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Gilda Joyce: the Ghost Sonata Paperback – October 30, 2008
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An excellent addition to an already strong series. " School Library Journal", starred review
?An excellent addition to an already strong series.?" ?School Library Journal", starred review
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When her friend Wendy is chosen in a prestigious contest to go to Oxford, England, and compete in a piano competition, Gilda is thrilled. Due to a technicality, she's able to go along with Wendy -- as her page-turner. But something is wrong -- someone or something is slipping Wendy and the other competitors tarot cards bearing terrifying dooms upon them. To add to this, Wendy is hearing strange music in her head, and thinks she's either going insane or being haunted by a ghost: the ghost of a young boy named Charles Drummond, who had her number -- nine -- in the very same competition she is currently in, and who was a brilliant composer before his death at the age of fourteen -- a death that Gilda believes was not entirely accidental.
If there was one thing I wasn't thrilled about in this book, it was that Wendy gets nearly as much page time as Gilda, and while Wendy is a good character, she's not GILDA. There wasn't any less humor, though, and I understand why Wendy needed some scenes to herself. They were perfect complements to each other: Gilda the wacky, extremely eccentric one who enjoys telling people about her psychic investigative work, and Wendy, who is rational and smart and dry-humored.
Another excellent entry in the series. Highly recommended, and I can't wait for the next book.
"The Ghost Sonata" is certainly greater than the two previous Gilda Joyce books in a number of ways; the mystery isn't as twisty and drawn out as it was in "The Ladies of the Lake", but it is infinitely more complex and, though this book is certainly aimed at the teenage audience, more adult in the way it is executed. There are big themes at work in this book, both in the major plot and each little intricate subplot. Each character, minor or major, has their own little inner demon or closeted skeleton and the things that happen, the way they deal, make for such poignant, real-life writing that it can literally bring a tear to your eye.
What I did miss from the beginning of the novel until around the middle was reading only through Gilda's point of view. If we had any glimpses into the POVs of a character other than Gilda in the first two books, it was a rare occurrence. However, Allison puts the character Wendy Choy, Gilda's best friend, as the main character of many chapters. Wendy is a great character, but she just can't match the charm of the protagonist... Come to think, who can? But luckily, the vast majority of the middle to the end of the book has Gilda at the forefront.Read more ›
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I donated these books to a RIF Program at my daughters school. Yes it was good, and I know the children love them.Published 8 months ago by serenity83
I have to warn you it's very boring at first. Something drove me to keep reading though and I'm glad I kept reading it was both sad yet tragic that Wendy didn't win! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marcel McDermott
This was such a great book. I loved how Jennifer Allison made it spooky with the piano music and the clues that were dropped around. It was DEFINITELY a great read!Published 24 months ago by Jetski
My 9 year old days these books are full of mystery and addictive. Once you start reading you just can't stop.Published on April 13, 2014 by Doran Schrantz
This was a great book. Although, I would like what book in a series it is on the title page.Published on March 29, 2014 by New reader
A very spooky book and definite page turner!! I read this great book in one afternoon! Great read for mystery lovers.Published on March 7, 2014 by Warrior cat3779
I love this book I could not stop reading!
read the other ones too they are also very good