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Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake: The Ladies of the Lake (Gilda Joyce #2)

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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 sh ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Puffin Books (first published 2006)
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Gizelle
The book is about a girl named Gilda Joyce who is very intelligent and is trying to solve a mystery about a girl who has gone missing and who made her disappear this story is a mystery which in this case a few of the girls at her new school while she is investigating this disappearance she is also a writer at her house writing down her stories.

I like this book because I like how you can't stop reading it and the mystery just gets more confusing which makes it better because you want to know who
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Milli W.B.
I actually really enjoyed "Gilda Joyce: The ladies of the Lake". I found it a eerie, suspenseful, mysterious and fast-paced read. It sent chills up my spine at some parts, it made me laugh out loud at others and always kept me fascinated.The narrator is funny, quirky, intriguing and the type of person you would love to be friends with. Gilda Joyce, self-proclaimed psychic is not thrilled when she is accepted on scholarship to "Our Lady of Sorrows" a Catholic, All-Girls School in an ancient, must ...more
Pixiegurl10
Gilda joyce is now at an advanced school for young girls because she was given a scholarship to attend. As soon as she gets there she meets a group of girls who turn out to be members in a secret club:The Ladies of the lake. A couple years back, something horrible happened to a young girl attending the school, and these girls are certain that she haunts the river next to the school. Gilda must find out why these girls look so guilty and solve this young girl's untimely death. This is the 2nd boo ...more
Lisa
Superior second installment in the Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator series. This tale - heard through audiobook - surprised me as the story clicked faster, the main character was called on her not-so-likable traits, and the spooky factor was off the charts from the first through the last chapters. As in her first GJ book, author Jennifer Allison does not shy away from mental illness, grief, societal stress & peer pressure regardless of her characters' young ages. She puts her heroine right ...more
Alison
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Kashfia
You better watch out this book will make your soul come out and scream!!!!!
Susan
Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator, makes a return appearance in this comic mystery set at a swanky Catholic girls' school where she is a new student on scholarship. Our Lady of Sorrows seems haunted by the ghost of a student who drowned three years earlier. Gilda's encounters with the headmistress, a handsome teacher, and a small group of popular senior girls lead her to a situation in which she might solve the mystery at the expense of her own safety. Meanwhile, she's not crazy about her widowe ...more
Mailis Viiand
I will label this as humorous book, but at times it was quite sad and heartbreakingly relevant, because bullying as a problem is under extra scrutiny by society right now. And rightly so. Its time to get over the animalistic instincts some bastards carry and nurture, and i think those who like to single out weaker and more vulnerable and make themselves get off on their misery, deserve all the bad karma and punishment they can get. I have always thought that kids and animals are sacred, hurt the ...more
Julie
Mar 28, 2014 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love a GREAT mystery!
Recommended to Julie by: Dee
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After my friend Danielle had been bothering me for weeks to stop reading "the cult book" or otherwise known as The Host, I finally agreed and allowed her to pick out a book for me to read. She said that I would love this book and that it was a ghost mystery. At first, I was a little wary about reading it because I don't generally read mysterys and I especially don't read books about ghosts or other supernatural beings along the same lines. But, Danielle was right, I ended up LOVING the book. It ...more
Elisheva
The lesson I learned from this story is ........ Keep your voice down around the dead. Just kidding! I think that it is very important not to lie. We see this message many times throughout the whole book. I also realized that it is very interesting how even in ghost stories which are completely make believe, you can almays find the message of the story and apply it to your daily life. In the plot of this story,there are three girls who make up a club. They made a terrible mistake three years be ...more
Kristina
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Dallas Otigba
Gilda goes undercover. A young practice investigator who has a strange feel about the new school she is suppose to go to. When she found out that someone drowned in a lake she knew she had to find out the rest. This is a story about three girl who try to hide a mystery from Gilda but she doesn't give up so easily. When Gilda finds out that the three girl accidentally murdered Dolores she goes straight to the headmistress and then the police, but it all ends up as a happy story. This book was one ...more
03SydneG
Everyone loves a good mystery! Well atleast I do. Gilda Joyce is a typical fourteen year old. Her mom just got a new boyfriend that is making Gilda and her mom and sister move. So now Gilda is forced to go to a private school called Our Ladies of Sorrows. Turns out that a girl named Dolores Lambert drowned there. Gilda wants to find out if the girl really drowned or if someone wanted her to drown.
Gilda is always wanting to find a new mystery. I love that about her. The first day she arrives a
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 Marla
Tried to listen to the 2nd book in the series and I still am not impressed. Might get a giggle out of a juvenile reader, but anyone more sophisticated will probably not enjoy this series. I like my heroines to be sassy, but the black humor doesn't amuse me. The humor, mystery and paranormal parts all fail to deliver.

