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Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator (Gilda Joyce #1)

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Ever since her father died, quirky 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 relatives in San Francisco, Gilda discovers that her dreary, tight-lipped uncle and his strange, delicate dau ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 23rd 2006 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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.
Sep 26, 2014 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Schools back! :(...

This was my first back to school read. I would have to say that I enjoyed it much though the main character, Gilda is a bit... odd but of course fun too.

Gilda Joyce works hard to live up to her career as "Psychic Investigator" and also, writer ; she spies on people, writes tons of weird stories and most recently, solves mysteries. Gilda and her family struggle to deal with the tragic death of their father.

Gilda has an interesting job indeed. As psychic investigator, Gilda
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!
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.
Aila N
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
Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison is the beginning of a series featuring a teenage psychic, who would need to use the dictionary to find the definition of the word “modesty”. Gilda’s fond memories of the book Harriet the Spy causes her to dress oddly and go forth to spy upon her neighbors. To avoid admitting that she has no exciting things planned for summer vacation, Gilda announces that she will travel to California to visit relatives. The relative in question does not know ...more
Shayla Parker
The first time I read this book was about 6 years ago. Crazy how time flies. The Gilda Joyce series is one of my favorites. It's one of my "originals", i.e a series that I grew up with where I read the books over and over between the end of elementary school and the beginning of high school.

So now that you know how totally biased I am, let me just say that I loved this book and I'm only giving it 4 stars because I like the later books more and will be giving them 5 stars once I reread them.

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
Richard Due
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.
As of not reading very many psychic books, I thought it was kinda fun but a little hesitant scary. (Yes, I'm a Christian, and my parents didn't agree to these books when I was younger).
I was very surprised at the language, there was a few choice of words that surprised they were in the book. Maybe kids hear them all the time at public school, but it would be hard for me to suggest this book to anther reader because of the few bad language, (exclamation, and name calling a girl)
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I read this a long time ago when I was still in junior high but I remember it was interesting enough for me to keep me going with a bit of romance, but I wasn't interested in romance back then. Since now I am all about crazy overprotective boyfriends I can't judge the book correctly. However if I remember correctly it was a good enough book comapred to the fantasy and adventurous books I had been reading during that time. You could say it was a different genre compared to the books I had been re ...more
I chose to read this book based on the fact that it was presented as a mystery, but as a mystery I was disappointed. Jennifer Allison did a good job creating interesting and unique characters, and a similarly interesting setting of an old Victorian mansion. She developed the set the mood well and developed the characters and story as it progressed and therefore this novel about two girls' evolving friendship is valuable in itself. The negative is that the mystery element just fell flat. I think ...more
Natalie C.
This book did not overly impress me. The ghost thing was overdone, and Gilda should be admitted into a mental hospital. If you’re going to write a book about ghosts it needs to be scary and realistic. But it was just really cheesy. It didn’t go deep enough into the emotional aspects of the characters and they were only one layer thick, aka the characters all fit a single personality. Those who enjoy more simple writings may like this but if your standards are higher, aim higher. I will not be co ...more
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
The audio performance was good enough to keep me going through this book although being read to highlighted some of the characterization choices that I found eye-brow raising. Gilda's choice for outrageous antics, including telling bold-face lies to achieve her goals, put me off until the the spooky seance in the book's third act. Here is when her determination to solve a family mystery bolsters her more passive and depressed cousin Julia into action. Arnold tackles the difficult emotion of grie ...more
This is a solid book. Gilda, the 13 year-old protagonist, is a very well-drawn thought-out character. It reminds me of what it was like to be 13 with hopes and dreams of being an adult and with always looking for a mystery to solve (I never found one). However, Gilda is a very gutsy outspoken kid often bordering on the rude side. The book is the first one of a series and I will certainly read the other book that I own. The book is less paranormal, although there are a few elements, and more a co ...more
Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Eng 420
Status Read in Feb

Gilda Joyce finds her self in windy San Fransisco for her summer vacation. Staying with a distant relative, in what Gilda believes to be a huanted house, Gilda works on coping with her dad's death, making friends with her distant cousin Juliet, and handling her best friend, Wendy, getting her first boyfriend. Juliet also is learning to understand and deal with her grief
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
Ah, the beloved Quirky, Notemaking Narrator In the tradition of Anastasia Krupnik and Harriet the Spy? Perhaps the cooled affection is because I encountered Gilda as an adult, though I am still pretty quirky and I still take lots of notes... Regardless, Gilda Joyce is a lovely character, and I can see why several students have regarded her with such great affection, but something is missing for me. A hallmark of such characters is a sweetly desperate earnestness; Gilda Joyce certainly has that, ...more
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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
Gilda Joyce has a few career goals: to write a novel and be a psychic investigator. To do this, she decides to visit some distance cousins in San Francisco. It turns out that they live in a haunted house and that her cousin’s aunt may have been murdered. Fortunately as a self-trained psychic investigator, Gilda is up to the challenge.

I had placed this book on my list because I’m always on the lookout for mystery series I can recommend. This series has at least 4 in it, and I know it’s fairly pop
Gilda is an unusual, quirky teenaged girl who fancies herself as a psychic investigator ever since the death of her father. Contemplating a long, boring summer in Michigan, she manages to finagle an invitation to visit a somewhat distant relative in San Francisco. When she arrives, Gilda discovers that he lives in a haunted Victorian mansion with his withdrawn and seemingly depressed teenaged daughter, Juliet. As Gilda gets to know both Juliet and the house better, she tries to use her psychic a ...more
I liked this book, but I must admit as a parent, I was a little put out by her personality. I like the mystery solving idea. I thought it was an interesting way of writing a story about a girl who thinks she is psychic and can sense things. I thought it was interesting to have her go to visit her cousin and find out that there was a mystery to be solved. The personality part that bothers me is the fact that she is bold and brash and doesn't seem to worry about if something is proper. She does so ...more
I strongly recommend this book for girls who are interested in mysteries between the ages 10 and up. This is because the author, Jennifer Allison, used descriptive language to create imagery in the reader’s head. She uses strong vocabulary and great synonyms such as presumptuous which means arrogant. Jennifer uses many different sentence structures so the reader gets a good variety. Her use of suspense catches the reader making the reader stay up till 3:00AM still flipping pages. She makes her c ...more
I thought this was a really cute and fun story. Gilda Joyce is 13 and is working on her very serious career of becoming a Psychic Investigator. Gilda is a spunky character - she invites herself to San Francisco for the summer to visit a long-lost cousin. She finds that this cousin has a daughter her age, Juliet. Together, they investigate the spooky mansion where Juliet and her father live. Will Gilda be able to solve her first mystery with the help of the spirits in the house?

The only thing I d
Laura Herbertson
his book is aimed for the young crowd, despite the fact I got it from the Young Adult section of the library. I would've put it in children's. But that's okay, I loved it anyway. Gilda is a very intelligent, quirky girl that stops at nothing to get her way or solve a mystery. She is fearless and lovable at the same time. She's determined to do something awesome for summer break and contacts her mother's long lost cousin in San Francisco. She convinces him to let her stay the summer.

Turns out, sh
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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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