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Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

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by Jennifer Allison, Jessica Almasy (Narrated by)

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When Gilda lands a summer internship at Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum, she finds herself embroiled 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. Gilda's efforts to decode the cryptic message lead to


When Gilda lands a summer internship at Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum, she finds herself embroiled 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. Gilda's efforts to decode the cryptic message lead to further intrigues: Is she on the trail of a mole operating inside the U.S. intelligence community? Aware that 'nothing is what it seems' when it comes to spies in Washington, D.C., Gilda faces the most serious challenge yet in her career as a psychic spy.

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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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Recorded Books, LLC
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The Gilda Joyce Series
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Allison  has worked as a news reporter and a high school English teacher, and she has also held numerous odd jobs—piano player in a shopping mall, assembly-line worker for General Motors, waitress, preschool teacher—that have helped her generate ideas for characters and stories.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and their three children.

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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 !
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It so good
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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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