Saturday, September 15, 2007

Gilda Joyce: The Ghost Sonata, by Jennifer Allison

This is the third book in the series and it lived up to my very high expectations set by the previous two. I think Gilda Joyce will be the current generation of sixth grade girls' Anne of Green Gables. Like Anne, Gilda is precocious, imaginative, self-absorbed, kind, both mature and immature for her age, depending on whether you're talking about social skills, intellect, or emotional development. And she's also incredibly brave.

Yeah, I love these books. Two of my students are already moving through the series. And to be honest, I read and liked the original Anne of Green Gables, but never got into any of the other books. But the psychic investigations that propel the plots of Gilda's books forward are like fast moving trains. So you've basically got this brash, endearing, and hilariously earnest main girl character, AND fascinating, spooky, mysteries. All at the same time. I only wish there were already more.

I also have a goal to get at least two of my boys into this series.

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