Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WDYMYNR: Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison

This week we're going to shed a little light on some books that we love that are a bit older, but still deserve all the love...

Teen reviewer Neeka shares her pick today:

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison

There are certain famous classics we all remember reading when we were younger. Unfortunately, not all great books become huge hits. Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, by Jennifer Allison, isn’t a very well-known book, but it’s definitely a gem.

When I was in sixth grade, I checked this book out but I didn’t get the chance to read it before its due date. About a week ago, I had a sudden flashback to that book. It had seemed so great at the time, so I decided to give it a chance and checked it out from the library again.

If you’re expecting this book to be incredibly childish, think again. Gilda is a witty, sly, and psychic-obsessed eighth grader who’s perhaps the most likable protagonist I’ve ever encountered in children’s fiction. She decides that she simply must have an adventure before high school starts, so she invites herself to the home of a distant uncle, Mr. Splinter, in San Francisco. Luckily for her, the house is almost certainly haunted by her uncle’s sister, who took her own life at the house years ago.

Gilda also meets Mr. Splinter’s daughter, Juliet, who is antisocial and aloof. As Gilda delves deeper into the spooky secrets of the Splinters’ mansion, Juliet warms up to her a little. And it’s that slow friendship that makes this book so cute.

The book also addresses some tough themes—Juliet’s depression and Gilda mourning her father are two important elements of the novel.

This read is overall light, fun, and spooky. I recently found out that Gilda Joyce is actually a series, and you can be sure I’ll be reading the next books. You should too!

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Middle School Monday: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

What Do You Mean You Never Read: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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