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The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase

by Jonathan Stroud

A sinister problem has arisen 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?

Ages
10, 11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 8
Lexile Measure
720L
DRA
70
Guided Reading
Z
Number of Pages
400
Genre
Mystery and Suspense, Horror

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag Jonathan Stroud Stroud has gone on to publish more young adult novels including his latest entitled, Bartimaeus: The Amulet of Samarkand, the first book in this fantasy trilogy. While receiving rave reviews this series is sure to be must read for fantasy lovers.

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