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Gilda Joyce: the Ghost Sonata Paperback – October 30, 2008

4.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Gilda Joyce Series

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Killer ghosts and tarot death cards give spooky messages in the latest about the smart teen detective, Gilda Joyce which began with Psychic Investigator (2005). Gilda accompanies her best friend to an international piano competition in Oxford, England. The suspense builds nicely (Is there a serial killer after the students? Is a ghost looking for someone to take its place), and there's lots of romantic comedy and hilarious play with Briticisms, as when Gilda is snogging in the graveyard with a cute English boy. Once again, Allison uses moments familiar to us all in a haunting story. Rochman, Hazel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


aAn excellent addition to an already strong series.a" aSchool Library Journal," starred review

An excellent addition to an already strong series. " School Library Journal", starred review

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 990 (What's this?)
  • Series: Gilda Joyce
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Gilda Joyce books have now officially earned the coveted spot on my top shelf, beside such classics as 'The Prydain Chronicles', 'Lord of the Rings', 'The Underland Chronicles', and 'The Dark is Rising Sequence'. They just keep getting better and better, funnier and funnier. And 'The Ghost Sonata' is no different.

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.

Rating: Masterpiece
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Format: Hardcover
Gilda Joyce was a likable character from the very start. Anyone who read the first two books knows this, and was likely in need of a new fix of Gilda by the time this book came out, and "The Ghost Sonata" is the perfect addition to the series to quench our Gilda thirst. While Gilda's character remains consistent (as likable and as quirky), writer Jennifer Allison clearly evolves as a writer with each book she publishes. What we have here is a more mature book that still retains the almost childish outlook on the world that is a trademark to Gilda, self proclaimed "psychic investigator."

"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.
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Format: Hardcover
Fourteen-year-old Gilda Joyce has a passion for fashion, and a flair for the offbeat; so when she learns that her best friend, and expert pianist, Gwendolyn "Wendy" Choy, has been chosen to be a finalist in a piano competition, that will be held in Oxford, England, Gilda couldn't be more thrilled. Oxford is full of ghost stories, and, as a psychic investigator, Gilda is determined to experience one first-hand; which is why she will do anything in her power to snag a seat on the red eye headed for the British destination. Unfortunately, money is tight, and, seeing as how she gave up piano lessons after a few weeks, she certainly can't try to make her way into the competition, so she does the next best thing...Gilda offers her services as an experienced page turner, and voila! She's out of school for a week, and encountering her next, and very first European, adventure. Packing her pink umbrella, spidery false eyelashes, countless stilettos, her mod outfit, cat's-eye glasses, go-go boots, and an assortment of hats, Gilda couldn't be more thrilled to set off. Unfortunately, her excitement isn't shared by the pianist of the hour - Wendy. For weeks, Wendy has been having disturbing nightmares that have made it near impossible for her to sleep, let alone concentrate on being the best pianist she can be. But winning the competition would mean prestige for her family, as well as a nice chunk of change that Gilda has already begun spending in her mind. But as much as Gilda craves a purse full of money that will purchase her heart's desires, she can't help but sympathize with her closest pal, and feel the need to solve the mystery of Wendy's nightmares. But since arriving in England, Wendy's nightmares have taken an even more bizarre turn.Read more ›
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