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Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy (Gilda Joyce #5)

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When Gilda Joyce's mother announces her engagement to a man from St. Augustine, Florida, Gilda is appalled. She hasn't even given him the "Joyce Family Application" yet! But as the wedding preparations get under way, Gilda realizes she has much bigger concerns. Why does her soon-to-be stepdad keep calling Mrs. Joyce by his ex-wife's name? And why is Mrs. Joyce acting like ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2011)
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Jun 19, 2011 Addy rated it it was amazing
AMAZING BOOK!!!! I LOVE The Gilda JOyce books SO MUCH!!! Ilove Gilda's character and the plot!! PLease also give these books a try!!!
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Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you haven’t read any of Gilda’s other adventures, you should know that she is an experienced psychic investigator and she loves to spy and solve msyteries. Sometimes, she solves mysteries by paying attention to dead people!

This time the mystery is really close to home. When Gilda’s Mom returns from a trip to Florida acting really strange Gilda has no choice but to snoop…er, go clue hunting, in her Mom’s bedroom. What Gilda finds is NOT what she could EVER have imagined. Gilda’s Mom is getting
Nov 05, 2011 Mara rated it liked it
I have said before that I find these books creepy, but I can't seem to stop reading them. Gilda is such a wonderfully unique and hilarious character that I can't help but eagerly look forward to her next paranormal mystery. And this one is probably the best by far (though it is hard to beat The Ghost Sonata).

Though I prefer the approach the Author took in the first two, where she left the question of "Was it really a ghost?" hanging, offering a logical explanation along with a paranormal one, I
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Dec 29, 2011 Maya A rated it it was amazing
asdfghjkl;qwertyuiopzxcvbnm, I LOVE THESE BOOKS!

First off, Gilda. She is amazing. A struggling psychic, a born writer, with a daring fashion sense and razor-sharp crime-fighting skills; the supernatural way!

It's beautiful how you can really see her flamboyant personality in letters to her late dad, spy reports, and, most of all, travelogues to her history teacher.

Jennifer Allison adds just the right amount of chilling paranormalcy to The Bones of the Holy, along with wacky humor (ex: a part-ti
Jun 10, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
"Mom, this is the spookiest GILDA JOYCE yet," my son informed me midway through reading GILDA JOYCE AND THE BONES OF THE HOLY, Jennifer Allison's newest mystery in the psychic investigator series. This is a page turner for `tween readers; my son read the book in just two evenings. As I enjoy the GILDA JOYCE series and also like to share in what my kids are reading, I sat down with BONES after my son had finished. It's as full of action and fun as the other GILDA books, and yes, I'd agree it's th ...more
I don't know why I enjoy the Gilda Joyce books so much; I think I like Gilda's eager and studious personality - she reminds me a little of me. I like how the author successfully blends mystery and psychic phenomenon without making it feel like a cozy novel for kids. I will say that as I worked out the solution to the case in the The Bones of the Holy I was surprised at how... heavy... this story was and I wasn't quite sure how the author was going to wrap up her story without getting too intense ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-kid-in-me
Fantastic & frightening finale to the series (currently)! Once more author Allison walks the fine line between fun adventure and hair-raising ghostly encounters, setting this outing in the super-haunted St. Augustine, FL. She deftly challenges her teenage heroine with big life changes amid lantern tours, archeological digs, and family secrets. Gilda (thankfully) still hasn't learned not to snoop for the truth and there's many laugh then scream aloud moments. Give the audiobook series a try - ...more
Judy Atlagh
Aug 17, 2015 Judy Atlagh rated it it was amazing
Love this series....THis was the first book in the Gilda Joyce series that my 7 year old daughter and I listened to. We were hooked. I love, love, love the historic parts of the book about the native Americans and about St Augustine, FL. I love the whole haunting of the city thing and the ghost tours. The step-dad-to-be and his ex-fiances's parents who love eating turtle were a bit flacky, but necessary to the story. I love how THAT all comes together in the end. Really a delightful read. Very f ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Caitlin rated it really liked it
(My) recommended audience: 7th grade and up

Gilda Joyce: Forget ghost hunter, now wedding planner extraordinaire?

