Monday, October 21, 2013

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

With Halloween just around the corner, some readers are looking for that perfect YA read that is creepy, ghostly, thrilling, and will make them jump at things that go bump in the night. Rumor has it your perfect read is one of Disney Hyperion's newest releases,The Screaming Staircase, book #1 in the Lockwood & Co. series.

 I've been told this book even creeped out Rick Riorden! Here's what he had to say about the book:
"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 that is very much like ours, but so creepily different." 

About the Book
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.
Released on 9/17/13, this book is fitting for both MG and YA readers alike. You can purchase it from Amazon | Barnes & Noble, and add it to your Goodreads shelves

Check out this book trailer! It's a bit of a choose your own adventure:

Find out more about the book here. Don't miss my review that will be featured on the blog next week. 
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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