Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake [NOOK Book]

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Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all 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 ...
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Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake

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Overview

Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all 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 put all of her brashness, bravery, and smarts to the test.


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What People Are Saying

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Gilda Joyce deserves a place right next to her inspiration, Harriet the Spy. (School Library Journal, starred review on Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator)

Gilda is a verbal, funny, engaging character. . . . This is an intriguing story filled with surprise and suspense. . . . (School Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101562871
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Series: Gilda Joyce
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 277,114
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 553 KB

Meet the Author

I grew up in a small town in Michigan where there wasn’t much for kids to do for fun except ride a bike down a dirt road to the local Dairy Queen, or better yet, to the public library. My two younger brothers and I didn’t have easy access to a swimming pool, movie theater or cable television, but we did have open fields, woods, marshland, old barns, and half-built houses to explore – places that really sparked our imaginations. One of my best friends lived on a sheep farm, and we used to conduct séances in the spooky atmosphere of the barn hayloft near her house (the memory of some of those activities may have influenced Gilda’s fascination with parapsychology and the occult in Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator). I spent long, humid summers reading every book our wonderful local librarian recommended: she had a talent for handing any young person a perfectly selected story.

Throughout junior high and high school, I spent a great deal of time playing the piano (I was one of those odd kids who actually liked piano lessons), and after competing in numerous music competitions, I attended the University of Michigan on a music scholarship. Literature won out over music, however, and I switched my major to English after my freshman year.

After completing a B.A. in English, I edited reference books for an educational publishing company in Detroit for several years, after which I returned to school to complete an M.F.A. in creative writing at American University (Washington, D.C.). After graduate school, I moved to England to work as a healthcare news journalist; I lived in Oxford for about two years, then moved to London to write for an online educational publication. The opportunity to travel and live in a variety of settings certainly furthered my development as a writer. I’ve also held numerous “odd jobs” -- piano player in a shopping mall, assembly line worker for General Motors, waitress, preschool teacher -- that have helped generate numerous ideas for characters and situations to explore in fiction.

The idea for the story of Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator
first emerged while I was living in San Francisco and had recently been laid off from a “dot com” editorial position. With quite a bit of extra time on my hands, I found myself wandering into a store that sold antique typewriters, and walked out with the idea of an eccentric girl who’s fiercely attached to a “magic” typewriter (or a typewriter that she wishes were magic). I knew right away that this typewriter would represent the loss of someone very close – most likely a parent. As the story evolved and I got to know Gilda’s buoyant, life-affirming character, I realized that I wanted to write a story like the ones that had most moved me in my youth – a book that made me laugh while also addressing the reality of grief and loss as a part of life. I was also interested in a theory that people who lose a parent at a young age are sometimes more “driven” and willing to take risks than those who have the security of two parents (while others may respond in a nihilistic sense, by assuming that there’s no point in making a big effort in life since they, too, may die young). In a sense, Gilda and Juliet initially evolved as representations of these two very opposite responses to coping with death.


In the second book in the series, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake, I drew upon my experience teaching English literature and creative writing at a Catholic girls’ school. In this novel, Gilda reluctantly agrees to attend an elite private school on scholarship. It isn’t long before she finds herself in the role of investigative reporter for the school newspaper, immersed in a mystery surrounding the drowning death of a student.


While there’s certainly much of myself in Gilda’s character, the Gilda Joyce novels are completely fictional stories. I often conduct research as part of my writing process—reading books about psychic techniques, interviewing people, visiting neighborhoods or buildings that serve as models for setting. Aspects of my own life inevitably find their way into the novels—childhood memories, places I’ve lived, knowledge from work experiences, character quirks loosely based on friends, relatives, and acquaintances.


In addition to developing my own craft, I enjoy visiting schools and conducting workshops designed to inspire reading and creative writing in young people. I live in Maryland, near Washington, DC with my husband Michael and three children—Max and the twins, Marcus and Genevieve.


















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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Love it

    The best book ever read it everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Fantastic

    Great sequel

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Awesome Book

    I love this series it is a really good book you should read it i love how it ended up

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Amazing

    This is one of my favorite books (no joke), its suspensful and smart. Its a very interesting book. A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Ex-squeeze me??????

    Um what book is this in the series???#1 or #2 or what number???????

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Jennifer Allison has done it again!

    This book was incredible. Judging by the amount of pages it is, it is worth the cost that you might be skeptical about. It is an entertaining and delightfully spooky tale of quirky, lovable Gilda Joyce. It is humorous and also very modern. Any girl can relate to Gilda. A Book Bucket-List MUST!!!! ********if you love this book, read the rest of the series (unfortunately I think that the series is done, though)***********

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Good book

    I would have to say this an really good book! I will contiune with the series, I would have to say this book has very little bad words. But,it's very outgoing book that i fell deeply interested, after i read the book i wanted to be a spy going under cover. But that dream never will come true,because i want to be a lawyer. I have red this book before the first book so its ok though i love the author who wrote all the series to all these books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    OMG!!!!! OMG

    So good i can't say! A little creepy, though at parts. This is the best book i have ever read. I love this series so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Gilda

    Thus book was awesome!!!!!!love gia shes awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    ANSWER ME BACK PLEASE ITS IMPORTANT

    1. U cannot breath though ur mouth and do a puppy dance when u cover ur nose.

    2. U just tried it.

    4. We skipped number 3.

    5. U went back and checked.

    TRICKED YALL!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    AMAZING

    It is one of the best books I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Awesome book

    Its a good book. Sometimes it gets a little confusing. But it stills us a good book othet than that. And make sure that you check out the other books of Gilds Joyce too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Gilda Joyce

    Love these books!!
    Silmply wonderful!!
    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    great.

    this book was outstanding i was going to read the first one first but the cover was so excting i couldnt resist! i read this in about 3 days and was soooo impressed. Its spookieness had me with chills but i couldnt put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Read this book!

    this is the second gilda joyce book i've read and i would highly recomend it! Gida is a funny and entertaning girl. the book keeps you on your toes wanting to know what comes next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is a great mystery book for kids any age. As long if you like this book you'll enjoy it!

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