The Screaming Staircase by Stroud

The_Screaming_StaircaseIf you were to take the mystery of a Brixton Brothers or Young Sherlock book and mix it with the supernatural horror of a series like The Last Apprentice, you would get Lockwood & Co.

The Screaming Staircase
Jonathan Stroud
Disney Hyperion
September 2013

Jonathan Stroud who is known for the Bartimaeus sequence has a new series. Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase is the first book in this new scary and fun series. England is faced with a problem. There are ghosts all over the place. As the society tried to deal with the Problem, it was discovered that the abilities to fight these ghosts are strongest in children. So there are many businesses run by kids that help deal with the problem.

Lucy is a new grad of one of the ghostbusting schools. When she gets to London she applies and gets a job with Lockwood & Co and the adventure starts.

This book was scary, suspenseful and fun. I was on the edge of my seat to get to the end and I was very impressed. I have placed this book firmly among my favorite books of the year.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. Ages 8-12 | Grades 4-8.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Patrick Tierney is a school librarian in an elementary school in Providence. Reading is his passion. He loves reading new books and sharing with his students. Getting a good book into the hands of someone and seeing them excited to read is what he lives for. He posts reviews of new and interesting Children’s and YA books at his blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.