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The Screaming Staircase

Stroud, Jonathan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
Authors: Stroud, Jonathan
Title: The screaming staircase
Publisher: New York :, Disney-Hyperion Books,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 390 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
ISBN: 1423164911
9781423164913
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Stroud
Subject Headings: England Fiction London (England) Fiction England Juvenile fiction London (England) Juvenile fiction Psychic ability Fiction Haunted houses Fiction Supernatural Fiction Ghosts Fiction Psychic ability Juvenile fiction Haunted houses Juvenile fiction Occult fiction Ghost stories
Genre/Form: Paranormal fiction
Ghost stories
Topical Term: Psychic ability
Haunted houses
Supernatural
Ghosts
Psychic ability
Haunted houses
Occult fiction
Ghost stories
LCCN: 2013000352
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A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the unique abilities required to see-and eradicate-these unnatural foes. Many different 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.

Jul 30, 2014
  • kiko34 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best horror book out there. The ghosts in this book are not only scary but dangerous as well, the most dangerous ones can change their appearances and can kill. They can touch you and the area touched will rot.

Jul 26, 2014
  • ExtreemBookLover1998 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED. THIS. BOOK.

Jul 22, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One could also easily toss off simple comparisons to Ghostbusters or Scooby Doo, but to do so would ignore the book's dry humor and truly chilling moments.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/screaming_staircase_stroud

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When the dead haunt the living in ghost-laden England, call on Lockwood & Co.! Lucy Carlyle is the newest member of the young group of spooky spirit hunters, but the trio is about to embark on their most hair-raising case ever!

Jun 06, 2014
  • Violet_Bat_19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the scary theme of this book especially because I do most of my reading before bed! The characters were such thrill seekers, and kept my attention well.

May 14, 2014
  • kmhallen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was so excited to see that Stroud had come out with a new series. I immediately picked it up to give it a go and I wasn't disappointed. This book takes place in a United Kingdom where ghosts are very real and are a problem. They can kill if you come in contact with them! Luckily, children have the ability to see ghosts and some even have the ability to hear them and see other psychic phenomenon. Thus, there are Psychic Detection Agencies employing children all across the nation.

Enter Lucy Carlyle. She's left her agency in upper England and is trying to find a job in London. She comes across an ad for Lockwood & Co. It's run by a teen, Anthony Lockwood, and his partner George Cubbins. Most agencies are at least administer by an adult, so this company is not typical. Lucy lands the job and joins the team.

One of their jobs takes them to a haunted house where they find the remains of a body in a wall. They accidently set fire to the building and have to make a quick escape, but just before they do, Lucy grabs a locket off of the body. The company thinks they've gotten rid of the ghost as the remains were burned in the fire, but it seems that the source of the haunting was actually in the locket. Here's where the real mystery begins! They must solve the puzzle of the locket before the puzzle gets them killed!

All of the characters are brought to life and you really get a feel for each one of them. George definitely brings to mind the dry wit of Bartimaeus. There seems to be a touch of future romance between Anthony and Lucy, but we'll see what comes to pass. Stroud has definitely left the book open for more information to be revealed about each of the characters and I can't wait to see what info new books in the series will bring for each one.

Feb 27, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was quite excited to see Stroud is writing a new series, because there are certain things that are going to be givens about anything he writes: depth, quality, excitement, suspense, humor, realistically developed characters, and detailed world-building. This was no exception. You might have noticed that I "shelved" it as adventure, fantasy, horror, and mystery, and I debated a couple of others. It is all those and more. He has an extraordinary ability to take his time developing his setting and characters in detailed ways that have the potential to feel slow, while creating--and maintaining--excitement, energy, and lightness so that the the story never lags. Yes, this is one of those books with a glossary at the end to help explain all the things the author has invented, but I didn't realize it was there until I reached it since I felt no need to look for it, as everything made perfect sense as it occurred in the course of the telling. This is fun, escapist reading that doesn't require work, yet is weighty and filling as well. ----- The world Stroud has created in Lockwood & Co. might be summed up as one featuring teenage British ghostbusters. The characters are proper, mannered, and sardonic even as they're having near death brushes with dangerous "visitors," jumping out the upper windows of burning buildings, and rebelling against social customs and adult authorities. Narrator and primary protagonist Lucy is a bit of a Watson to Lockwood's reckless, confident, charismatic Holmes. While contrasting personalities, both prefer to rush into action, trusting in their talents, abilities, and intuitions, rather than cautiously researching the histories of their ghosts like the gruff George, the third member of their agency. None of the three fit in at the more established agencies, and, while they are out to make a living, they want to make a name for themselves in the process. Not all of their risks pay off, however, and there's real suspense about the success of each case they accept. I can't wait to read the next one and see what other secrets we'll uncover about the strange ghost infestation that has transformed Stroud's England from the one we know.

