Acclaimed author Jennifer Allison’s popular Gilda Joyce mysteries have been recognized with an Edgar Award nomination and starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. In The Bones of the Holy, the 13-year-old psychic sleuth is in St. Augustine, Florida, to solve two truly puzzling mysteries: Why has her mother suddenly decided to marry an antiques dealer who looks like a walrus? And who is the woman in white haunting the man’s house?
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if that friend enjoyed YA novels
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bones of the Holy?
Gilda's self-analysis of why she doesn't want her Mom to get married - and her friend Wendy's comments about how Gilda doesn't like any of her Mom's boyfriends - offered an insightful look into how the loss of her father has caused Gilda to look for ghosts to prove she hasn't lost her father completely. On a less serious note, the travelogue letters she had to write to Mrs. Rabideaux were HILARIOUS!
Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy – was your favorite?
Gilda Joyce is my favorite character. Jessica does an absolutely fantastic job of voicing Gilda. The emotion, the excitement, the mannerisms, the way she starts off letters on the typewriter ("From: Gilda Joyce. To: Gilda Joyce!") makes me laugh every time.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The scene with Gilda helping her neighbor (her "little psychic sister") to overcome her fear of seeing ghosts with a St. Michael's candle was quite touching. Gilda of course was not being sentimental, she was trying to get the girl to dish the dirt on the Lady in White, which makes it funny!
Any additional comments?
I've enjoyed all of the Gilda Joyce books. I'm not a youngun, I'm in my 40s, but the books are fun and funny. I'd like to see Gilda starting to mature a bit, to look beyond herself and show an interest in other people besides how they can help her investigations. Even her interactions with her best friend Wendy and Gilda's brother Steven are always about how they can help Gilda. She doesn't do anything that isn't related to an investigation.