The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. Series #1)

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Oh, what a ripping good ghost story this is! Lucy Carlyle joins a firm of teenaged ghost busters whose job it is to save England from ghoulies, ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night. The time period is initially ambiguous, but eventually reveals itself as taking place in the present day. "The Problem," an infestation of the spectral variety, has taken over London and only adolescents have the powers necessary to detect and destroy the spirits. Lucy is particularly sensitive, powers that have not always stood her in good stead. Now she has a new job with Anthony Lockwood and his rotund sidekick, George. After a disastrous assignment, they take a sink-or-swim job at Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. I am absolutely thrilled that this book is being published by Disney/Hyperion, because it must be done in 3D. Stroud has actually written it in 3D, with dripping blood, skeletal ghosts, and headless monks popping up and out in the most thrilling and disturbing ways. Sometimes a book such as this one is all effect and no story, but that is certainly not the case here. Lucy is a feisty, if flub-prone, heroine, and her "talents" are really spine-chillingly creepy. Lockwood proves to be a superb young male hero, cerebral but theatrical enough to attract instant speculation as to what young Hollywood hunk could play him in a movie version of the book. George, the Watson-like third in the trio, grounds the group well as he researches the history of hauntings while filling his mouth with donuts. Honestly, there has not been a ghoulish novel that was this much fun to read in a very long time. A necessary purchase and an easy sell to any chill-loving reader. Book one in the "Lockwood & Co." series. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This first book in the “Lockwood & Co.” series reveals many of the strengths that catapulted Stroud’s “Bartimaeus” series to international success. There is fast-paced action, humor, and a rich sense of setting. This time, though, the supernatural intrigue comes not from a cranky genie but numerous unfriendly ghosts on the prowl in the city of London. First-person narrator Lucy Carlyle has joined Anthony Lockwood’s small agency, with the mission to investigate the notorious haunting of an infamous historic house. As Lucy puts it: “When you go out hunting wicked spirits, it’s the simple things that matter most,” including a silver rapier and tea bags. The ending of this smashing adventure will leave readers eager for book two. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum; Ages 9 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423187905
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: Lockwood and Co. Series , #1
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 37,422
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.
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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    Wow. This book is perfectly written and delivered for its target

    Wow. This book is perfectly written and delivered for its target audience. It is easily readable, yet spine-chillingly spooky. It has just the right amount of comic relief at just the right times, and the characters are wonderfully developed. I appreciated the world building, the intricacies of the relationships between our three heroes, and the appeal this story will have to both boy and girl readers. I will most definitely be recommending this one to all of my students.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    The world that we know and are familiar with no longer exists. T

    The world that we know and are familiar with no longer exists. The street lights come on well before night fall and continue shining until the day breaks again. Adults stay afraid and the children of the world become the only hope for survival. You see, something has happened in the world, and the dead don't stay dead for long, at least the bodies stay dead. The spirits, however, can't seem to stay away. 
    The Problem began and now children everywhere are the front line, the ones fighting ghosts, specters, and scary things in general. Even though the kids are doing all the intensive, frightening, labor intensive type things that involve the dispelling of the more sinister apparitions, the adults still try to control them. That's where Lockwood and Co comes in, the only adult free psychic investigations unit in London. 
    Lucy Carlyle shows up on the Lockwood and Co. doorstep for her seventh interview in seven days. Her last job, thanks to the adult who chose not to listen and to Lucy's own mistake of not listening to her own instincts, did not end well, so she's in London trying to start fresh. Anthony Lockwood, young and determined to prove himself in this adult driven worlds, hires Lucy on the spot because of her special talents. 
    Lucy, who can truly hear, Lockwood, who can truly see, and George, a disgusting slob with the inclinations of a scientist, are the three individuals who might just be able to make a name for themselves. Through a series of mis-adventures, Lockwood, George, and Lucy end up on a daring mission in one of the most severely haunted homes in all of England.  Where others have failed, how will three kids be successful against such foes? 
    This book was a bit of a slow starter for me, mainly because of a few time jumps that I wasn't quite ready for. In the end, I'm glad I stuck it out. George was smart and sloppy, Lucy clever, and Lockwood was a character, let's just leave it at that. The story was so original that I loved the storyline almost as much as I loved the characters. There was a lot of time spent on background knowledge, which worked out nicely because there will definitely be a sequel. Too many loose ends were left and I have a feeling that Lucy has a few talents up her sleeve that even she doesn't understand. 
    So, go check this book out. I loved it! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    TITLE: The Screaming Staircase SERIES: Lockwood & Co. #1

    TITLE: The Screaming Staircase


    SERIES: Lockwood & Co. #1
    AUTHOR: Jonathan Stroud
    GENRE/AUDIENCE: YA PARANORMAL
    REVIEW: Great Fun to Read!

    In this book's alternative universe, "The Problem" is the hauntings of the ghosts or 'Visitors' that have become a pandemic of sorts. Complicating the issue is that mostly only the very young possess gifts to see, hear, or otherwise detect these Visitors.

    Visitors/Ghosts are tied to this world through some "Source," which may be their physical remains, or an object or a place tied to their death. Investigators battle the ghosts until the Source can be neutralized and the ghost is no longer tied to this world.

