Miss Priss: On and Off The Court
Priscilla AKA Miss Priss loves everything about basketball. She loves her family and her best friend Bobbie. Miss Priss's grandparents live next door. One day Miss Priss goes to see her grandpa and tells him she wants to play basketball. To her surprise she finds out that her grandpa is a great player. This is something that draws them closer together. He teaches her a thing or two about the game and some 'technical' terms (not so technical in reality). Miss Priss eats, sleeps, and dreams basketball. Pretty soon her dad learns the secret that she and her grandpa are playing ball together. He is all for it, but her mom on the other hand wants a cheerleading daughter, not a ball player.
At first I did not like the story line. As a mom, I didn't like the idea of a child going behind the parent's back to accomplish her dreams- even if the parent was being ridiculous. The book was written very well and there is a lot of humor spread throughout the pages. It is not the writing I didn't like, it is the fact that a kid is going behind her parent's back and that her father encourages it. When I finished the story it all made sense to me. Then I thought about the story more. As I thought through it, the author's reasoning made more sense.
If you read it from a pre-teen's perspective, you will feel what Miss Priss felt. You will also feel the uneasiness her best friend felt. I like that the author had the disagreement between her parents. Since they were on opposing sides of the basketball argument it added to the story, it didn't take away. The author really understood what it feels like to be at a disagreement with parents, and has a grasp on a pre-teen's point of view. Even though I thought I wasn't appreciating the story I found it a great read and by the end the stuff I didn't like- the arguing with parents, the sneakiness of her dad, the lack of understanding by her mom- was all worked out. I highly recommend Miss Priss for girls ages 10-13.