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The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., Book One)

by Jonathan Stroud

Published by Disney/Hyperion, 2013
390 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒231-64913

Ages 11-15

In this parallel universe, London residents are at risk from hostile 揤isitors敆aka ghosts. Adults lack the ability to see ghosts, so it抯 left to young people to put up a fight. Several agencies (think private eye meets Ghostbusters ) serve Britain in this capacity. Lockwood and Company, run by charismatic Anthony Lockwood along with studious George Cubbins and risk-taking Lucy Carlyle, is the only agency without an adult supervisor and as such is viewed as unreliable and rebellious. Lucy narrates her early career with Lockwood and Co. as their clever and brave attempts at ghost removal often end in botched results, lending credence to their detractors claims. Eventually they are driven to accept a high-risk, high-reward job in order to repay debts and save their company抯 reputation after one of their investigations goes horribly wrong. This smart middle-grade adventure, alternately funny and scary with fallible characters that grow emotionally and intellectually, sets the stage for the continuing escapades of Lockwood and Company.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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