Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

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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 ...

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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: 9780525479802
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 967,744
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Allison lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their three children.
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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Can't recommend highly enough

    All I can say is that there had better be more of these. If this is the last one I'll be very perturbed.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Great read!

    I can easily say that this is one of the best paranormal books I have read. Very well done! Love the whole series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Awesome

    Read

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    *Bone Chilling Mystery*

    This series gets better and better with every mystery. The story behind the mystery for this book leaves you thinking and shivering....the wonders of this haunting ghost and who she is and why is she is makeing contact with Gilda, the results can be shocking! I a sure you this book will not leave you hanging but ready to join Gilda in another one of her great mysteries as a psychic investigator. ( Also it will leave you wanting to try a fried peanut butter sandwich :D )

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Love this series

    I have not actually read this yet, but I love this series. I bought the sample and can't wait to start it. Last year a teacher reccomended these books to me. My friend and I became obsessed. These are great mysteries, and not scary ones. I would reccomend this to any girl, even if they don't like mysteries. I don't really like mysteries but I loved this series. Great books. A must read. Funny too. Gilda is a character you will fall in love with. READ THIS SERIES! DON'T OVERLOOK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    One of the most haunted place in the U.S.

    Historical Williamsburg, Virginia. I went there on vacation and we did this thing where we went to a tavern at night and the guide told ghost stories (not colonial ones from like a million years ago, they were about things that happened recently.) The most haunted place on the property would be the Peyton Randolph house. The guide once took a group to the place and a couple took pictures and the third one had snow in it. Another time a guard was doing his rounds in the house and he didn't check in so they sent another guard to go find him. The other guard found him in the basement with his flashlight trained on a blank wall, a petrified expression on his face, and- here's the big one- his gun drawn. They never take it out unless they feel their life is threatened. Another one takes place at the tavern where we were sitting; King's Arms Tavern. There was a manager named Erma and she was kinda bossy. Erma died and the employees always say good night or good morning to her even after she died. If you don't, you will mysteriously trip or feel a punch in your stomach. One time a guy and his friends thought it might be fun to do the "ghost tours" before they got shipped out. The tour guide told the group to say good night to Erma and one guy said he wasn't gonna do it. A few feet later he fell like he was punched in the stomach. He stuck his head up and exclaimed, "That was awesome!" What do you think of my real and recent ghost stories?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    JENNIFER ALISON ROCKS:)

    LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Jennifer Allison has done a great job in this last book in the G

    Jennifer Allison has done a great job in this last book in the Gilda Joyce series.  First she set it in one of my favorite places in Florida, St. Augustine.  This was the perfect setting to put Gilda in.  Gilda’s mom is acting strange and Gilda knows it involves a man.  She is not impressed with anything except the fact that the man owns a shop with vintage clothing.  This is Gilda’s all time favorite thing.  Gilda and her mom fly to Florida for the upcoming wedding.  She is to be joined by her brother at a later date.  Once he arrives they learn that things are not what they seem.  They stumble into trouble that could cost them their lives.  Can they help solve a mystery from long ago.  You’ve got to read this to find out what Gilda comes up with and how she solves this mystery.  This book is full of the fun and mystery that is one hundred percent Gilda Joyce.  For me it was full of the history of St. Augustine.  Jennifer definitely did her research on this one.  If nothing else maybe this will entice the reader to come to St. Augustine to check out some of the wonderful history and maybe even check out a ghost or two.  Definitely one of my favorite of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Moar

    I hope that there will be a sixth book :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Favorite series

    I need more Gilda books but I've read the whole series! :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book sooooooooo much! I got it a my local library not knowing a singal thing about it. Now because I read it it is my 2nd favorite series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Gilda: info

    A broad winged female griffon with white feathers and brown wings/fur. She has yellow eyes and a bullyish/coolish attitude. Formerly friends with a pegasus named Rainbow Dash before she turned to the pony/dragon lifestyle. Is the leader of a multigriffon tribe. (Multigriffon means they dont single any out.) The most she ever does for a signature is a capitol g. If shes feeling creative she puts gildash up. Always was laughed at for being daughter of two grey griffons. 2 years old.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Hi

    Its the fith and i live gilda

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Montana problem

    The problem is. Is that i live in montana and some books. Like this one for instance arent in the bn stores. I dont really want to buy it on my nook because i like the feel of the books and smell of pper. I know call me weird. But its true. :(

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Is this the third or fourth?

    HELP PLEASE RESPOND I NEED TO KNOW ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Love!!!!!!

    Jennifer Allison shoould defenetly keep writing these books i have read all of them and they are absolutleyy amazing !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Hi

    It so good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    WOW!!!! BEST BOOK EVER

    Thiis book is many things especially: CONFUSING WEIRD COOL CRAZY AND THET BEST BOOK I EVER READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    I lovveeee Gilda!!

    I love Gilda Joyce and have read all the books in her series. And yes sadly I do think this is the last one. You know once I emailed Jennifer Allison, the author, and she wrote back. You should email her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    fantastic!

    Great book!

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