I wish the author had researched the Catholic girls school background just a little. The prayers weren't right and there were none of the inside jokes that could've amused Catholic s
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Carly
Oct 12, 2007 Carly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of humor
I thought this book was going to suck, like most sequels and middle books of trilogies do. Instead, it only sucked a little. It could've really used a good edit, which makes me wish I was five or six years older so I could have been working at Dutton when Jennifer Allison sent in her original draft, because I feel like I could have done a better job with it even now, in my lowly editorial-interny ways, than the actual editor did.

Wow, that was a run-on sentence. Maybe I couldn't have done a bette
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Jackie
Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator is a scrappy, irreverent, and sassy 13-year-old who isn't afraid to use her brains and self-proclaimed talent as a psychic to solve mysteries that just seem to fall into her lap. Gilda still misses her dad who recently died and she connects with him by writing letters to him frequently. But, Gilda is most annoyed with her mom who has taken up with a new boyfriend, Brad Squib. Brad does Gilda and her mom a 'favor' by getting Gilda into an elite and exclusive all ...more
Sandra Stiles
Gilda Joyce, a self-proclaimed psychic investigator has been given the opportunity of a life time. She has been offered a scholarship to a private school, "Our Ladys of Sorrow School for Girls. How did she get this lucky opportunity? It was her mother's boyfriend's doing. Gilda really did not want to go until she saw the place. Anything that looked like a haunted castle had to be haunted, right? The mystery surrounded the death of Dolores who fell through the ice into the lake and drowned. Now G ...more
Tila Kalypso
I this book, I do have a favourite part (flipping though book trying 2 find the right page) the page is 337 it near the end of the book I don't really know y it's my fav part anyway, I own the book here's my fav part:

"Keith disappeared behind one of the crumbling walls and be-gan to rake dried leaves from the interior of the ruins. As he worked, he reflected that it was odd to see three freshmen girls sitting on the bridge after school on a half day. There was some-thing strange about the one w
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Linda
Gilda's mom has a new boyfriend, whom she does not like, but he does get her into an exclusive girls' school. Gilda, a Freshman, decides to attend because the school is in an old mansion and she senses a ghost, a mystery, or both. She isn't wrong: she soon discovers that 3 years earlier a freshman girl fell through the ice on the school lake and drowned and that she seems to be haunting the place, especially now in what would have been her Senior year.

This series is more than stories about ghos
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Gina Huber
I finished listening to this audiobook before realizing it was the second in a series; my OCD makes me prefer to listen to or read things in order. I enjoyed this story a lot. I found the characters very believable and the somewhat suspenseful storyline kept me thinking about it when I was away from it. Gilda has been given a scholarship to attend a Catholic high school, based partly on her creative writing talent and partly due to her mother's boyfriend pulling some strings. Things are not as t ...more
Sherrie
This the second book I have read in the Gilda Joyce series and I'm hooked. I enjoyed the first book, but I loved, loved, loved The Ladies of the Lake. Gilda is an absolute HOOT! She has no "internal editor" and just says whatever pops in her head which often has disastrous yet humorous results.

