Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

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by Jennifer Allison
     
 

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When Gilda lands a summer internship at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., she finds herself caught up in both a museum haunting and a real case of espionage. While investigating a cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's son was once buried, Gilda stumbles upon a spy's 'dead drop' of classified information. As she tries to decode the cryptic message, Gilda

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When Gilda lands a summer internship at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., she finds herself caught up in both a museum haunting and a real case of espionage. While investigating a cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's son was once buried, Gilda stumbles upon a spy's 'dead drop' of classified information. As she tries to decode the cryptic message, Gilda realizes her case is not only a matter of investigating the supernatural; she's involved in an urgent matter of national security and faces her most serious challenge yet.

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. . . one of the strongest of the series . . . full of excitement . . . a bustling, often-amusing read.
VOYA - Debbie Clifford
This book finds teen psychic investigator Gilda working a summer internship at the Spy Museum in Washington DC. Soon after arriving for her first day, Gilda accompanies a museum historian when he picks up some Cold War artifacts from a former KGB spy. Subsequently unusual things begin happening at the museum—a ghost appears, equipment malfunctions, and strange graffiti is found. Gilda cannot resist following clues and attempting to find out what's happening. She does this with the guidance of her dog-eared copy of Master Psychic's Handbook. She is thrilled when she meets the handbook's author, Balthazar Frobenius, and the two join forces to solve the mystery. Gilda's quirky character is matched by her fashion sense, which adds a light humor to the story. Young teen readers will quickly find themselves immersed in a very good story and will enjoy following Gilda's journey. Older teen readers might find it difficult to focus on the story when Gilda's character comes across rather unevenly. At times, she is wise beyond her years and other times she is very immature. It is rather unbelievable that a fourteen-year-old would be allowed to go to a strange city alone for a summer and share an apartment with an unknown twenty-something. This fourth series installment builds on Gilda's already established popularity. Reviewer: Debbie Clifford
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Imagine the adventures a fourteen-year-old (well, fourteen years and eleven months old) could have in the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.! Gilda Joyce has just that opportunity after she fudges about her age (fifteen is the minimum age for interns) and receives a summer internship there. She is big into lies right now, even lying about her name and hometown to a man she meets on the Metro. He turns out to be the Executive Director of the International Spy Museum. Could her secretive instincts perhaps lend themselves well to a role as a spy recruit rather than just an intern? Her insight into situations and subsequent endeavors often reflect those of someone much older than (almost) fifteen. The first-person narrative gives a sense of immediacy to the story, and the reader feels personally engaged in Gilda's adventures. Gilda not only learns about the workings of the International Spy Museum, experiences a museum haunting and sees a real case of espionage; she also interacts with Cold War and psychic spies. After she stumbles upon a spy's "dead drop" of classified information, she is thrust further into the world of intrigue. Her abilities as a psychic investigator are truly put to the test when reality is not what it seems. She shows her youthful independence quite well while living in her psychic spy world. Earlier books in this series about Gilda's adventures include: Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator, Ladies of the Lake, and The Ghost Sonata. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Teen detective Gilda Joyce homes in on the nation's capital in this fourth book in the acclaimed mystery series. Gilda's summer internship at Washington's International Spy Museum becomes haunted by a "lipstick pistol," a disgruntled CIA mole and the sad ghost of Svetlana, a Soviet spy. Gilda has all the smarts of a Nancy Drew plus psychic abilities and a sense of humor. You gotta love a girl who lands at Reagan National Airport in a pillbox hat a la Jackie Kennedy. Gilda also shares espionage tricks with Spy-Camp kids and advises her widowed mom to avoid dating and stick to "knitting and bowling." Maryland author Jennifer Allison brings to life quirky Gilda and her unique setting while deftly handling the twists of an intricate plot. Local kids will love finding familiar landmarks in the book. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

In her latest psychic investigation, Gilda Joyce, "fourteen years and 11 months," has slightly fudged her age to land a summer internship at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. There she encounters a variety of characters, from spy museum summer campers to a former KGB agent, to her longtime psychic idol and mentor, Balthazar Frobenius. The humor, pacing, and story line are all top-notch, and Allison succeeds at breathing life into the entire cast. Gilda seems even more grown up and independent with as much, if not more, chutzpah than in her previous adventures. She retains and further develops her psychic powers that allow her to figure out and find the "dead drop," an agreed-upon place where spies leave crucial information for one another (and for government officials). Yet Gilda also shows some investigative restraint when it comes to equally important matters such as the questionable relationship between her brother and her best friend. This is a well-told story with a tenacious, yet completely endearing heroine. Allison creates a summer anyone would envy-anyone interested in intrigue, adventure, fashion, and the truth, that is.-Tracy Weiskind, Chicago Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142416389
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/27/2010
Series:
Gilda Joyce Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
443,481
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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