    Our heroine, Lucy, finds herself applying to Lockwood & Co., which turns out to be Anthony Lockwood, who can see ghosts and also death-spots, and his other investigator, George, who is talented with background research as well as being a licensed investigator who can see Visitors.
    Lucy herself can see and also hear the dead speak, a rare and valuable talent. This agency has no adult overseers, because, truthfully, overseers are often useless dead weight once they can no longer see ghosts, a problem that increases with age.

    END: Promises more adventures to come! Lucy may have more talent yet...
    TAGS: Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Visitors, "the Problem" Parallel universe London.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    To Below

    I am Ten and I read it just fine it was the sample and I am reading a 500 pg range book. I AM TEN THIS CAN BE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS I AM ALMOST IN FIFTH GRADE. I AM ABOVE MY AVERGE READING GRADE. I loved the large sample I got soon I will get the whole book.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    What else can be said about The Screaming Staircase besides that

    What else can be said about The Screaming Staircase besides that it’s one of the most impressive books I’ve read in my entire life? Jonathan Stroud gives us originality – a fresh concept, a dystopian world haunted by spirits, which can be best seen by children, and which are deadly when they touch you. With ghosts out in the open, Londoners stay inside their homes as soon as night falls, trying to escape the specters lurking down the streets. But even their homes often get plagued by ghosts. Murder victims stay behind to haunt the living. Suicides keep on committing the same act night after night.

    Lucy Carlyle is a talented young agent who arrives in London hoping for a good career. But instead, she joins the smallest agency in the city, where there are no adults to supervise, and the charismatic Anthony Lockwood, owner of the agency, tends to do things his way. This could go great, or horribly wrong. And like you guessed, it goes horribly wrong.

    After setting a house on fire during a job that should’ve been relatively easy, Lockwood & Co. is on the verge of bankruptcy. But when a wealthy man shows up on their door with a proposition, they can’t say no, even if that proposition sounds a little crazy.

    I’ve seen this book qualified as middle grade; in my opinion, it’s definitely NOT middle grade. It’s suitable for a young adult audience and older. As an adult, I loved it, because it’s brilliant. It’s original, refreshing, the concept is great, the plot is surprising. A young adult would love it – and the main characters are young adults as well. But for middle graders? First of all, it’s a wopping 404 pages. Secondly, the subject matter is scary, complicated, and not at all suited for middle graders. Even the writing doesn’t find that target age group. So I’d firmly recommend this one to young adults and older audiences, but not to middle graders.

    You know by now that I have trouble reviewing books I loved, and I absolutely loved The Screaming Staircase. I can’t stress that enough. Everything about this book was brilliant, from the writing which jumped from fun, light humor to dark, gritty atmospheric the next, to the characters, to the amazing plot.

    If you buy one, and only one book, this year – then buy The Screaming Staircase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Awesome so far!

    I am only on like the 3rd chapter right now but it has
    really been a page turner! I love it you will too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Love it!!!

    This book was way better than the bartimaeus books. I wish I could be in this world(but I say that to all the books I read). Stroud is a realy good author and I can't wait til the next book comes out.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    You know they say that most real bookworms start reading at a yo

    You know they say that most real bookworms start reading at a young age and they tend to end up devouring books. (My bad, that description fits me perfectly) They also tend to remember certain books that started their path into specific genres or remain vivid in their memories for decades.
    I think this might be one of those books that imprints a taste for a certain type of genre  on young readers. It is witty, slightly dark and doesn't patronize the younger readers intellect or understanding. Stroud has fun with the characters and still manages to keep them at a level that the reader can relate to.
    It is my first Stroud, but it certainly won't be my last. 
    The book is well-written with flamboyant characters and Stroud sets the mood for a suspenseful read. 
    It is an interesting mixture of horror, fantasy, mystery with wisps of paranormal. The characters are funny without being ridiculous and smart without sounding overbearing, which is of the utmost importance in a book aimed at 11+ readers.
    After reading this I bought the Audiobook because I wanted to know how the story would sound as a narrated story. Definitely worth adding to the collection I share with my children.
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    This is the first Jonathan Stroud book I have read, but I will b

    This is the first Jonathan Stroud book I have read, but I will be looking for his back list. I couldn't put this down. It is almost impossible to describe, but the closest I can come up with is Harry Potter meets Ghostbusters gone Steampunk. Very engaging plot, but I wouldn't recommend it to a younger than 10 age group. Some of the situations are too violent for younger children. Can't wait for the next in this series.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    This was a story set in England but not the England we know. It

    This was a story set in England but not the England we know. It was a country that was filled with ghosts, changers and all things paranormal when the sun sets. There were groups of companies that were hired to rid the hauntings. One particular company was Lockwood & Company consisting of Anthony Lockwood the owner,George Cubbins and Lucy Carlyl both assistants to Anthony. they were all children. They manage to screw up some jobs, such as, they burned down a clients house, They then preceded to try to solve a mystery about someone who had died in the house, but because of the fire could not get any decent jobs. Finally a Mr, Fairfax hired them to go to his mansion to find what was causing the hauntings. If you want to find out what happens you must read this book. Great storyline and well thought out characters.
    Thanks to Net Galley and Disney Hyperion.

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