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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  • sgand1
    sgand1Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm55 stars
    This is a great book! It's awesome for those who like to be entertained in a spooky way (me!). Don't just keep reading the review, read the book! P.S: It's awesome to read this during Halloween at night. It'll get your adrenaline running!
    • sushi321
      sushi321Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm44 stars
      This book is really good and I really enjoyed the book! It is sorta a mix between creepy and mystery. Overall it was pretty interesting and kept me entertained.
      • iserb1234
        iserb1234Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:56 am55 stars
        I love this book so much an awesome boo for those who love scary storys. This company of ghost hunters run by kids under 16 and above 5 for they have special talents to see ghost. ever wonder why adults never see the ghost come and kids do, well now you know. When lucy cartile joins lockwood and co she goes on the case of a young girl murdered and never found. For some reason lucy car tile can here the ghost. As we follow the lead of the girl never found, another case comes up carey hall, one that no ones ever whent in and came back out, will lockwood, lucy and goerge service read the book to find out
        • jess1018
          jess1018Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:45 am55 stars
          This book was one of the best books I have read. I really liked the characters and how their relationships grew throughout the story. Lockwood really caught my interest because he behaved like Sherlock, but younger. The Screaming Staircase was the first book of this thrilling series,and yet I couldn't put it down! This book really sends chills down your spine but it has just enough of everything to be perfectly balanced. Not only that but there is a HUGE plot twist I didn't even see coming!!! Really, if you like thrilling mysteries or shows such as Sherlock, then I REALLY would read this book. 5 stars fr sure!
          • fluffyunicorn10
            fluffyunicorn10Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm
            This book was so creepy yet so amazing! I loved every second of it. I literally could not put it down. I stayed up late many days just trying to read further:D
            • gso44
              gso44Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm
              a problem has occurred in London. There are ghosts. But they aren't the friendly type. Only young people can see and eradicate the ghosts. 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. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?
              • kitkat1998
                kitkat1998Friday, July 17, 2015 at 9:23 am22 stars
                This story is interesting and the characters are unique, but the subject matter is not up my alley. The book was worth a read, but it is not something I would read again.
                • goofy127
                  goofy127Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm55 starsFeatured
                  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 camaraderie. It’s also got the touch of medieval English culture. I would recommend this book to everybody - it’s that great.
                  • goldfishes
                    goldfishesTuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm55 stars
                    It's London and there's a problem - ghosts and spirits have taken over the city! It's up to Lockwood and Co., a small detective agency, to figure out what's amiss. Overall, I though this was a very good read. Lucy, (Co.) is a very well rounded character. Throughout the story you delve deep into her life, backstory, and emotions. I thought this was a book that was captivating enough to hold my attention for the entire time.
                    • mechtech
                      mechtechWednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm55 stars
                      In London, only youth can see ghosts and other apparitions which at the time London is overrun with many ghost and poltergeists creating havoc. There are many ghost hunting services but one in particular stands out, Lockwood & Co, because they have no adult supervision. This book is about a young girl, Lucy, and her cases with other ghost hunters. It tells of her tragic past and how she joins Lockwood & Co, Where she meets Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins. They get a case that seems simple enough but turns into a fire and a murder investigation. They have to decode some letters and numerals to solve the case but at the same time they are shot a case about an extremely deadly house that consists of "The Screaming Staircase" and "The Red Room". While preparing and investigating this deadly case they find clues to who the murder of the young girl is. The deadly case is wrapped up and they find out that the one who hired them to the case was the murderer of the girl and was trying to dispose of Lockwood & Co. by covering up their deaths as a ghost attack. Then Lockwood & Co. get the publicity they needed to become a successful business as they get better and better cases.

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