Reviews for Dead Drop


Booklist Reviews 2009 May #1
First you have to get past the fact that 14-year-old Gilda Joyce, psychic detective, has gotten herself an internship at Washington, D.C.'s International Spy Museum and shares an apartment with a twentysomething. (True, her application did say she was 15.) But this book, one of the strongest in the series, is full of excitement as it pulls together lots of plotlines (the inner workings of the International Spy Museum! Cold war spies! Psychic spies!) into a bustling, often-amusing read. Gilda is as sassy as ever, and though she doesn't always come across as a real teen, she certainly comes across as fun. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 June

Gr 5-8--In her latest psychic investigation, Gilda Joyce, "fourteen years and 11 months," has slightly fudged her age to land a summer internship at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. There she encounters a variety of characters, from spy museum summer campers to a former KGB agent, to her longtime psychic idol and mentor, Balthazar Frobenius. The humor, pacing, and story line are all top-notch, and Allison succeeds at breathing life into the entire cast. Gilda seems even more grown up and independent with as much, if not more, chutzpah than in her previous adventures. She retains and further develops her psychic powers that allow her to figure out and find the "dead drop," an agreed-upon place where spies leave crucial information for one another (and for government officials). Yet Gilda also shows some investigative restraint when it comes to equally important matters such as the questionable relationship between her brother and her best friend. This is a well-told story with a tenacious, yet completely endearing heroine. Allison creates a summer anyone would envy--anyone interested in intrigue, adventure, fashion, and the truth, that is.--Tracy Weiskind, Chicago Public Library

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VOYA Reviews 2009 August
This book finds teen psychic investigator Gilda working a summer internship at the Spy Museum in Washington DC. Soon after arriving for her first day, Gilda accompanies a museum historian when he picks up some Cold War artifacts from a former KGB spy. Subsequently unusual things begin happening at the museum--a ghost appears, equipment malfunctions, and strange graffiti is found. Gilda cannot resist following clues and attempting to find out what's happening. She does this with the guidance of her dog-eared copy of Master Psychic's Handbook. She is thrilled when she meets the handbook's author, Balthazar Frobenius, and the two join forces to solve the mystery Gilda's quirky character is matched by her fashion sense, which adds a light humor to the story. Young teen readers will quickly find themselves immersed in a very good story and will enjoy following Gilda's journey. Older teen readers might find it difficult to focus on the story when Gilda's character comes across rather unevenly. At times, she is wise beyond her years and other times she is very immature. It is rather unbelievable that a fourteen-year-old would be allowed to go to a strange city alone for a summer and share an apartment with an unknown twenty-something. This fourth series installment builds on Gilda's already established popularity.--Debbie Clifford 3Q 4P M J Copyright 2009 Voya Reviews.

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