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BooklistGilda 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.