Feb 18, 2014
  • MissNatalie_ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this ghostly read! It's the perfect blend of eerie and mystery. All three of Jonathan Stroud's protagonists-Lockwood, Lucy, and George-have depth and contribute to the rhythm of the story. His villains are just the right amount of creepy and believable. I'd recommend this book to a middle grade reader. By the way my eager readers: Book two-The Whispering Skull-should be here August 2014.

Feb 13, 2014
  • JCLHilaryS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jonathan Stroud’s latest book is a thrilling fantasy set in England, in which ghosts roam the nights. Only the very young can see, hear, or otherwise sense spirits. As children near puberty, abilities to see or hear spirits surface, and they are thereby trained and employed by businesses whose sole purpose is to identify and detain or destroy the spirits. As teenagers age into young adulthood, their powers of detection fade, leaving whole corps of preteens and teens to carry out the work, risking their lives in the process.

Anthony Lockwood has no intention of toiling away for a company, barely scraping by. Orphaned, rich, and extraordinarily talented, Lockwood has joined up with George Cubbins to start his own firm, Lockwood & Co. Having recently relocated to London, Lucy Carlyle joins his agency, adding a rare talent neither of the boys possesses. They set out to make their name by solving run of the mill hauntings. A bit of luck, both good and bad, lead the troupe to Combe Carey Hall, the most haunted place in all of England. Striving to make a reputation that allows him to compete with well established, larger institutions Lockwood agrees to the job, despite serious reservations of his cohorts. The threesome quickly realizes more than the supernatural is at work in trying to bring about their demise. At times thrilling, scary, and funny this is an entertaining new series. I’m eagerly awaiting a second book in the series.

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Mar 03, 2014
  • navy_wolf_171 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

navy_wolf_171 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It all began with The Problem. One day, for no apparent reason, the dead started to walk amongst the living. Not just walk, but really wreak some serious havoc. Here are the facts of the matter. 1. If you see a ghost, run. 2. Don’t let a ghost touch you, or you’re dead. 3. Only kids can see ghosts. What are we to make of these facts? Well, it’s no surprise when ghost-busting operations hiring children start cropping up. Enter Lockwood & Company. Run by the charming Anthony Lockwood alongside his two compatriots Lucy and George the ramshackle operation is barely scraping by. Enter a job that goes particularly wrong when the kids accidentally burn down their employers’ home, and it would take a miracle to save the agency. Fortunately, a miracle shows up in the form of a very rich and powerful man. He’s hiring the three to take on the most haunted house in all of Britain. The catch? No one’s ever gotten out of it alive. Will our intrepid heroes take on the job, or is there more at work here than meets the eye?

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Feb 27, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just because, a sample of Stroud's fluent, eloquent writing:

"The caretaker was certainly very ancient, a tight and desiccated thing from which all softness and moisture had long since been extracted. Where Mr. Fairfax had been bullishly vigorous despite his age and infirmity, this man was more like the ash tree by the house: gnarled and twisted, but holding tenaciously to life. He had a shock of gray-white hair, and a narrow face that disintegrated, as he drew near, into a web of lines, a limestone surface with bumps and fissures. His clothes carried an air of somber correctness: he was dressed in an old-fashioned tail coat of dark black velvet, from the sleeves of which gray, liver-spotted fingers protruded. His striped pants were incredibly thin, his shoes as long and pointed as his nose."

Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in messing them all up.”

Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“In fact, it wasn’t at all an ugly hallway; in bright sunlight it might have looked quite pleasant. But not so much now, with the last light from the door panes stretching out like skewed coffins on the floor in front of us; and with our shadows neatly framed inside them..”

Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"With his glasses off, his eyes looked small and weak – blinky and a bit baffled, like an unintelligent sheep that’s taken a wrong turn. But when he put them on again, they went all sharp and steely, more like the eyes of an eagle that eats dumb sheep for breakfast.”

Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“..George Cubbins, handsome as a freshly opened tub of margarine, as charismatic as a wet tea towel lying scrumpled on the floor.”

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Sep 08, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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