Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Lockwood & Co. series.

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“I definitely hope this is the start of a series so that there will be
more. It’s all about ghost hunters in England — specifically 3 young and
unsupervised Ghost Hunters dealing with the infestation of ghosts that
reside within London. Though not always on their best behavior, when
these hunters are not burning down houses, they’re making London safe
for everyone. They venture out armed with iron salt and utilize all the
intricate systems in place within the city to deal with their ghost
problem. The world this author thought up is amazing. It’s this really
cool system with all their technology geared towards fighting ghosts.
The whole city is geared up with ghosts lights that stay on all
throughout the night. There are tributary systems running through the
city because ghosts hate passing over water. Every home comes equipped
with iron lined lentils and window frames because “the visitors” — the
city’s vernacular for ghosts — hate crossing iron just like a vampire
would stereotypically hate being near garlic. It’s so much fun and I
can’t wait for more.”

— Wil


A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) is the author of four previous books in the Lockwood & Co. series as well as the New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus books, and the stand-alone titles Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his wife and three children.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781423164913
ISBN-10: 1423164911
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 17th, 2013
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Lockwood & Co.