The Screaming Staircase

by Jonathan Stroud Book 1 of the Lockwood & Co. Series

In this parallel universe, London residents are at risk from hostile "Visitors"-aka... read more

In this parallel universe, London residents are at risk from hostile "Visitors"-aka ghosts. Adults lack the ability to see ghosts, so it's left to young people to put up a fight. Several agencies (think private eye meets Ghostbusters ) serve Britain in this capacity. Lockwood and Company, run by charismatic Anthony Lockwood along with studious George Cubbins and risk-taking Lucy Carlyle, is the only agency without an adult supervisor and as such is viewed as unreliable and rebellious. Lucy narrates her early career with Lockwood and Co. as their clever and brave attempts at ghost removal often end in botched results, lending credence to their detractors' claims. Eventually they are driven to accept a high-risk, high-reward job in order to repay debts and save their company's reputation after one of their investigations goes horribly wrong. This smart middle-grade adventure, alternately funny and scary with fallible characters that grow emotionally and intellectually, sets the stage for the continuing escapades of Lockwood and Company. (Ages 11-15)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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