Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.2105585

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.

Praise for The Screaming Staircase

"This story will keep you reading late into the night, but you'll want to leave the lights on. Stroud is a genius at inventing an utterly believable world which is very much like ours, but so creepily different. Put The Screaming Staircase on your 'need to read' list!" -Rick Riordan

"A pleasure from tip to tail, this is the book you hand the advanced readers that claim they'd rather read Paradise Lost than Harry Potter. Smart as a whip, funny, witty, and honestly frightening at times, Stroud lets loose and gives readers exactly what they want. Ghosts, kids on their own without adult supervision, and loads of delicious cookies." -Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

"Stroud shows his customary flair for blending deadpan humor with thrilling action, and the fiery interplay among the three agents of Lockwood & Co. invigorates the story (along with no shortage of creepy moments)." -Publishers Weekly

"A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls." -Kirkus Reviews

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on September 16, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 142316492X
ISBN-13: 9781423164920
14 Book Reviews
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  • tris902
    tris902Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:07 am55 stars
    This book is vaery suspinsfle and misssteryis in some way.
    • dogonew1324
      dogonew1324Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm
      • memila123
        memila123Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm55 stars
        the book is awesome i read it all.
        • codyjrz
          codyjrzWednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm
          I have not yet read this book but it indeed looks very interesting. I'm looking foreword to reading this book. I've played a game called mystery case files 13th skull and this really caught my eye because it reminded me so much of that I couldn't resist checking it out. You will here from me eventually about how this book turned out to me. Please look for more of my reviews and follow me!!
          • shaniyawoods
            shaniyawoodsWednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:00 am
            this book is very good
            • emmarelTuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm
              I think it is awesome
              • bdickinson6754
                bdickinson6754Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:43 am55 stars
                ok ive seen the series so wow way to put this on here
                • bdickinson6754
                  bdickinson6754Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:41 am55 stars
                  • polo
                    poloTuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:51 am
                    it look like a really good book
                    • DR.GTuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:47 am
                      looks cool i will try it out