Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake

Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake

by Jennifer Allison

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Overview

Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all 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? Solving this mystery will put Gilda in more danger than she ever imagined? and will put all of her brashness, bravery, and smarts to the test.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142409077
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/16/2007
Series: Gilda Joyce Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 600,399
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

I grew up in a small town in Michigan where there wasn’t much for kids to do for fun except ride a bike down a dirt road to the local Dairy Queen, or better yet, to the public library. My two younger brothers and I didn’t have easy access to a swimming pool, movie theater or cable television, but we did have open fields, woods, marshland, old barns, and half-built houses to explore – places that really sparked our imaginations. One of my best friends lived on a sheep farm, and we used to conduct séances in the spooky atmosphere of the barn hayloft near her house (the memory of some of those activities may have influenced Gilda’s fascination with parapsychology and the occult in Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator). I spent long, humid summers reading every book our wonderful local librarian recommended: she had a talent for handing any young person a perfectly selected story.

Throughout junior high and high school, I spent a great deal of time playing the piano (I was one of those odd kids who actually liked piano lessons), and after competing in numerous music competitions, I attended the University of Michigan on a music scholarship. Literature won out over music, however, and I switched my major to English after my freshman year.

After completing a B.A. in English, I edited reference books for an educational publishing company in Detroit for several years, after which I returned to school to complete an M.F.A. in creative writing at American University (Washington, D.C.). After graduate school, I moved to England to work as a healthcare news journalist; I lived in Oxford for about two years, then moved to London to write for an online educational publication. The opportunity to travel and live in a variety of settings certainly furthered my development as a writer. I’ve also held numerous “odd jobs” -- piano player in a shopping mall, assembly line worker for General Motors, waitress, preschool teacher -- that have helped generate numerous ideas for characters and situations to explore in fiction.

The idea for the story of Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator first emerged while I was living in San Francisco and had recently been laid off from a “dot com” editorial position. With quite a bit of extra time on my hands, I found myself wandering into a store that sold antique typewriters, and walked out with the idea of an eccentric girl who’s fiercely attached to a “magic” typewriter (or a typewriter that she wishes were magic). I knew right away that this typewriter would represent the loss of someone very close – most likely a parent. As the story evolved and I got to know Gilda’s buoyant, life-affirming character, I realized that I wanted to write a story like the ones that had most moved me in my youth – a book that made me laugh while also addressing the reality of grief and loss as a part of life. I was also interested in a theory that people who lose a parent at a young age are sometimes more “driven” and willing to take risks than those who have the security of two parents (while others may respond in a nihilistic sense, by assuming that there’s no point in making a big effort in life since they, too, may die young). In a sense, Gilda and Juliet initially evolved as representations of these two very opposite responses to coping with death.

In the second book in the series, Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake, I drew upon my experience teaching English literature and creative writing at a Catholic girls’ school. In this novel, Gilda reluctantly agrees to attend an elite private school on scholarship. It isn’t long before she finds herself in the role of investigative reporter for the school newspaper, immersed in a mystery surrounding the drowning death of a student.

While there’s certainly much of myself in Gilda’s character, the Gilda Joyce novels are completely fictional stories. I often conduct research as part of my writing process—reading books about psychic techniques, interviewing people, visiting neighborhoods or buildings that serve as models for setting. Aspects of my own life inevitably find their way into the novels—childhood memories, places I’ve lived, knowledge from work experiences, character quirks loosely based on friends, relatives, and acquaintances.

 

In addition to developing my own craft, I enjoy visiting schools and conducting workshops designed to inspire reading and creative writing in young people. I live in Maryland, near Washington, DC with my husband Michael and three children—Max and the twins, Marcus and Genevieve.

