I love these books! Gilda is like a modern day Nancy Drew, but with attitude!
My daughter loves this author. She emailed her and Ms. Allison responded! At first, I thought it was possibly her publicist or someone who answers her fan mail. However, she told my daughter where she would be signing books and hoped to meet her. Ofcourse, I drove 4 hours for my daughter to meet her and she actually remembered my daughter by name and quoted her email. I made my daughters day! Not too mention, it was worth the 4 hour drive. She signed all 3 of my daughter's books and took pictures with her! What an amazing experience for my daughter!!
Love this series. It's the Nancy Drew for the new millenium!
I listened to the story (unabridged Audio CD).
Gilda Joyce is a very 'quirky' teenager. She lives in Michigan with her mother and brother. Her father, who died two years before, had given Gilda his typewriter. Gilda uses the typewriter to help her in discovering her 'career'.
Gilda doesn't quite fit in with the other girls in her class. While each of them has plans for their summer vacation, Gilda invents a tale where she says she is going to spend the summer with relatives in California. So she won't be embarrassed, she writes a letter and gets herself invited to San Francisco to visit her mothers distant cousin Lester Splinter and his fragile (and frequently crabby) daughter Juliet.
Gilda arrives at the house in a posh San Francisco neighborhood. But the house has a neglected look and attached to the house is a boarded up tower which immediately sparks Gilda's interest. You see, Gilda has a very active imagination for she is reading a book about how to become a psychic investigator (The Masters Psychic Handbook by By Balthazar Frobenius, a Michigan native just like Gilda). So of course she has to find out what secret is in the tower. She talks Juliet into having a séance to try and contact her long dead aunt Melanie Splinter to discover what really happened in the tower. Juliet has seen the ghost of Melanie and the housekeeper, Rosa, has also seen many ghosts in the gardens near the tower.
It was a cute story. I am glad I had the opportunity to listen to it.