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Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator

by Jennifer Allison

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Series: Gilda Joyce (1)

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During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.
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Good book for the beginning mystery/psychic story. Not sure if I will continue with the series, but would definitely let my child try it. ( )
  kwagnerroberts | Jun 24, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Advance copy. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Thirteen-year-old Gilda Jones randomly tells a lie to her class that she'll be spending the summer in San Francisco, so she has to finagle a way to get herself there. By luck, she manages to get herself invited to the home of a distant relative who lives in ... San Francisco. But there's a dark secret lurking in that great home, and rumors of ghosts haunting the place. Gilda, who thinks herself a psychic (as well as a novelist and several other things), is determined to find some answers.

Honestly, I don't even know where to begin with this book. There's very little redeeming about it; I'm surprise it received any positive reviews and that it spawned a series of books. Gilda is an annoying character who doesn't learn or grow at all as the book progresses. At times, she seems much younger than her 13 years, which gives the impression that this book is for younger kids. However, the subject matter seems more fitting for older kids, including passing remarks about pornography, teen mothers, etc. It also mocks those with physical disabilities, and the limited attempts at diverse characters end up being rather stereotypical (e.g., a Latina housekeeper who makes hot tamales).

At the crux of the book is a 'mystery' (not a particularly compelling or well-resolved one, with its anticlimactic conclusion) that involves mental illness and suicide. This book does NOT at all deal with these topics in deft manner. It is rather flippant about a lot of it and provides too easy solutions. For instance, here's some advice provided to a teenager struggling with anxiety and depression: "Whenever you feel really down, do what your cousin Gilda does and make a peanut butter, chocolate syrup, and banana sandwich." That's right, kids, EAT YOUR FEELINGS and you'll be alright.

The audiobook narrator did a decent job of providing a number of distinct accents and voices, but that wasn't enough to save this book. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | May 16, 2019 |
I enjoy books for younger readers. Sometimes I find I can indulge my inner child and just take it as it comes. However, whilst this book was okay, it wasn't enthralling. I wanted it to be. But it didn't quite make it for me. A younger reader will probably love it, but I don't think I'll be reading more in this series. I might, just to see how the next book goes, but not right now. ( )
  KarenLeeField | Mar 13, 2019 |
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Almasy, JessicaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cooper, JayCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swearingen, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For Michael, who always makes me laugh, and in memory of Paul and Louise Allison
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In the back row of Mrs. Weinstock's eighth-grade English classroom, Gilda Joyce chewed on a lock of her dark hair and pretended to listen as her classmates described their plans for the summer on the last day of the school year.
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Gilda wasn't exactly sure what she meant. On the one hand, she herself wanted to grow up more quickly and have exciting adventures, but she also wished desperately that she could freeze time in some way so that everyone around her stopped changing. It seemed that as time moved forward, people only drifted further and further apart.
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During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

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