The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

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When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

 

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

What a wonderful ghost story for children and young adult!  I was impressed with Jonathan Stroud’s writing having not read anything by him before this book.  The cover art is also fantastic!  For a little over 50 years, the country has been over ran with an epidemic of….ghosts!  Due to the increasing number of these “things”, Psychic Investigation Agencies have been popping up everywhere to try and destroy these apparitions.  A little gal named Lucy arrives in London hoping to find a great career for herself, only to realize she has a special gift and ends up joining one of these agencies ran by the other main character, Lockwood.  Not all of their investigations go smoothly and some have gone horrbly wrong.  With on last chance to prove they can tackle these spirits the two ghost hunters are put to the test in one of the most haunted houses in England.

The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humor and truly terrifying ghosts, but not too terrifying for young readers.  Absolutely recommended to anyone who loves a unique, dark, fun horror story (which like I said doesn’t get to scary) but does give you enough chilly moments with an intriguing story line to savor and enjoy.  Keep an eye out, Jonathan Stroud is going to be my next Featured Author of the Month!

 

 

 

 

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