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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
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  • goofy127
    goofy127Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:33 am55 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.
    • awesomeguy2000
      awesomeguy2000Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm22 stars
      My personal rating is a 2 star because horror books aren't exactly my kind, and it was kind of boring. Though, its very mysterious and interesting, so this book was okay. Its about a city which is being visited by unfriendly guests-ghosts, monster and other things which they have to stop the monsters from invading.
      • ravenclaw101
        ravenclaw101Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 12:53 pm55 stars
        This is really creepy, but really cool
        • sgand1
          sgand1Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 8:03 am55 stars
          I earned this book off of Dogo Books and have been in love with it ever since! If you're someone who enjoys a nice creepy book, this book is definitely for you! It's full of suspense and is absolutely terrifying at some points in the book.
          • sushi321
            sushi321Monday, May 30, 2016 at 6:25 am44 stars
            I got this book last year in the Summer Reading Program. It was an enjoyable mystery-creepy book. It kept me hooked till the last page. I recommend it!!!
            • swirlycool
              swirlycoolSunday, May 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm55 stars
              THIS. BOOK. IS. SO. AWESOME!!! I recommend this book. I love it so much! Also, I'm happy this story took place in London. I love London! My aunt was born in London. I hope you like the book! My sister took a picture of my reaction when I got the book hehe :)
              • inventor60
                inventor60Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm
                Kids are the only ones who can see those ghosts.... They aren't friendly..... And that is how it all begins. A group is formed with a difficult task of defeating those monsters.
                • 5680saf
                  5680safWednesday, May 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm55 stars
                  The screaming staircase is about a girl named Lucy. It is set in London, and all around there are ghosts with bad intentions, but only kids can see them! It starts out with a ghost in a house and after they catch the ghost, the story goes back to when Lucy was young and when she started to work at Lockwood. I love this book! It is really good!
                  • bookworm890
                    bookworm890Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm
                    After London is overcome by ghosts, Lucy Carlyle and Anthony Lockwood hunt them down. Only children are capable of detecting ghosts in this parallel city. Taking on the most haunted house in London may be their biggest challenge yet.
                    • 5680saf
                      5680safSaturday, September 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm55 stars
                      In old England, there was a problem. There were ghosts everywhere! And even scarier, they can torch-er you! Only kids can see these ghosts, and this is story of one of the ghost catching businesses.

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