I stumbled upon Gilda back in March when I was perusing the children’s section in my hometown library, and read through her series (four books so far) in the matter of a week. There was something about her spunk and quirkiness that made me like her from the beginning. Add in the fact that she saw ghosts and solved mysteries.

Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to The Bones of t
Jul 08, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Having missed reading books #2, 3, and 4, this series has come a long way since book #1! I liked it so much that I could almost give it 5 stars. It's more simple story than the books that I usually give a 5 to made me give it 4 stars, but I'm promptly ordering the missing books from amazon. The story is partially advanced by Gilda typing letters on her dad's old typewriter to her deceased father, her teacher back at home, her friend Wendy Choy, and memos to herself. This is actually very effecti ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: girl-detective
I love Gilda Joyce. She just seems so real. She is funny and sweet, and not afraid to be herself. I admire that in a person; it takes true courage to show others who really are. But Gilda also has fears and insecurities like any other teenage girl. For instance, in the 5th installment of the series, Gilda discovers that her mom is finally getting married. She is horrified that her mother would make such a decision without having either of her kids - Gilda or Steven - meet the guy first. Of cours ...more
Sandra Stiles
Dec 12, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Allison has done a great job in this last book in the Gilda Joyce series. First she set it in one of my favorite places in Florida, St. Augustine. This was the perfect setting to put Gilda in. Gilda’s mom is acting strange and Gilda knows it involves a man. She is not impressed with anything except the fact that the man owns a shop with vintage clothing. This is Gilda’s all time favorite thing. Gilda and her mom fly to Florida for the upcoming wedding. She is to be joined by her brother ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Tess rated it it was amazing
Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy by Jennifer Allison is a sad end to a fantastic mystery series. In this book Mrs. Joyce is acting strange when coming back from a vacation to Florida. Gilda discovers a diamond ring in her mothers suit case along with a mysterious phone number. She lets her curiosity take over when she calls
her soon to be step dad Eugene Pook. Finally Gilda and her mother arrive in Florida and hears that the town is full of ghosts.on her first night her new neighbors treat her
Jul 12, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the Gilda Joyce series since my middle school days, when I read the first novel (Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator). I absolutely love the character of Gilda--she's a quirky, well-written, believable character that I would love to have as a friend in real life (the mark of a fantastic character, in my mind). The fact that the series is now on its fifth book and I still enjoy a series that I began in middle school now, as an 18-year-old, is a testimony to Jennifer Allison's t ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Vicky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, ya
This is a quirky, funny mystery that is sure to please anyone, though it is aimed at the 10 year old and up group. It is the fifth book in the Gilda Joyce series and I know one thing for certain – I am going to find the other books in the series and read them as well!

In this book, Gilda’s mother gets engaged to a man from St. Augustine, Florida. She is devastated – she hasn’t even had a chance to give him the Joyce Family Application or even the chance to meet him in person? And something is def
Jul 06, 2011 Sarai rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, as the others in the series. I thought this one had a little more creepy factor, but that might have been because I am susceptible to spooky and was reading in bed. The only thing that was implausible to me was the whole idea of Gilda's mother getting married so quickly to someone she hardly knew.

