GILDA JOYCE, PSYCHIC INVESTIGATOR;
GILDA JOYCE AND THE LADIES OF THE LAKE; GILDA JOYCE: THE GHOST
SONATA, by Jennifer Allison, Puffin Books, $15.99; ages 9-12.
Gilda is a psychic investigator who
hunts ghosts. Ghost hunting became her way of coping when her dad
These stories are written in a way that
we get to know what Gilda is thinking. In the first book, Gilda
visits relatives in San Francisco and finds a ghost in the tower of
their Victorian mansion. In book two, Gilda goes to a new school
and solves a 3-year-old ghost story about the girl who drowned in
the lake. In book three, Gilda goes with her best friend, Wendy, to
a piano competition in London where Gilda finds love and another
Gilda is zany, clever, funny and very
NIGHTMARE ACADEMY, by Dean Lorey,
HarperCollins, $16.99; ages 10-12.
It is hard to make friends when your
nightmares allow horrible monsters into the world.
Charlie is trapped in his house. His
mother decided he needed protection and home schooling after an
afternoon nap at school turned into a nightmare, literally. The
classroom was destroyed, the kids were scared and everyone blamed
Charlie. Luckily for Charlie, help arrived in the form of
nethermancers and banishers. Charlie learns there is a school for
him after all, the Nightmare Academy. Here he learns how to control
his dreams and fight the monsters who invade his sleep.
According to Charlie, the monsters in
the closet and under the bed are real. But don't worry, Charlie is
learning how to save you.
SHE'S A WITCH GIRL, by Kelly McClymer,
Simon Pulse, $8.99 paperback; ages 11-13.
Pru, short for Prudence, is a witch.
Her mother is a witch and her dad is a mortal. When her parents
decide it's time for a witch education, they enroll her in Agatha's
Day School for Witches. There Pru does her best to catch up with
her witch studies while proving to her cheerleading squad she knows
what it takes to win at Nationals.
The other books in this series are:
Competition's a Witch and The Salem Witch Tryouts.
ULYSSES MOORE: THE DOOR TO TIME AND THE
LONG-LOST MAP, by Michael Merryweather, Scholastic Inc., $12.99;
Eleven-year-old twins, Jason and Julia,
and their parents move from London to old Argo Manor on the British
coast. The house's strange old caretaker, Lester, abides by the
previous owner's wishes, keeping the house exactly as Ulysses Moore
An afternoon of exploring becomes an
adventure of a lifetime when Julia, Jason and their new friend,
Rick, discover clues, keys, a secret door, hidden passageways and
much more. In the second book, they discover a ship, take a trip to
ancient Egypt and end up inside a pyramid.
The end of the book leaves us with the
promise of many more adventures to come.
GIVING UP THE GHOST, by Sheri Sinykin,
Peachtree Publishers, $14.95; ages 12 and up.
Davia keeps a list of the things that
scare her. Death, ghosts, snakes, the dark, alligators and her
mother's cancer coming back are just a few of the things on her
While in Louisiana to help take care of
her mother's dying aunt, Aunt Mari tells Davia all about the
plantation's history, her family history and about all the people
who lived there, including Emelie, who died when she was 13 in
1853. According to Aunt Mari, Emelie is haunting the house. She
asks Davia to befriend Emelie to find out why she is so angry and
to help her find peace. Aunt Mari says she won't rest in peace
until Emelie does.
Can Davia face her fears and grant the wish of a dying old
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