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

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Zany Gilda Joyce brings all of 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?
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Dutton Children's Books (first published 2006)
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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
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was organizing my library (ah, heaven) and came across Gilda. I read the first two books in this series a long long time ago and then forgot about it. I only have the second book but I still remembered the first book well enough so I decided to read it and see if I still liked Gilda as much as I used to.

Gilda is a "psychic investigator." She always wants to believe in psychic occurrences but really she just stumbles across crazy mysteries and uses her dogged perseverance and excellent observa
Milli W.B.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You better watch out this book will make your soul come out and scream!!!!!
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Watch out Nancy Drew, here comes spunky and hip Gilda Joyce. I absolutely loved this mystery for older children. I thought it was a good mix of realistic fiction, mystery and it was not as predictable as other mystery books for children. Gilda attends a private school Old Lady of Sorrows and finds herself amongst cliques, secrets, and a school haunting. She finds herself drawn to clues that unwrap what happened to a mystery girl who died falling through ice on a frozen lake. As the story unravel ...more
Julia Szydlik
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was very interesting, due to the fact that it was about a "homicide" as said in the book. Gilda Joyce needs to investigate a crime because someone died by falling into a lake that had a thin ice sheet. Gilda has a struggle, because with her whole case coming along, she still needs to focus on her schoolwork that will determine whether or not she will get a scholarship for college. Overall, it was a mystery that I really enjoyed.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
How does she do it? Such a good read. I love the main character Gilda Joyce. All of Jen Allison’s characters feel so real.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I love middle-grade mysteries.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love a GREAT mystery!
Recommended to Julie by: Dee
Shelves: reviewed
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
Oct 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-420
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Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this Gilda Joyce installment when I was around 12. As I read it, I felt as if as soon as I finished it, I would go back to the first page. I read the second book before the first, something to this day I'm happy I did, all because they were out of copies of the first book at Barnes and Noble. My mom bought it saying this could be something we could read together. Then she started reading it on her own and couldn't get into it.

Reading this Gilda Joyce made me feel like I finally understoo
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-kid-in-me
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
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
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
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
Sandra Stiles
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gilda ani ve druhém díle nezklamala, i když první byl prostě první a pro mě lepší (berte tedy mé hodnocení jako 4.5*).

Tentokrát se čtrnáctiletá parapsychologická pátračka vydává do soukromé dívčí školy (nikoli však internátní), která je plná zbohatlických dcerušek a jejich rozmarů. Gilda tam dostane stipendium díky mámině příteli, kterého ale Gilda nesnáší. Tu výzvu přijme jen a pouze proto, že ve škole straší duch utonulé dívky.

Gilda rozjíždí vyšetřování a jak je jejím dobrým zvykem, strká nos
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
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“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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