Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud


There is a big “problem” in London.  All sorts of ghosts and other paranormals have invaded.  There is a curfew and many companies are making money selling iron products to repel the ghosts.  In addition, there are many companies that employ children, with their natural psychic, to fight and get rid of the “problem”.  Lockwood and Company is run by Anthony Lockwood who is himself a child.  The only other employees are George and Lucy.  After an unfortunate accident during a case Lockwood and Company are forced to undertake a suspicious and dangerous case in order to save not only their reputations but also their company. 

I really enjoyed this book.  It had good elements of mystery and creepy without being too over the top.  I figured out some of the mystery pretty early on but I don’t think the intended audience would catch on as early as I did.  Readers will enjoy Lockwood and Company taking on the ghosts without adult help and how the characters figure out and solve the mystery. 



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