From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9–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. Gildas 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, shes not crazy about her widowed mothers unemployed boyfriend. Gilda is a verbal, funny, engaging character whose self-confidence and fearlessness are more reminiscent of Nancy Drew than Sammy Keyes. And, like the classic old series mysteries, this one has an exaggerated sense of reality that usually works well. Occasionally the mix of humor and spookiness doesnt quite mesh, and an anti-hazing plot is worthwhile but a bit heavy on the didacticism. More often, though, this is an intriguing story filled with surprise and suspense. Its length is a plus in that it allows for more complexity. (For instance, Moms boyfriend turns out to be not quite the clown that Gilda had imagined.) Overall, its an irreverent, well-written addition to the too-small collection of engrossing mysteries for junior high readers.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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The spirited sleuth who first appeared in Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator
(2005) is less than pleased when her mother enrolls her in a well-respected (but somewhat quirky) Catholic girls school. Gilda's only solace is the rumor that the place is haunted. Though virtually all the adults are played for laughs and the plot could have used some tightening, sassy, stubborn Gilda shines, and an admirable lesson about compassion is gently but firmly tucked between chuckles. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved