The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co)

Book 1 of 5 in the Lockwood & Co. Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.192073
A sinister Problem has occurred 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?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on September 17, 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 1423164911
ISBN-13: 9781423164913
48 Book Reviews
  • fishalmost 6 years
    It got me into reading scary books. Very, very, very good book. If you haven't read the book......READ IT!!!! Also, read the rest of the books too ;P.
    • penneyabout 6 years
      omg i want to read this sooooo bad
      • strawberry1234
        strawberry1234about 6 years55 stars
      • sr05885
        sr05885about 6 years55 stars
        I loved this story.It was super intriguing and it kept me on the tip of my toes.It was a bit scary sometimes but it was great!It had a lot of mystery which I really enjoy in stories!
        • memoiloveit
          memoiloveitover 6 years44 stars
          At first I thought this book was going to be boring because I'm not that interested in made up things, but it was really good. Packed with adventure, thrill, and mystery, this book eventually turns out great.
          • zorba
            zorbaover 6 years33 stars
            This is the first book in the four book Lockwood & Co. series by Johathan Stroud. It is about a girl named Lucy who is a very good young agent that ends up joining the smallest agency in the city. One case doesn't turn out well and to fix it she has to stay in a terrifying haunted house full of ghosts and survive the long night.
            • readspeedster
              readspeedsterover 6 years55 stars
              this book has a mystery, action, and some surprises that might creep you out. Also this book has different kinds of ghost and some of them are bad
              • jsmyth
                jsmythover 6 years44 stars
                I love how it is about ghost hunting and takes place in England. I find it interesting how the ghost hunters are around 10 to 16 year old kids and I also really love how it uses real ghost repellent theories, such as salt, iron, and silver. I like how we see through the main character’s eyes and see what it’s like to ghost hunt, not to mention the main character does make mistakes and is not a perfect person. I find it useful that there is a glossary at the back explaining the types of ghost and what repellent does what. I do not think this is a good book for the easily scared, but it might be a mildly scary book for an RL Stein horror reader. However during the Red Room part, it gets a little bit gory, like blood dripping and all that. I find it more lifelike since they have real life predicaments, such as not getting enough business, being in debt, rivalry with other businesses, and trying to gain client’s trust. I really like how the main characters interact like normal friends and have semi-normal arguments [I can’t really say they have normal arguments, since they are ghost hunters!]. My favorite character is Lockwood, because I love his personality; that is why I love the Skullduggery series, Skullduggery has a similar personality. I am not a romance kind of person, so I am happy to say that there is no romance, well, except for the ghost and the other guy… I think this book is alright for 12 and up readers.
                • waterlily1255
                  waterlily1255over 6 years33 stars
                  A mystery is great!! I love them, but a ghost tale mystery isn't so great!! If this book was the slightest bit different it would be great!
                  • goofy127
                    goofy127over 6 years55 stars
                    Around fifty years ago, the Problem occurred in London. Ghosts and other paranormals have appeared in England with the horrifying ability to torture and kill you. And yet the only people able to sense them and act are children and teens. Say goodbye to being a child and hello to growing up fast. A number of Psychic Agencies have appeared over the last few decades, dedicated to ridding people of the Problem. Lucy, a strong, willful and talented agent comes to London in search of a better job and a better future. But she is denied and instead finds herself accepting a job in the tiniest, most ramshackle agency there is. When their cases go horribly wrong and they run incredibly low on money, they are faced with one chance to redeem themselves: spend a night in the most haunted house in England and come out alive after ridding it of ghosts. And perhaps, for more publicity and the sake of doing good - figure out the reason behind a hidden dead body and the secret of the mansion. This is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read. Although it seems like a horror story, it is written in a way that is scary, suspenseful, witty, but light enough not to give you nightmares. One of the reasons I like it so much is because it is a good all-around story, it has the themes of family, friendship and comradery. It’s also got the touch of medieval English culture. I would recommend this book to everybody - it’s that great.