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Gilda Joyce: the Dead Drop Hardcover – May 14, 2009

Book 4 of 5 in the Gilda Joyce Series

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First you have to get past the fact that 14-year-old Gilda Joyce, psychic detective, has gotten herself an internship at Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum and shares an apartment with a twentysomething. (True, her application did say she was 15.) But this book, one of the strongest in the series, is full of excitement as it pulls together lots of plotlines (the inner workings of the International Spy Museum! Cold war spies! Psychic spies!) into a bustling, often-amusing read. Gilda is as sassy as ever, and though she doesn’t always come across as a real teen, she certainly comes across as fun. Grades 6-9. --Ilene Cooper

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"This is a well-told story with a tenacious, yet completely endearing heroine. Allison creates a summer anyone would envy- anyone interested in intrigue, adventure, fashion, and the truth, that is." --School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gilda Joyce
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525479805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525479802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book in Jennifer Allison's popular GILDA JOYCE: PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR series received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly and inclusion in School Library Journal's "Best Books of the Year" and Booklist Magazine's "Top Ten Mysteries" lists. Books in the Gilda Joyce series have continued to garner critical praise and awards including an Edgar Award nomination from Mystery Writers of America and a Sunshine State Award nomination. The Gilda Joyce mysteries have been translated into seven languages.

A former journalist, book editor and high school English teacher, Jennifer Allison lives in Chicago, IL with her husband and three children. She has given presentations and writing workshops at schools and conferences throughout the country. Read more about Jennifer Allison, the inspiration for the new IGGY LOOMIS series, and materials for integrating IGGY LOOMIS with your school's language arts and science curriculum at www.iggyloomis.com. The author is available for interviews and events upon request.

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Once again Jennifer Allison has created a masterpiece!
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Great book series... My 12 year old has read them all and loves them.
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Overall, I wasn't let down by the book, because it was a good read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pat Shand VINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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I said it in my reviews for the previous Gilda Joyce books, and I'll say it again. This series is easily the most well-written, captivating, and all around entertaining series of "children's books" since Harry Potter. I turned the last page of the latest Gilda book, "The Dead Drop," less than five minutes ago, and I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment. Hopefully, we don't have to wait another two years for it, but when it does roll around, you better believe I'll be reading it.

So I love the series as a whole. This book on its own was also very good, but it lacked a few of the key things that elevated the first three books to a higher level. Gilda's snarky charm is still there, though I was a bit let down to see that she is a bit less disarming here than she was previously. The real change, though, is in the overall telling of the story. There is a lot more emphasis on the mystery and less on Gilda's emotional journey. In all the prior books, the Gilda's feelings (and those of the major supporting characters) were woven into the mystery, taking the reader on an emotional ride even as the mystery unfolds and things get scary. That was oddly absent in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another great Gilda Joyce book set at The International Spy Museum!!
In Jennifer Allison's 4th book you can tell Gilda's older with more responsibilities and her skills are sharper. In the Dead Drop, Gilda is a bit more serious than she has been in the last three books. There's less stuff going on with Gilda personally too. Probably having to do with the fact that she's away from home with no friends her age in Washington DC doing an internship at the spy musuem. There were still some interesting developments having to do with family and friends though...Wendy and Gilda's brother (hint hint). Although not as many as in the last three books, there were occasions were i had to burst out laughing (and got weird looks from the other people in the book store).See,this mystery is more focused on what's happening in the plot, not so much what gilda's thinking and feeling. Don't get me wrong though it's a great book and i practically devoured it!
Gilda gets to be very independent in this book.
Having a job, living in the city with an older roommate, being a Spy Camp counseler (i learned a lot about spying myself)...I would definatly recommend this book and hope Jennifer Allison comes out with her next book VERY soon!

Ps. Isn't the cover art awesome?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Jennifer Allison's books. I have read almost all of the Gilda Joyce books. But I think that THE DEAD DROP is the best. THE DEAD DROP is a really good book for kids who love spies, a good mystery, and the paranormal. THE DEAD DROP is a good book for history on the Cold War. It has a twist to it that reminded me of Alfred Hichcock's movie REAR WINDOW. THE DEAD DROP is a good book for kids of both genders. This book has kept me up 'till twelve o'clock at night because it kept me hanging on every letter. Gilda's cooking experiences with her new roommate are absolutely hilarious. I think that THE DEAD DROP is one of Jennifer Allison's best piece of work EVER.

--Nathan T.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another great Gilda Joyce book set at The International Spy Museum!!
In Jennifer Allison's 4th book you can tell Gilda's older with more responsibilities and her skills are sharper. In the Dead Drop, Gilda is a bit more serious than she has been in the last three books. There's less stuff going on with Gilda personally too. Probably having to do with the fact that she's away from home with no friends her age in Washington DC doing an internship at the spy musuem. There were still some interesting developments having to do with family and friends though...Wendy and Gilda's brother (hint hint). Although not as many as in the last three books, there were occasions were i had to burst out laughing (and got weird looks from the other people in the book store).See,this mystery is more focused on what's happening in the plot, not so much what gilda's thinking and feeling. Don't get me wrong though it's a great book and i practically devoured it!
Gilda gets to be very independent in this book.
Having a job, living in the city with an older roommate, being a Spy Camp counseler (i learned a lot about spying myself)...I would definatly recommend this book and hope Jennifer Allison comes out with her next book VERY soon!

Ps. Isn't the cover art awesome?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennelaine on July 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled on this series by accident a few weeks ago, and I love it! It reminds me of the Georgia Nicholson books (Rennison), with a bit of mystery added in. The title character, Gilda Joyce, is funny, sarcastic, and smart and she calls herself a psychic investigator (she channels spirits through her typewriter and wears ridiculous wigs and costumes in order to solve cases!). Plus in this book in the series, Gilda gets to meet her idol, work in a spy museum, and solve a case of national importance. Can't wait to finish the series.
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