Medina native and acclaimed author returns Thursday for book events

Staff Reports Posted 11 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Julie Berry has written a new murder mystery

Julie Berry has a new novel out: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.

MEDINA – Julie Berry is coming home for a series of events on Thursday to promote her latest murder mystery, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.

Berry, a 1991 Medina High School graduate, will meet with Medina students during the school day on Thursday for writing workshops and assemblies. She also will have book talks and signings at 3 p.m. at the Hoag Library in Albion and then at 6:30 p.m. at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina. Books will be available for sale at book library events.

She will also be at the Rochester Children’s Book Festival on Saturday at Monroe Community College.

Berry currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and four sons.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place from Roaring Brook Press is a farcical Victorian murder mystery for ages 10 to 14. It tells the story of seven proper schoolgirls in a Victorian finishing school, who bury their dead headmistress in the back yard after she is mysteriously poisoned at Sunday dinner. To avoid being sent home, they carry on as if nothing is amiss. Deception, danger and mayhem abound in this rollicking middle-grade romp.

Julie Berry

The book has been called “a delicious confection” by Jessica Day George, author of Wednesdays in the Tower. According to Holly Goldberg Stone (Counting by 7s) it is “Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.”

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is Berry’s 8th title, and it follows the 2013 Viking release of her highly acclaimed YA novel, All the Truth That’s In Me.

“All the Truth” received many accolades including: Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book for 2013, 2014 Edgar Award nominee, Carnegie Medal nominee, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title, Junior Library Guild Selection, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, Horn Book Fanfare 2013 title, and a 2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten pick.

The author’s previous titles include The Amaranth Enchantment (Bloomsburv 2009), Secondhand Charm (Bloomsbury, 2010), and the Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys series (Penguin Books, 2010-11).

For more information, or to view the animated book trailer, visit