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Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all of her psychic and investigative skills with her as she sets out to investigate a mysterious death at a Catholic girls’ school. Is Our Lady of Sorrows really haunted by the ghost of Dolores Lambert? Or is the student body suffering from group hysteria? Solving this mystery will put Gilda in more danger than she ever imagined—and will take all of her brashness, bravery, and smarts.

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Overview

Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all of her psychic and investigative skills with her as she sets out to investigate a mysterious death at a Catholic girls’ school. Is Our Lady of Sorrows really haunted by the ghost of Dolores Lambert? Or is the student body suffering from group hysteria? Solving this mystery will put Gilda in more danger than she ever imagined—and will take all of her brashness, bravery, and smarts.

Author Biography: Jennifer Allison is a former high school English and creative writing teacher who lives in Washington, D.C.

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PW's starred review said of Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, "Jennifer Allison's debut novel introduces a spunky, appealingly eccentric 13-year-old who identifies with Harriet the Spy and may well rival her for readers' affections." Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake finds the heroine at the heart of a mystery involving the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the private girls' high school that Gilda is attending on a scholarship. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
There is no way Gilda wants to attend an exclusive all-girl high school with a bunch of rich snobs dressed in ugly pink uniforms. But when her mother's new boyfriend paves the way for her to be accepted on scholarship, Gilda reluctantly agrees to a tour. She quickly finds a school unlike any she has ever experienced; with a main building crafted to look like a castle straight out of the middle ages; a luncheon room decorated completely in pink; Miss Underhill, a tall skinny assistant headmistress dressed all in black who's pale skin and pointy teeth remind Gilda of a vampire; and the plump headmistress, Mrs. McCracken, who looks like someone straight out of the fashion history books with her yellow hair piled high on her head in an outdated beehive. Gilda is intrigued by the strange school and its unusual cast of characters, but still has misgivings until Miss Underhill warns her to keep her voice down around the dead, and Gilda learns of the death several years earlier of a freshman girl whose ghost is said to haunt the school grounds. Gilda's psychic investigative persona kicks in, she accepts the school's offer of admission and sets out to discover the truth about the girl's death. This well-written sequel to Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator is filled with a mixture of humor and suspense that will keep readers engrossed to the end. It is a welcome addition to the middle school mystery collection.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator, makes a return appearance in this comic mystery set at a swanky Catholic girls' school where she is a new student on scholarship. Our Lady of Sorrows seems haunted by the ghost of a student who drowned three years earlier. Gilda's encounters with the headmistress, a handsome teacher, and a small group of popular senior girls lead her to a situation in which she might solve the mystery at the expense of her own safety. Meanwhile, she's not crazy about her widowed mother's unemployed boyfriend. Gilda is a verbal, funny, engaging character whose self-confidence and fearlessness are more reminiscent of Nancy Drew than Sammy Keyes. And, like the classic old series mysteries, this one has an exaggerated sense of reality that usually works well. Occasionally the mix of humor and spookiness doesn't quite mesh, and an anti-hazing plot is worthwhile but a bit heavy on the didacticism. More often, though, this is an intriguing story filled with surprise and suspense. Its length is a plus in that it allows for more complexity. (For instance, Mom's boyfriend turns out to be not quite the clown that Gilda had imagined.) Overall, it's an irreverent, well-written addition to the too-small collection of engrossing mysteries for junior high readers.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340911372
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007

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