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Gilda Joyce In Geheimer Mission (Gilda Joyce #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  5,033 Ratings  ·  415 Reviews
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.
Published 2006 by cbj (first published January 1st 2005)
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
I first read Gilda Joyce EIGHT YEARS AGO. I remember picking it out from the library because the girl on the cover looked like me! haha! I had no idea what 'psychic' meant, and it was probably my first encounter with the word 'suicide.' I remember being really creeped out by all the seances and ghost stories, but I have to say on re-reading as an adult I'm a little disappointed. The story moves really slowly, and considering everyone in the beginning says that the woman who jumped from the tower ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a cute book about a young girl who spends her summer trying to be a (wait for it...) psychic detective. It's a nice piece of YA, with a few particularly compelling parts. One is Gilda herself who is a fabulous character - up for anything, willing to be weird, more obsessed with her future career that with boys, etc. The other is the way that Allison handles Gilda's father's death. She doesn't shy away from the pain and loss Gilda feels, but it isn't one of those emotionally manipulative te ...more
This was a book in the memorial section of my library, I work in a K-5 building, so I picked it up for some middle reader fun, and fun it was. Glida reminds me of me in Junior High, I spent all my time writing scary stories and thought I'd end up solving mysteries when I grew up, instead I just ended up reading about mysteries as a Librarian, haha. Some of my parents might have issues with some of the language in this book (hell twice, bitchy) as I work with 5th graders as my highest grade....AR ...more
Je Taews
Apr 03, 2015 Je Taews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Gilda Joyce is a good easy, weekend read. Fast paced and entertaining, it may not be very though provoking but it's good all the same.
Andrea Dorothy
I loved the writing of this book, and I enjoyed the two main characters.
BUT the mystery was never solved. And Gilda is not psychic!

I thought a lot of the subject matter was inappropriate for children. "Porno websites," "Playboy," ouija boards and seances (which are expected with the book title), some questionable language (hell, bitchy) and a loving mother who smokes in the car with her 13 year old daughter.

Most importantly was the way the book dealt with suicide and mental illness.

The second
Aug 21, 2015 Aya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gilda mě uchvátila a vsadím se, že kdybych tuhle knížku četla před nějakými patnácti, osmnácti lety, byla by mou hrdinkou a vzorem (a taky bych se možná stala parapsychologickou vyšetřovatelkou).

Příběh beru takový, jaký je, tedy napsaný pro dívky školou povinné, a z tohoto pohledu jsem ochotná odpustit i drobné nepřesnosti, jako například v chování rodičů, které je spíše přizpůsobeno plynulosti příběhu než reálnému životu.

Gildě je třináct, ale je zatraceně chytrá (tyhle holky mám ráda, třeba Els
Oct 04, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone of all ages, especially those who want to feel suspense and creeped out!
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Quirky 14 year-old Gilda Joyce has been obsessed with the paranormal ever since her father passed away from cancer when she was twelve. In his will, he left her his cherished typewriter, and she believes that her father’s spirit will carry on whenever she uses her typewriter. Shortly after her father died, she found a book about being a psychic in a yard sale, and believing that she could reach her father somehow, decided to launch her own business as a psychic investigator.

Her first case comes
Aila N
Jan 28, 2015 Aila N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a small summary about the book, Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator. Gilda Joyce is determined to solve a mystery, ever since her father died in cancer. But the opportunity doesn't come right to her. But one day during school, she lied to everyone that she was going to San Francisco during summer. She eventually found out that her mother's long lost cousin lived in San Francisco with his daughter, and so she made a letter to Mr. Splinter inviting herself to San Francisco, but the letter was ...more
Don't be misled by the childish cover. I think that a disservice was done to this book by choosing that image to represent it.
This was a cute book. The characters were great. The mystery and suspense was thrilling and fun. The idea that she saw herself as a psychic investigator added a lot of humor to the mix. I love books about old houses, creepy deceased family members, and family secrets. This was definitely a fun, easy read!
Richard Due
Jan 18, 2014 Richard Due rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I can't remember reading anything else quite like it. When it comes time for the mystery to finally unwind, Allison cranks it into overdrive, revealing the bigger story (and how it relates to the characters)--like the blooming of a beautiful flower. I can't wait the read the next book in the series.
Gilda Joyce is a treat.

Now I understand why my daughter loves this series so much.
Mar 28, 2015 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read for a teen (13-15) girl looking for a female role, supernatural story lines, and very little romance. Not to mention it's a great way to get someone interested in journalism/blogging.
I read this in 5th grade maybe, and oh boy, this book scared the hell out of me!!!
May 16, 2017 leynes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awww. I really liked this as a kid. This was one of the first books which made me want to become a writer. Gilda has this super cool old typewriter and since then, I wanted one for myself... (spoiler: I never got one). ;))
Fuzzball Baggins
Kinda exciting, pretty dumb, lame (
Jun 14, 2017 Tammi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm undecided on this series.
Haley O'Loughlin
Mar 21, 2017 Haley O'Loughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fun story. I would recommend it for 7th grade and up, some of its themes are a little mature. However I love the main characters and the mystery is creepy and fun.
Dec 15, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a unique young girl named Gilda. She has lost her Father to cancer and her Mother is hardly ever around because of working so much to make ends meet. Her brother Stephen is pretty much useless to her now, even though they used to be great friends. Gilda has taken up some odd hobbies....aka professions in her mind. She is a spy, mostly on Mr. Plaid Pants at the gas station; she just knows he is up to something, always wearing the same clothes and all. She also fancies herself ...more
katie lou
Feb 25, 2017 katie lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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gilda is an eccentric young girl with nothing to do all summer, so she promptly invites herself to visit her uncle and cousin in california. there, she meets her cousin juliet, and together they investigate the mystery of the "haunted" tower in the back garden.

