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Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

Gilda Joyce: The Dead Drop

Gilda knows how to maneuver her way into just the experience she wants. This time, she’s fudged on her age just a little to get accepted as a summer intern at The International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. (This is a real place you can visit!) She is 14 and eleven months if you want to be picky about it. What’s one more month?

If you haven’t read any of Gilda’s other adventures, you should know that she is an experienced psychic investigator and she loves to spy and solve msyteries. Sometimes, she solves mysteries by paying attention to dead people!

Gilda says, “I decided I would learn everything I could about surveillance techniques, living undercover, and the art of disguise – all the tradecraft used by professional spies. …I admit it: I expected to impress the experts on the Spy Museum staff. After all, who could be better at discovering secrets than a young psychic spy?” She also gets a firsthand look at cool spy gadgets and meets some real spies!

What Gilda doesn’t count on is the number of ghosts that seem to be haunting our nation’s capitol, and in particular the Spy Museum itself! She also discovers that she’s in the spy capitol of the U.S. If she’s spying on everybody else, aren’t they also spying on her?

I have always liked Gilda, an independent thinking, curious, gutsy girl who goes with her instincts.  I think this is my favorite of her adventures so far. She isn’t making this stuff up – she lives her dream!

Gilda Joyce Psychic Investigator
Gilda Joyce #2 The Ladies of the Lake
Gilda Joyce #3 The Ghost Sonata
Gilda Joyce #4 The Dead Drop

Talk the Talk Word of the Day: Drop – A location people use to exchange information. One person leaves information in a certain place for another person to pick up. This way, the two people are not seen together.

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The Night Tourist

The Night Tourist

The Night Tourist

After being hit by a car, Jack discovers he can see people, people other people can’t see. The question is, who is real, and who is a ghost? While in New York City, Jack meets Euri, an adventurous, fun girl that is excited to show him the city’s sites. Jack soon discovers that Euri is a ghost who agrees to show him the sites of New York’s Underworld, the haunts and ghosts of those people who have died in New York.

Jack’s mother died in New York.

The possibility of seeing her again fuels Jack’s desire to learn all about Euri’s world of the dead.  Since Jack is alive touring the Underworld, is it possible for him to find his mother…and bring her back to the world of the living? And if Euri can come to the world of the living and find him, why can’t his mother and why doesn’t Euri go find her own family? Author: Katherine Marsh

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Deep and Dark and Dangerous

Deep and Dark and Dangerous

Deep and Dark and Dangerous

As a little girl, Ali’s mom spent her summers at a Main beach house with her parents and her sister Dulcie. Whenever the beach house is mentioned, Ali’s mom begins to act strange, and Ali’s mom has never wanted to go back to the beach house, even though it sits there, still owned by the family.

One day, Ali finds an old picture of her mom and her aunt taken when the two were little girls. Oddly, a third little girl has been torn from the picture.  Who is that girl? And why won’t Ali’s mom talk about her?

Ali’s mom is not happy when Aunt Dulcie invites Ali to the beach house for the summer. Ali is hoping to relax, far away from her mom’s over-protective hovering. One day at the beach, Ali and her cousin Emma meet a little girl named Sissy.  At first Sissy is nice, and seems like a good playmate for Emma, but she soon reveals herself to be an angry, mean little girl who delights in scaring Emma with a story about Theresa, a girl who drowned at the beach about the time Ali’s mom was a kid. A girl whose body was never found. Are you creeped out yet? You will be! Author: Mary Downing Hahn

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Coraline

Coraline

Coraline Graphic Novel

 

When Coraline moves into a new house she’s lonely and bored. Her parents are busy and she hasn’t made any friends yet. One day she finds a hidden door. When she goes through the door she enters a world that is a dream come true, a world like her world…only better! Her house is there, only better. Her bedroom has in it what she’s always wanted. Her parents are there, only better. They have time for her and are even fun. And suddenly, her mom can cook delicious meals!

But Coraline’s mom and dad are also different, their eyes are nothing but empty…black…buttons. They want her to sew buttons over her own eyes and stay with them forever. Horrified, Coraline runs back through the hidden door to her own world only to find that her real parents are missing – taken by the “other” mother and trapped in the “other” world. To get them back, Coraline has to return and confront the “other” mother.

Coraline

Talk about creepy! Monsters and vampires and other things can be scary but you know that really they can’t be real. But what if the scary thing is disguised as something familiar, like your mother? This “other” mother reveals herself to be a very spooky woman! She eats black beetles with her long spindly fingers and tells Coraline that her parents don’t really love her anymore. Coraline’s “real” family might not be perfect, but she wishes them back more than anything, more than glitzy toys and good food and getting her every wish. It takes all of Coraline’s wits and bravery to outsmart the “other” mother and bring her family home. Author: Neil Gaiman

You can read this one two ways, as a regular book or a graphic novel, and you can also go see the movie, it opens Feb. 6th. The author also wrote The Graveyard Book – don’t miss that one either!

Coraline Web Comic Used With Permission:

coraline-web-comic

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The Graveyard Book – Newbery Winner 2009

The Graveyard Book – Newbery Winner 2009

The Graveyard Book

“There was a hand in the darkness and it had a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor. If it sliced you, you might not even know you had been cut, not immediately. The knife had done almost everything it was brought to that house to do, and both the blade and the handle were wet.” And you know why the blade and handle are wet, even though the book doesn’t say. Scary. Really scary.

But one person escapes the house, a toddler who makes his way to the neighboring graveyard and is taken under the protection of the resident ghosts to keep him safe from the mysterious man with the knife. And that, this very unconventional family, not the knife, is the heart of the story.

At first, the ghosts in the graveyard have a discussion about whether or not it is OK to keep the baby and raise it in the confines of the graveyard. A childless ghost couple, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, agree to raise the baby as their own. But as one of the graveyard inhabitants points out, “It is going to take more than just a couple of good-hearted souls to raise this child. It will take a graveyard.” And so the group agrees to offer the little boy protection from the danger that lies outside the graveyard fence and raise him as their own, a living boy in a village of spirits, ghosts and ghouls.

The Graveyard Book is a really delicious story about what makes a family and how that family raises up a child to go out into the world and face the dangers there. This book was just named this morning as the 2009 Newbery Medal Winner. One of the links below is to a set of online videos of the author, Neil Gaiman, reading the whole book outloud. Yes, you can listen to the whole thing. Cool! Author: Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Trailer Narrated by Neil Gaiman:

And here is a review of this book from Bethany, a reader of IMCPL’s Readers Connection:

A murderer goes after an entire family, but the youngest member — just a toddler — manages to slip away… and toddle into a nearby graveyard. There, the toddler becomes Nobody “Bod” Owens and is raised as a living boy among the dead. Bod is taught the secrets of the graveyard, how to Fade and frighten people, but he craves human companionship. As he grows up, it becomes clear that those who originally wanted to do Bod harm want to see the job finished.

This is another one of those books that shouldn’t be labeled as a kid’s book, becaus grown-ups really should read it too. Gaiman’s spooky riff on Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” is great storytelling, with a full cast of delightful characters. Bod’s struggle to figure out what it means to be human among a graveyard full of dead people from different times is poignant and surprising.

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