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Gilda Joyce deserves a place right next to her inspiration, Harriet the Spy. (School Library Journal, starred review on Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator)

Gilda is a verbal, funny, engaging character. . . . This is an intriguing story filled with surprise and suspense. . . . (School Library Journal)

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Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book ever read it everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series it is a really good book you should read it i love how it ended up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books (no joke), its suspensful and smart. Its a very interesting book. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um what book is this in the series???#1 or #2 or what number???????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. Judging by the amount of pages it is, it is worth the cost that you might be skeptical about. It is an entertaining and delightfully spooky tale of quirky, lovable Gilda Joyce. It is humorous and also very modern. Any girl can relate to Gilda. A Book Bucket-List MUST!!!! ********if you love this book, read the rest of the series (unfortunately I think that the series is done, though)***********
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have to say this an really good book! I will contiune with the series, I would have to say this book has very little bad words. But,it's very outgoing book that i fell deeply interested, after i read the book i wanted to be a spy going under cover. But that dream never will come true,because i want to be a lawyer. I have red this book before the first book so its ok though i love the author who wrote all the series to all these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good i can't say! A little creepy, though at parts. This is the best book i have ever read. I love this series so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a lot of fun! How unexpected! When I was at the library, I wanted to grab a couple of audiobooks since I spend a lot of time driving during the week, but didn't have a lot of time, and saw this sitting on the top of the display case and figured "what the heck, it looks cute". Turns out it's the second book in a series about a middle-school girl named Gilda Joyce, who considers herself a psychic investigator. In this book, she transfers to a private academy called Our Lady of Sorrows, partly because it's a "better school with better opportunities" (says her mother), but mostly because a girl died there a few years ago, and there are rumors of her haunting the school. Naturally, it sounds like a job for a psychic investigator, so Gilda jumps at the opportunity... but gets more than she bargained for when she begins to uncover the truth behind the girl's death.There were only a few concerns I had with the book, mostly to do with the main character. Gilda can get somewhat annoying and repetitive at times, and she lies far too easily without remorse. I realize that's often the case with young teens, but I didn't feel comfortable that there were no repercussions for her lies and that she didn't apologize. She also has a tendency to act rather egotistical, and sometimes treats others with surprising contempt, even while bemoaning her own plight among the school's social scene. That said, the adults in the book sound like adults, act like adults, and react like sensible adults, even when Gilda thinks they're wrong. In that sense, I think the author has an excellent grasp on teen / adult relationships and how they're perceived from both sides.I listened to this as an audiobook, and the narrator did an excellent job. She pulled off the young teen voice and vibe, without delving into sounding too annoying or whiny. Her voices for the other characters were also very well done and consistent all the way through. I'm definitely planning to pick up more Gilda Joyce, and hopefully in audio format!
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gilda Joyce is so much fun! As a not so typical teenager, Gilda is interested in psychic phenomena and always seems to get herself involved in a mystery.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 Gilda is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. I loved her attitude toward the snobby girls at the school. She tends to be over-dramatic and to put her nose where it doesn't belong. Her reason is that it is justifiable if it will get to the bottom of the mystery. She can't believe that Dolores was stupid enough to just step out onto the ice. Someone must be responsible for her actions that night, and Gilda is going to find out who.
jackiewark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 girls school called Our Lady of Sorrows. She doesn't want to leave her best friend, Wendy Choy behind at her old school. Gilda is silently furious until she finds out that a mysterious secret surrounds the school. Three years ago, a girl drowned under curious circumstances. Gilda is determined to get to the bottom of it. Her psychic abilities come to her via dreams which provide clues to preponderous predicaments. Gilda eventually does solve the mystery surrounding the dead girl, Delores Lambert, by using her insightful instincts and keeping a cool head. But, just when she thinks she will be hailed as a hero for solving the mystery, the real fun begins.Gilda is a no-nonsense type of girl, who doesn't back away from set-backs or threats. She is a thinker, a doer and a go-getter. You will enjoy her brassiness and determination. I am sure when you pick up the copy of Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison, you will have a hard time putting it down because a mystery is in the making
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it becaause it was mysterious and very entertaining.
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Thus book was awesome!!!!!!love gia shes awesome!!
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Love these books!! Silmply wonderful!! :)
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