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When Gilda Joyce's mother announces her engagement to a man from St. Augustine, Florida, Gilda is appalled. She hasn't even given him the "Joyce Family Applicati
Apr 14, 2015 Aspm rated it it was amazing
So awesome! I like that there is another psychic that you know for most of the story. Some of the small plots are unnecessary, but it works out well in the end. I hope the author comes out with number 6 soon!!! :) I also hope there is a book 6 (Jennifer Allison, if you're reading this, DO NOT EVEN THINK about disappointing your many fans. #6 must happen.)
Jul 18, 2011 Phoebe rated it liked it
You just can't keep Gilda down. This latest adventure takes place in the deep south, in St. Augustine, Florida, where Gilda and her family head after her mother gets engaged to Eugene Pook, a southern gentleman with a big waxed mustache and a past Gilda senses must be shady. As the wedding day approaches, Gilda wonders why there is a lady ghost who seems to be trying to communicate with her, and what Eugene's secret could possibly be. Why did his fiancee, Charlotte, leave so suddenly for Europe ...more
May 10, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Although the story stumbled in a few places, this was a very good book. Gilda is quite delightful. And it does help that it takes place in St. Augustine, which is one of my favorite places in the US, along with Savannah and Charleston.

Jan 24, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Another fun and interesting Gilda adventure. I liked learning about St. Augustine, FLA. I didn't know that it was the oldest city in the US. I really want to take a ghost tour now!
I absolutely love this character and Allison's writing style, but I saw where this plot was going only one-third of the way through the book. Hardly an original idea but a fun read, nonetheless.
May 20, 2015 Promisemays rated it it was amazing
Gildas mom got ingaged to a man so they move in with him, a few days before her mom says "i do" Gilda has to find out why she keeps seeing a gost bride wondering around.
Feb 07, 2012 706selena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade
I was very surprised, which I really enjoyed, which in a 5-book series is pretty hard to achieve. I really liked how you could see Saint Augustine, which is so different from some of her other books. I also really liked how you got to experience things from her mothers perspective, which gave the reader more insight into Gilda's family and home.

The action in this story was very elevated, which made everything very suspenseful. I liked how this book was much scarier and spookier than the ones bef
Jan 17, 2016 Luisa rated it liked it
Fun little read. Less ghostly than the other books, but with a creepier villain. Gilda is hilarious as usual.
Feb 02, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Gilda's mom is about to get married to a man that she just met and move the whole family to Florida. But Gilda finds out the Eugene Pook is hiding something. Like always, there are chills in the air from passing ghosts, crazy outfits, and lots of typing on her trusty typewriter. This book was a little slower to start than the previous adventures, but the end is quite suspenseful. Gilda reads as a much a younger character, which makes this a children's, rather than young adult, book. Fans of the ...more
Rebecca Grabill
Dec 21, 2014 Rebecca Grabill rated it liked it
I know three stars seems harsh, but the whole story seemed rushed and thin. I haven't read others in the series so I don't know if this is the norm. I hope not.
I have read all the books in the Gilda Joyce series and each one is better than the last. In this latest volume Mrs. Joyce has gotten engaged to Eugene Pook who seems to be bit of an oddball. When the family travels to Eugene's Florida home for the wedding the suspense factor kicks in to overdrive. Gilda keeps seeing an apparition wearing a stained wedding gown. Who is this woman and what is her story. Gilda seeks to solve the mystery of the woman in white using her wit, psychic ability and of c ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing
this book is mysterious and exciting its also verrrrrrrrrrrry adventourous
Jun 23, 2011 Holli rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! The best in the series! I don't think it could have been written better. I will be rereading this one several times.

This book had all the right elements, humour, fast paced flawless writing (great editing!) Loved the plot, loved the characters, in fact I think Florida would be a great area for GJ to stay.

I hope JA keeps writing these books in the future. I'm not sure how that is going to work if GJ keeps aging along with the stories. Tho GJ's voice has matured a bit she still maintains
Alice Liu
Sep 30, 2012 Alice Liu rated it it was amazing
In The Bones of the Holy, Jennifer Allison shows that she is not afraid to bring up difficult "adult" topics with children. Rather than deal in spoilers, suffice it to say that in The Bones of the Holy, the reader sees that discrimination comes in many forms (not just race), and love is sometimes treated as a commodity rather than as an emotion. Allison does not talk down to children. She understands that they see these adult issues in real life and that while answers are not always easy or fair ...more
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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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