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By Jonathan Stroud

A sinister challenge has happened in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are showing during the urban, they usually are not precisely pleasant. simply youth have the psychic skills required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. many alternative Psychic Detection organizations have cropped as much as deal with the damaging paintings, and they're in fierce festival for enterprise.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and gifted Lucy Carlyle groups up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic chief of Lockwood & Co, a small employer that runs autonomous of any grownup supervision. After an task ends up in either a grisly discovery and a disastrous finish, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are compelled to participate within the perilous research of Combe Carey corridor, the most haunted homes in England. Will Lockwood & Co. live on the Hall's mythical Screaming Staircase and crimson Room to determine one other day?

Readers who loved the motion, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's the world over best-selling Bartimaeus books can be overjoyed to discover an identical components, mixed with deliciously creepy scares, in his exciting and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

Praise for Screaming Staircase, The
"This tale will hold you interpreting overdue into the evening, yet you might want to depart the lighting fixtures on. Stroud is a genius at inventing an totally plausible global that is greatly like ours, yet so creepily diverse. placed The Screaming Staircase in your 'need to learn' list!"
-Rick Riordan

"A excitement from tip to tail, this can be the e-book you hand the complicated readers that declare they might really learn Paradise Lost than Harry Potter. clever as a whip, humorous, witty, and in truth scary from time to time, Stroud we could free and provides readers precisely what they need. Ghosts, childrens all alone with out grownup supervision, and a great deal of scrumptious cookies."
-Elizabeth chook, School Library Journal

"Stroud indicates his regularly occurring aptitude for mixing deadpan humor with exciting motion, and the fiery interaction one of the 3 brokers of Lockwood & Co. invigorates the tale (along with out scarcity of creepy moments)."
-Publishers Weekly

"Three younger ghost trappers tackle lethal wraiths and remedy an outdated homicide case within the cut price to kick off Stroud's new post-Bartimaeus sequence. The paintings is fraught with peril, not just simply because a ghost's merest contact is usually deadly, but additionally, because it seems, not one of the 3 is very reliable at cautious making plans and guidance. A heartily pleasurable string of exciting near-catastrophes, replete with slim squeaks and spectral howls."
-Kirkus Reviews

"...Stroud writes for a more youthful viewers in publication one of many Lockwood & Co. sequence and offers a few chilling scenes alongside the way."

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Like my previous chief, Jacobs, and all of the different dead supervisors choking the undefined, all he may well do now was once boss the children round. Lockwood didn’t appear overly perturbed by means of the jibe. “Well, you know,” he stated, “these issues occur. So…what are you studying? ” “Cluster of ghosts in a highway tunnel close to Moorgate. attempting to work out what they're. ” He eyed our open documents. “I see you’re having a look into whatever too. ” “Yes. ” “Richmond Examiner…Oh, I see. The infamous Sheen highway case. in fact, right here at Fittes, we have a tendency to do our examine ahead of we tackle a customer. We’re now not thoroughly silly, you recognize. ” The boy at his part, a tall and gangling early life, with a wide, big-boned head and a thatch of mousy hair, laughed dutifully. the lady didn’t reply. Humor—even the snide and straightforward style that she used to be intended to aspect with—didn’t appear to be her factor. Her chin was once small and a bit pointy. Her blond hair were reduce brief on the again, yet she had a pointy flick angled throughout her brow; its tip virtually reached her eye. i presumed her remarkable, in a difficult and plastic type of method. She gazed at me. “Who’s this? ” “New assistant,” Lockwood acknowledged. “Well, newish. ” I held out a hand to the lady. “Lucy Carlyle. and also you are? ” the lady gave a bit giggle and appeared away up the aisle as though there has been a chip bag or anything mendacity there that she came across extra fascinating than me. “You should be careful, being with Tony, sweetheart,” Quill Kipps acknowledged. “His final assistant got here to a foul finish. ” I smiled blandly. “Don’t fear approximately me. I’m fantastic. ” “Yeah, yet undesirable issues ensue to humans he’s with regards to. It’s regularly been that means. considering that he was once ever so younger. ” He attempted to make it sound informal, yet his tone betrayed him. there has been a capture in his voice that I didn’t comprehend. i peeked throughout at Lockwood. the best way he stood used to be various. His studious unconcern had stiffened, develop into whatever more durable and not more pliable. I knew he was once approximately to claim whatever, yet earlier than he might communicate, George stirred. “I’ve been listening to issues approximately you too, Quill,” he acknowledged. “That younger lad you despatched into the Southwark catacombs by myself, when you ‘waited for reinforcements’ on the door. What turned of that child, Quill? Or haven’t they discovered him but? ” Kipps frowned. “Who instructed you that? That wasn’t how it happened—” “And that consumer who bought ghost-touched simply because your brokers left an arm bone in his trash can. ” the fellow flushed. “That was once a mistake! They threw away the inaccurate bag—” “Plus, you may have the top mortality expense of any Fittes staff chief, so I’m informed. ” “Well—” “It’s now not an outstanding list, is it? ” there has been a silence. “Oh, and your fly’s undone,” George stated. Kipps regarded down and found the sad fact of the assertion. His face went brilliant purple. His hands strayed to his sword hilt; he took a part leap forward. George didn’t movement yet unblinkingly pointed to a QUIET signal placing at the wall. Quill Kipps took a deep breath. He smoothed his hair again, smiled. “Pity I can’t shut that fats mouth of yours right here, Cubbins,” he stated.

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