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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, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Dutton Juvenile (first published June 1st 2011)
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AMAZING BOOK!!!! I LOVE The Gilda JOyce books SO MUCH!!! Ilove Gilda's character and the plot!! PLease also give these books a try!!!
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
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
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
Maya A
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
"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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
this book is mysterious and exciting its also verrrrrrrrrrrry adventourous
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
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
Gilda is facing big changes in her fifth outing, as she discovers that her mother has gotten engaged very suddenly to a man from St. Augustine whom the rest of the family has never met, & they're on their way to Florida right away for a morning-after-Halloween wedding. Gilda, of course, relying on her psychic know-how, senses that all is very far from right, & she's got to get to the bottom of things before the vows are said. A good ghost story/mystery with a fantastic setting. Fans of G ...more
this book is okkkkkk
Scott Wright
This was a great one in the series! There are real ghosts and hauntings in this one that many see. It was a cute story of Gilda's mom getting married down in Florida and she of course gets into trouble.
Really cute story about Gilda, a young "psychic investigator" who heads down to St. Augustine, FL for her mother's wedding. While there, she discovers quite a bit of ghostly activity in town and specifically at the home of her mother's fiance. There are "ghosts in the closet" at this historic home and Gilda knows she'll need all her "psychic" skills to solve the mystery before it's too late.

Fast paced and fun to read. Recommended.
Jenn Estepp
I don't know - maybe this is one of those series wherein I like every other book? The best bits of this one were a) the St. Augustine setting (I renew my desire to visit) and how it influences the story (I think, actually, Allison does this consistently well, looking back on my comments re: the last one) and b) the spooky factor is upped a bit. Alas, lots of mediocre bits fleshing it out. I just wasn't very engaged.
Is it just me, or are the Gilda Joyce books getting a little...redundant?
I mean, a potental killer stepfather? and what about Wendy? She's supposed to be Gilda's BFF, but how much do we actually know about her? I mean, Wendy and Gilda did go to England together, but we have never really learned what makes sucha major character in a 5 book series, 'tick'
just saying.
Well, a tad predictable this time, but readable and enjoyable nonetheless. I found it a bit unbelieveable that Gilda's mom got talked into a marriage so easily. And that he was such a classic jerk.
Oh well, still looking forward to the next one! Maybe Gilda will go to a real pilgrimage site, like Lourdes or Santiago?
Although I have found Gilda to be highly annoying in several of her books, I didn't mind her at all in this one. I was putting this one off because I wasn't sure how I currently felt about Gilda, but the story was really rather enjoyable.
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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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