Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator

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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 ...
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Overview

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142406984
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/23/2006
  • Series: Gilda Joyce Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 180,227
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great!!!

    This book was amazing!!! If you want a good scary paranormal, supernatural book than this is the one for you. Gilda joyce is a great series, and this story with the two girls trying to get along, its amazing. Gilda is soo good at what she does at, and i would give this book two thumbs up!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    BEST BOOK EVER

    OMG best book ever!!! gotta read # 2!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Awesome Book!

    I couldn't put it down it was such a good mystery! Age 9

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

    The Best Book Ever!!!

    I found this book in a used book store and bought it because the cover and title was very interesting.I didn't know what to excpect because i didn't even look inside.When I started reading the book in my house I couldn't believe i was already on page 100 in 1 hour.I couldn't stop reading the book and ended up finishing th next day.I love mystery and ghost stories.I can't wait to finish the whole entire series!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Definitely Read This!!!

    After this book was given to me a few years ago by my aunt, I put it off for a little while but then eventually read it. Gilda is a cool person and readers can relate to her. Definitely read this series- I'm on the last one! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Glida Joyce Pyschic Invetigator was a mystery novel written by

    Glida Joyce Pyschic Invetigator was a mystery novel written by Jennifer Allsion containing 321 pages. It was about Glida Joyce a thirteen year old girl in school. She claims to her classmate that she was going to San Fransico, but she knew that her mother was a nurse couldn't afford to pay and go with her to San Fransico because her dad pasted away and her mom was the only one working. So she wants to make that happen and she knew that her mother had a relativitle that lives in San Franscio and she wants to go vist him. Glida mother was a far relatitivitle of Lester Splinter who lived in San Franscio, so she thought that it was a bad idea. So Glida email Lester Splinter about her vist if she can come vist. Lester Splinter was a businesses man and he is very rich so he has many manger and Rosa was one one them. She recieved the letter and she was impressed by the way Glida writes and she thought that she wans't a spoiled brat like Juliet, which is Lester's daughter and he had divorced. So she asked Lester if Glida can come to vist and he said yes. So she arranged for Glida to come and she was excited to come. So when she arrived at San Franscio she didn't get along with Juliet, but later on they got along and tries to uncover the family sercets. In my opinion this is a very good mystery book and very exciting when you read the book. There are only a few hard vocabulary words that are in the text that i personally think is undrstandable for middle school students. As stated on page 115 'she lived in a very unfashionable Midwestern city and wore bizarre clothes." In this text the word bizarre might be a hard vocabulary word, but using context clues you can figure out that it means odd or unsunal and that shouln't be a problem preventing you from understanding the text. I think that everything about this book is fine and i recommend you to read the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great book so far!

    I just started reading this is a great book!! I got to page 250 and it is soo interesting!! I would recommend this to 10.good no great book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Bst book eva

    I loved this book and i really dont like mystery books but i recomend this book to any one but i am 11 and it was a very easy short book it is good for under 12

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    5 Stars

    I love gilda joyce she is so great must read whole series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!"!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    To comment number 5...

    I wud give it 3 thumbs up...
    BURN!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

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    A cute but forgetable book

    Being over the suggested age limit for this book and having high vocabulary standards, it was OK. It did have vivid details and descriptions, but in the middle it was kind of boring. I had high hopes for this book, and it only met them 75%. Well, I'll just say this: don't pay over 10 dollars for it, or you'll waste your money. You should get it from the library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

    Awesome!!!

    This was such a good book! I loved it so much. It is suprisingly scary at some parts. Gilda is so funny and always makes me laugh. She's really strange and she seems really sincere and different from all of the other books you read about popular girls and stuff. She's unique and whenever I need to cheer up I read these books. Or as Gild would say 'eat a peanut butter and bannana chocolate sandwhich'. The characters all have depth and I love how real everything seems. Read this if your in the mood for an amazing fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

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    Go Gilda!!!

    Surprisingly scary and more and more thrilling as the pages turn, "Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator" is a great book! Funny and determined, Gilda is a neophyte when it comes to being an investigator. This book is her first case. Let me tell you, she closes this case with ease as she discovers her potential skills as a psychic investigator. This is a more current and modern day Nancy Drew novel that gets you on the edge of your seats! Go Gilda!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is a recommended for the ones who loves mysteries. this book is about a thirteen year old 8th grade girl named Gilda Joyce , and she is solving quite big mysteries in all of her books. hope you like the book, and recommend you read more books and get a better grade.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    AWESOME

    this book was one of my favorites and i have read the others (ladies of the lake, ghost sonata in progress) they are very good and any one will like them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator was a mystery novel written by

    Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator was a mystery novel written by Jennifer Allison containing 321 pages. It was about Gilda Joyce a thirteen year old girl in school. She claims to her classmate that she was going to San Francisco, but she knew that her mother wouldn't allow it because she was a nurse and couldn't afford to pay for her trip to San Francisco. Glida father has pasted away and her mother was the only one working to support the family. Still she insits on going and wants to make that happen so she asked her mother if she could go visit a relative of hers in San Francisco. Gilda mother was a far relative of Lester Splinter who lived in San Francisco, so she thought that it was a bad idea because she didn't know him so well. So Gilda ingorne what her mother told her and emailed Lester Splinter about her visit if she can come visit. Lester Splinter was a businesses man and he is very rich so he has many manger to work for her and Rosa was one one them. She received the letter and she was impressed by the way Gilda writes and she thought that she wasn’t a spoiled brat like Juliet, which is Lester's daughter. So she asked Lester if Gilda can come to visit and he said yes. So she arranged for Gilda to come and she was excited to come. So when she arrived at San Francisco she didn't get along with Juliet, but later on they got along and try to uncover the family secrets of Melanie which is Juliet dead aunt. In my opinion this is a very good mystery book and very exciting when you read the book. There are only a few hard vocabulary words that are in the text that i personally think is understandable for middle school students. As stated on page 115 "she lived in a very unfashionable Midwestern city and wore bizarre clothes." In this text the word bizarre might be a hard vocabulary word, but using context clues you can figure out that it means odd or unusual and that shouldn’t be a problem preventing you from understanding the text. I think that everything about this book is fine and i recommend you to read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was the book of my dreams! It is soooooo good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    I love this book

    This book is one of my favorites. I love the suspense.i couldnt put it down once i started reading it... in book five does glidas mom die im sooooo curiousO.O.....this book was also interesting because i read book two first. I found it at a used book store.....so yea

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    enjoyable light reading

    This book was lots of fun. Strewn with humorous dialogue, it has an interesting, playful plot about a young teen attempting to investigate psychic phenomena, usually connected with a crime or murder. She of course succeeds at tracking down the clues, and putting another feather in her cap as a detective of sorts. Kept my interest and had me laughing out loud at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Amazing!

    I love this book so much. It can be for any age to. Its like a adult murder investigation that gilda happens to solve, other than being (how do you spell that word?) She is a nosy little girl that can be very outgoing. And I love her imagination the size of maine ( if it was texas shed probably would have imaginary friends) I like all the friends she meets along the way also. I am currently trying to get my sister to read it. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT GET IT. Or get it at the library.

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