In this latest book in the series, Gilda has been accepted into the exclusive private school, Our Lady of the Lake. She wasn't all the excited about attending the school until she found out that a student
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Jennifer
This second installment of Gilda's adventures was pretty good, though her psychic abilities didn't come into play nearly as much as in the first one. She relied more on her smarts and sense, which worked out well overall.
Despite the lack of actual psychic events, I must give props to Allison for putting Gilda in a somewhat difficult situation where she must do what is right or what is easy. After presenting her evidence to the authority who could actually set things right, we see the authority f
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Jackie
Gilda gets a scholarship to Our Lady of the Lake School with some help from her mother’s boyfriend. She’s not that interested in going to the school until she learns that the school is haunted. Gilda devotes most of her time to trying to discover how and why Dolores Lambert died.
Sheila Beaumont
I loved this one! The second in the Gilda Joyce series, it's even better than the first. The heroine, a 13-year-old psychic investigator, may bear some resemblance to Harriet the Spy, but she is truly unique, and I've never run across another quite like her. This complex, spooky, suspenseful mystery, set in a rather odd, exclusive Catholic girls' school that's apparently haunted by a freshman who drowned in the school's lake three years earlier, is totally riveting. And it's hilarious, especiall ...more
Anjali
May 17, 2012 Anjali rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens, early teens, juvenile fiction
Recommended to Anjali by: Found it at a school book fair
Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake was the first book in the series I read, although I'm aware it is the second book.
Let me say, it drew me in. I loved Gilda and her personality: funny, quirky, humorous. I lovd her sense of humour and her smart-mouth...it made me laugh.
I also like stories that are related to and set in schools. Being an aspiring writer it inspired me in my writing. No other book in the series was a good as this one.

I liked the way the author painted each character. The way they
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Cassar Pinkpug34
Do you like mysterys with ghost girls,psychics and secret clubs well this book has it all this book was so great it had amazing writing style.
I liked this book because it was intense and had good writing mixing to make a book that made you sit on the edge of your seat.
I also loved how it was easy and hard to read at the same time.This book would be most enjoyed by people who are over ten.
I couldnt put this book down when i was reading it because I loved the authors writing style so much.
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706selena

The book definitely met my expectations!!! I loved the whole cache of new characters—they offered and delivered different moods and levels to an already spectacular story! I especially liked the ladies of the lake—with their facades of perfection and authority, their haunting pasts are especially interesting.

I thought the author did an especially good job with maintaining who Gilda is throughout the story while still leaving room for change. She loses her prejudice about the upper class while st
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Bridget
Not bad. I don't know how I would have ended it, but I was a tad disappointed. Not enough to ruin the whole book, though. I still plan to look for the first one in the series.
Penelope Finn
Ok, so this book inspired me to buy a type writer! I love everything about it!

In this book: Gilda Joyce goes to an all-girls, Catholic school. She deals with crazy teacher's, annoying and snooty girl's, and GHOST! She finds out that there is more than meets the eye to this "perfect" school. Immediantly, Gilda uses her not-fully-developed pyschic skills to find out why the ghost of Dolores Lambert haunts the halls of Our Lady Of Sorrows. This book is lightly writen with humor and has a great flow
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Maeve
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Jennifer Allison is the author of the Edgar-nominated GILDA JOYCE: PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR mystery series for readers age nine and up (www.gildajoyce.com). The first book in her new series, IGGY LOOMIS: SUPERKID IN TRAINING (www.iggyloomis.com), focuses on the sometimes stormy relationship between two brothers -- Daniel and his younger brother Iggy, who mysteriously develops strange superpowers. IGGY ...more
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Gilda Joyce (5 books)
  • Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator (Gilda Joyce, #1)
  • Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata  (Gilda Joyce, #3)
  • Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop (Gilda Joyce, #4)
  • Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy  (Gilda Joyce, #5)
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“When I first entered the school, I was all set to tie my hair in a ponytail, get a fake tan, and write my homework in pink gel ink. I was prepared to hear girls bragging nonchalantly about the BMWs and diamond earrings they recieved for their birthday. I almost looked forward to hearing the flashlight-wielding nuns tell me to "leave room for the holy ghost" when I danced lewedly with messy-haired prep-school boys” 10 likes
“Mom has no idea that I want to go to Our Lady of Sorrows just to investigate a haunting.
I have a gut feeling I'm going to be an outsider at this school, but that's the price I pay for being a psychic investigator. Like my Master Psychic's Handbook says, "Being a psychic isn't a normal career, like being a doctor or a lawyer. At some point, there may be a price to pay for such an unusual, misunderstood lifestyle.”
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