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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennifer Allison  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1966 in Saline, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Allison lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennifer Allison is a former journalist, Book Editor and high school English teacher. She has written the popular Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator and Iggy Loomis series.

Published Works

    Gilda Joyce Series:
  • Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator, Dutton, 2005
  • Gilda Joyce and the Ladies of the Lake, Dutton, 2006
  • Gilda Joyce and The Ghost Sonata , Dutton, 2008
  • Gilda Joyce and The Dead Drop, Dutton, 2009
  • Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy, Dutton, 2011Iggy Loomis Series:
  • Iggy Loomis, Superkid in Training, Dial, 2013
  • Iggy Loomis, A Hagfish Called Shirley, Dial, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator /
ISBN: 0525473750. OCLC Number:

Sleuth/Dutton,. New York :. ©2005.

During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

Gilda Joyce :
ISBN: 0525476938. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2006.

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

Gilda Joyce :
ISBN: 0142412325. OCLC Number:

Sleuth / Puffin,. New York :. 2008.

When ninth-grader Gilda travels to an international piano competition in Oxford, England, as page turner for her friend Wendy Choy, she finds adventure investigating why Wendy is being haunted and who is frightening the performers, while enjoying a romance with a British boy and her first kiss.

Gilda Joyce :
ISBN: 0525479805. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2009.

Almost-fifteen-year-old psychic investigator Gilda Joyce interns for the summer at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and solves a mystery involving national security.

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator :
ISBN: 0525422129. OCLC Number:

Dutton Children's Books,. New York :. ©2011.

Psychic investigator Gilda Joyce is appalled that her mother plans to remarry, but while they are in St. Augustine, Florida, making wedding arrangements Gilda discovers that the city is full of ghosts and mysteries, including one involving her stepfather-to-be.

Superkid in training /
ISBN: 0803737599. OCLC Number:

Dial Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2013.

Just as Daniel is adjusting to sharing his room with Iggy, his little brother, a strange boy with a big interest in bugs moves into their neighborhood, providing Daniel with a new friend but Iggy with some mutated DNA.

A hagfish called Shirley /
ISBN: 0803737815. OCLC Number:

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"When Iggy flushes a pet down the toilet, Daniel has to convince him to use his alien powers to save the day and keep everyone out of trouble"--


Gilda Joyce


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Jennifer Allison has presentations and workshops available for all ages and can speak to large assemblies or classroom-sized groups at your school. Her presentation and workshop options include

  • Writing IGGY LOOMIS From Bugs to Books!
  • The Mystery Genre
  • Spy Fiction Writing Workshop To schedule a school visit, please go to Author or send an email to with the subject heading "SCHOOL VISIT". Skype book talks are also available for groups that have already read one or more of Jennifer Allisons books.