this is a really cute book. i absolutely loved the series when i was younger, maybe 10 years old, and it was nice revisiting gilda once again. it didn't quite have the same magic effect on me as it did back then but i still had a lot of fu
Mar 03, 2017 Karrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book for people of all ages; however, this book is best suited for middle school aged students. The eccentric main character adds to the well-developed plot line. Gilda Joyce seems to be a modern Nancy Drew!
Hylary Locsin
Oct 03, 2011 Hylary Locsin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gilda Joyce lives a life of glamour and intrigue in Detroit, Michigan. At least she imagines she does. As a self-described "psychic investigator," Gilda strives to use her natural abilities to solve mysteries of the paranormal, among her many other projects. When her eight-grade year ends, Gilda is worried her summer won't be as exciting as she'd hoped after her best friend goes away to camp. Dete
Dan Rogers
This mystery selection is quite different from any other mystery I've read previously. The protagonist in this story is a Gilda Joyce, a 13 year old girl who lives in Michigan with her Mother and her older brother. She is really into ghosts and psychic experiences including seances. The story is set in the summer between Gilda's 8th grade year and her first year of High School. On the last day of school she is caught daydreaming when asked what she is planning on doing for the summer. She quickl ...more
Lee Ann
Oct 05, 2016 Lee Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Gilda isn't the most likable character -- and for that I love her. It's rare to see female characters wear their flaws on their sleeves, but Gilda is a lying loud-mouth with no sense of sympathy for anyone, even people who deserve it... at least, at the beginning of the book. And she's very aware of this, but she's also pretty unapologetic about it. I'm not used to reading mysteries that have so much focus on character development; it was a nice c ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gilda Joyce is a fourteen year old psychic investigator, or at least she thinks that she is. Gilda lives with her mother, and older brother. Gilda 19s father 19s death from cancer is what made Gilda want to communicate with the dead. All her classmates are doing amazing things over the summer, so Gilda writes a letter to a long lost cousin, Mr. Splinter, inviting herself over to his mansion in San Francisco for the summer. Summer, who works for Mr. Splinter, writes back to the letter, allowing G ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
I borrowed this book with the idea that our oldest might like it, but she never really got into it. Her biggest complaint is that it wasn't very realistic, for a realistic fiction story.

I decided to borrow the audio CD and listen to it while driving around town. Jessica Almasy's narration is terrific and I love how she changes the voices. Summer's voice sounds a bit too much like a 1980's Valley Girl, but I don't live in San Francisco, so what do I know?

In any case, I thought the story was enga
Gilda Joyce is 13 years old and lives in Michigan with her mother and older brother. Gilda's father died a few years ago and ever since then she has been trying to learn to communicate with the spirit world.

Gilda is determined to become a psychic investigator and she remembers that her mother's cousin's sister died by jumping out of a window, Gilda decides that should be her first case.

Before Gilda knows it she is on her way to San Francisco for the summer and hopefully to solve her very first
Mar 23, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many reviews focus on the overall plot--unique girl thinks she has psychic powers and wants to solve mysteries. She's quirky and a little bit annoying and fun. That part of the story gets three stars.

However, this is one of the best books I've read for teens/tweens that deal with heavy subjects--suicide and mental illness--the way kids deal. So often, parents and family members try to protect kids from the reality of mental illness by keeping secrets or blocking information. Unfortunately, this
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is cute story about two girls. Gilda is 13. Her father is dead. She's a very intelligent and very imaginative girl who loves to write, and is very interested in psychic things.

The other girl is also thirteen. She's Juliet, and lives in San Francisco in a Victorian-type mansion with a mysterious tower.

Through some imaginative stretching of the truth, Gilda manages to get an invitation to live with a while for Juliet for a while. Juliet has very dark moods. Her housekeeper sees ghosts about
Dec 14, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, juvenile, 2014
While I enjoyed this story for the most part (a 13 year old goes to visit relatives who live in an old rambling Victorian house in San Francisco hears mysterious sounds and detects ghostly images), the main character, Gilda, eventually got on my nerves. The parts that were good were the descriptions of the old house, the disguises she uses, the personalities of the other characters. What was not good was the personal nature of the case and how Gilda went about solving it.

She is a very precocious
Jan 25, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book.. It is rated YA, and it should be! It's not exactly the best pick for a 10 year old and a 6 year old boy (although they enjoyed it!)

Gilda is a humerous girl who has some issues...but she's pretty confident in herself AND her abilites:) Like any teen-age girl she sometimes has questions she can't answer, although she tries...and when she can't she tries harder. She was quirky, cute..and occasionally had some language problems (there were curse words in the book:)

The real acti
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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 ( The first book in her new series, IGGY LOOMIS: SUPERKID IN TRAINING (, 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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