Teen Tuesday – Lockwood and Company: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

lockwoodI was completely bowled over by The Screaming Staircase and couldn’t wait for its arrival at our library so I could start recommending it to all our Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans.  Like the two series just mentioned, Lockwood and Company takes a familiar theme and creates an original and beguiling twist.  Trust me, you will love this book!

England has been besieged by ghosts, and not the friendly sort.  The spirits are so plentiful that people are forced into their homes before nightfall to avoid their fatal touch.  Even more disturbing is the fact that these spirits are only visible to children.  As a result, psychic detective agencies have sprouted up, comprised of a workforce of children and adults supervisors who oversee the removal of ghosts, spooks and specters, mild-mannered or otherwise.  Lockwood and Company is the only agency solely run and operated by young people, three to be exact –Anthony Lockwood, charming daredevil and mysterious owner, and his associates, practical Lucy who narrates the book and slovenly George, secretary and paranormal researcher extraordinaire.

The Screaming Staircase offers a jolting blend of heart thumping action, great dialogue, and unique characters that will keep readers transfixed.  Best of all, this book will appeal to a wide variety of genre readers: mystery, horror, adventure or humor.   With a healthy dose of pathos on the side, and enough tea and cookie breaks to fortify us squeamish ones, readers will eagerly follow Lockwood and Company on each daring assignment.  A brilliant start to a series that I hope will last a long time.  The next installment can’t arrive soon enough.  Race to put this one on hold as soon as the library gets it in hardcover.  In the meantime, check out the audiobook!

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