, Dour Eleanor, Stout Alice, etc. and each transcends the description in the end (which is part of the point of the whole exercise, really...women, shockingly, are more than just-one-thing). For those who enjoy audio books: this one is narrated by Jayne Entwistle, who does such a wonderful job with the Flavia DeLuce mysteries!

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mmcbeth29
Apr 26, 2015

Seven girls live and learn at St. Etheldreda's School for Young Ladies. During Sunday lunch, the headmistress AND her brother suddenly fall dead. The girls see this as an opportunity for freedom and to finally learn about the things they want to know. So they conspire to hide and then bury the bodies. But this comes with several problems including pretending the headmistress is still alive so they can go about their daily business. But in a small town this is almost impossible to do.

First, I must say that morbid is not typically my usual genre, but this book and the well formed characters pulled me right in. This book had an eclectic feel to it. I felt that I was reading a bit of Agatha Christie, Lemony Snicket and a Comedy of Errors all in one. And although there was quite a bit of morbidity (two murders followed by a desperate burial, and a girl who loves dead people), I greatly enjoyed watching the girls scramble to stay one step ahead of the town as well as the murderer. I couldn't wait to see what ridiculousness they were going to be going up against next and how they would handle it. The story was well written and fast paced. I could picture everything that was happening each step of the way. And I enjoyed the ending where consequences were doled out, but the good guys (or girls) all got what they wanted. I appreciate that Mrs. Godding pointed out the inappropriateness of the girl's behavior and the morbidity of it so you don't leave feeling this is an every day and acceptable occurrence. There was a bit of predictability to the story, but this is written for children so that is to be expected.

My only negative thought is that I love books set in England, but the setting here is meant to be in Ely, England, and not once did I feel I was in England. This book is classified as a junior novel which is usually written for ages 8-12, however this book in all ways is far too mature for this age group. I would like to see the book reclassified as a young adult novel for junior high and up. Kids in this age range would really enjoy this book. And even though it features seven girls, I think boys would get a kick out of the story as well.

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Brooke_Nicole
Apr 12, 2015

The setting was what really made this book so captivating.

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julia_sedai
Feb 13, 2015

I'm almost 25 and I enjoyed this book a lot! It's definitely not just for kids. I'd recommend it for teens and young adults as well. How can you not like a book with characters that have names like Dull Martha, Disgraceful Mary Jane, Stout Alice, Smooth Kitty, Dear Roberta, Dour Elinor, and Pocked Louise? I laughed out loud quite a bit. It starts out funny and does get more serious in the end, and I think the author developed the characters really well. This is a mystery book, but it's also a great representation of Victorian society. It's easy to see the author did a lot of research while writing this. Definitely a book I will read again sometime.

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marthabwaters
Dec 02, 2014

This is a fun kids' mystery set in a Victorian girls' boarding school. The headmistress of St. Etheldra's School for Girls and her good-for-nothing brother drop dead at dinner, and the girls at the school come up with a solution to this inconvenience: cover up the murder so that they can lead a life of independence at the school. The characters manage to stand out despite the large number of them and the mixture of humor and mystery is an appealing one. Readers will have fun trying to guess who the murderer is, and the historical setting will appeal to readers who enjoy the classic drawing room mysteries of the past. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

ChristchurchLib Dec 01, 2014

"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 and 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 neighbours that nothing is wrong." Teen Scene December 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/c784f5e0-f60e-4de8-b886-48d6ca19c407?postId=fc06c11e-c513-43b4-9c4c-2c58d7550540

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mmcbeth29
Apr 26, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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mmcbeth29
Apr 26, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: murder by poison, burying of dead bodies

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