Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator

Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator

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by Jennifer Allison, Jessica Almasy, Richard Ferrone
     
 

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Ever since her father died, kooky Gilda Joyce has been working hard to sharpen her psychic skills. She's determined to communicate with spirits from the Other Side and become a crack investigator of spooky, twisted mysteries. After wrangling an invitation to visit San Francisco relatives, Gilda discovers just how much her dreary, tight-lipped uncle and his strange,

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Ever since her father died, kooky Gilda Joyce has been working hard to sharpen her psychic skills. She's determined to communicate with spirits from the Other Side and become a crack investigator of spooky, twisted mysteries. After wrangling an invitation to visit San Francisco relatives, Gilda discovers just how much her dreary, tight-lipped uncle and his strange, delicate daughter need her help to uncover the terrible family secret that has a tortured ghost stalking their home.

From poignant to hair-raising and hilarious, this is a behind-the-scenes, tell-all account of the very first case in the illustrious career of Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator.

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Gilda Joyce, 13, lives in Michigan with her widowed mother. With her best friend at camp, Gilda decides she wants an adventure, so she writes to a distant relative, Mr. Splinter, and asks to spend the summer in San Francisco. Unknown to Gilda, Mr. Splinter has a daughter, Juliet, about Gilda's age. After arriving in town, Gilda learns that Juliet had been seeing the ghost of her aunt, who committed suicide. Gilda finds this especially exciting as she considers herself a psychic investigator. Allison pulls off something special here. She not only offers a credible mystery (What really happened to Aunt Meredith?) but also, by allowing readers inside the heads of both girls, provides particularly strong characterizations-much more substantial than the ubiquitous first person narrative would have offered. Moreover, the recent death of Gilda's father and Juliet's psychological problems give the story heft that elevates it above the typical middle mystery or ghost story. Stylistically, the writing is occasionally over the top, but give this book high marks for substance.
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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Fast-paced, funny and poignant combine in Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator, a unique debut novel by local author Jennifer Alison. Teens are sure to connect with irrepressible Gilda, whose companion in many adventures is the Underwood typewriter given to her by her father upon his death two years ago. The 14 year old describes it as "old-fashioned and reliable" like her dad and uses it to type the letters, notes for a novel and psychic-case progress reports interspersed throughout the narrative. When she visits her mother's distant cousin and his daughter, Juliet, in their strange mansion for the summer, Gilda uses her psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of Juliet's aunt's tragic death. The compelling plot will keep pages turning and the well-drawn characters will have readers eagerly anticipating the soon-to-be-released sequel, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake.
Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Quirky Gilda Joyce is an engaging character. She calls herself a psychic investigator and boldly goes where no average teenager would. A dark, haunted tower? Her uncle's office, disguised as a rich woman in stiletto heels? In the process, Gilda manages to make friends with her withdrawn and somewhat sour cousin and enjoy the interesting personalities of her uncle's housekeeper and administrative assistant. This light reading is made even more enjoyable by much humor. The frivolity is balanced with Gilda's sadness over her father's death two years before. The blending of the comical with the very real may seem discordant but it is reflective of the ups and downs of real life, and particularly the lives of young readers. Although Gilda's antics are somewhat unbelievable, her joie de vivre is enough to keep readers entertained and enlivened, as evidenced by a second book in the series, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Zany, likable Gilda Joyce deserves a place right next to her inspiration, Harriet the Spy. Ever since her father died two years ago, Gilda has been working on sharpening her psychic skills, both in an attempt to communicate with him and to solve spooky mysteries. The summer before ninth grade, she invites herself to San Francisco to visit relatives she's never met who live in a brooding Victorian mansion, complete with a ghost in the tower. Lester Splinter, her distant cousin, seems to be hiding something about his sister's suicide years ago, and Gilda is determined to find out what it is, with the help of his lonely, hostile daughter who is her age. Gilda's bravery, bluntness, and willingness to try anything help bring Juliet out of herself. Her asides to her father, written on his old typewriter, are not only humorous; they also show her grief, longing, and love for him. The wacky wigs and costumes she dons will make readers giggle out loud, as will the inserted progress reports she writes of how well her investigations are going. Readers will feel the hair on the back of their necks rise over the predicaments she manages to get into and out of. Returning home at summer's end, Gilda is surprised that her mother has begun to date and her older brother, Stephen, is friendlier. They have all begun to heal from their loss. Let's hope Gilda also returns in another psychic mystery that needs her gutsy, brash attention.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ever since her father passed away, 13-year-old Gilda Joyce has been determined to contact spirits on the other side. She finagles an invitation to visit a distant relative in San Francisco for the summer, who just happens to be in need of her services as a psychic investigator. Equipped with her father's typewriter, an odd collection of disguises, a psychic manual and an inquisitive personality, Gilda begins looking into the mysterious death of her host's sister and the reasons for the bumps in the night. Her persistence pays off in many ways as she befriends her cousin, helps mend a broken family and solves the mystery of the spooky tower. Whether dressed in a formal gown for a seance or attempting to channel her father's spirit through the keys of his typewriter, Gilda's earnest and wacky personality accompanied by her dry wit make this an amusing as well as suspenseful mystery. Surprisingly spooky. (Fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419367694
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
11/18/2005
Series:
The Gilda Joyce Series
Edition description:
Unabridged

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"Zany, likable Gilda Joyce deserves a place right next to her inspiration, Harriet the Spy."-School Library Journal, starred review

"Gilda's earnest and wacky personality accompanied by her dry wit make this an amusing as well as suspenseful mystery." -Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Jennifer Allison is a high school English and creative writing teacher who lives and works near Washington, D.C. This is her first book.

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RebelJim More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that there had better be more of these. If this is the last one I'll be very perturbed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can easily say that this is one of the best paranormal books I have read. Very well done! Love the whole series!
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lizbball27 More than 1 year ago
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 )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Allison has done a great job in this book, with all of the mystery, excitement, and characters. Gilda Joyce is a fun, spunky character with a sixth sense of solving mysteries. This book is fun and spooky. It is definitly worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
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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I hope that there will be a sixth book :3
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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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Jennifer Allison shoould defenetly keep writing these books i have read all of them and they are absolutleyy amazing !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It so good
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Thiis book is many things especially: CONFUSING WEIRD COOL CRAZY AND THET BEST BOOK I EVER READ
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
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Is this last book plz answer!
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