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The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  17,881 Ratings  ·  2,855 Reviews
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds hersel
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Doubleday Children’s Books
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George I'm pushing 70. I liked it. I don't much care that it's going back to the "j" section of the library.
Sarah Irwin In the version I read there were not any. However at the back there are about three pages of definitions for the types of ghosts and things like that

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Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My YA recommendation of the month -- which is not really fair since I read the ARC and it doesn't come out until September -- is Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase. You may be familiar with Stroud's earlier series about the genie Bartimaeus, and like Bartimaeus, Lockwood & Co. offers us an alternate modern England -- a brilliantly rendered world in which "the Problem" has inexplicably caused ghosts to run rampant and disrupt the lives of mortals. In this new realit ...more
Hannah Greendale
Lucy Carlyle has two special Talents: she can hear the voices of the dead and she can experience memories of the dead by touching belongings they once owned. Normally she puts her Talent to use for an organization that investigates paranormal phenomena, but when a tragic incident leaves her jobless, she wanders into the office of Lockwood & Co. hoping to find work. There she teams up with Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins to tackle solving the mystery behind one of the most notoriously hau ...more
Sana  Khalid °¤°
This is a reread bc i'm fucking trash and now want to read this again even though I just finished reading omg. Guys, this series is so special to me and I just love it so much. I still remember 11 year old me checking this book out of the library when a friend recommended it to me. It's one of those books that really got me into reading and made me fall in love with the characters, plot and literally just everything.

I'm incapable of writing a review. This book is just perfection and I literally
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Edit 03/25 : Reread with my teacher glasses... Well now, this is a success :) Let's see what the kids think now!

Why an experiment? To be honest, I wasn't accustomed to discriminating Middle-Grade and Young Adult novels back when I read in French. WHY? This would be because they're similarly advertised (when in hardbacks) - and don't get me started about the New Adult ones which are blended with them : frankly, I applause all the parents who're trying to make some sense of the way books are sold
Faye, la Patata

Man, this book was awesome and impressive. To be honest, although there are a lot of good MG stuff out there, I'm still a bit wary of this demographic because there is a fair amount of books out there in this category that is absolutely juvenile. But The Screaming Staircase screamed unique, it screamed different, it screamed FANTASTIQUE! in big, bold letters. There is so much to love in this book: the endearing, well-polished characters; the enchanting, well-written narration; and the hypnotic,
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
I mostly requested this because I'd heard good things about it, and boy am I glad I did. This book is awesome!

I think that this is a children's book (middle grade maybe?) but don't let that put you off. This book is ridiculously well written, reading with the flair and complexity of only the best books (ever) and I freaking loved it.

This book is creepy and a little bit scary, set in a terrifying alternate world where ghosts have taken over the night and have the power to kill. When only the youn
Oct 09, 2014 Madeline rated it really liked it
I can't believe I almost forgot about Jonathan Stroud. His Bartimaeus trilogy was one of my favorites when I was in middle school/high school, but I never thought I would find another one of his books, because for some reason I believed that he hadn't written anything else after that series. It was pure chance that I learned about this book at all - I can't remember which of my Goodreads friends put this on their to-read list, but someone did, and I happened to be looking at my feed at the exact ...more
Darth J
Oct 01, 2014 Darth J rated it really liked it
Recommended to Darth J by: Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
3.75 stars

*Please note that an Amazon seller sent me an uncorrected ARC of this instead of the hardcover I actually ordered so the book I read may be different than the final product.*

Initially I liked the concept of this book: young, psychic ghost-hunting sleuths who use an array of gadgets to solve mysteries in haunted houses. The problem is that the writing is sometimes too dry to keep your attention. Though the dialogue is realistic for the characters, not the overly snarky way adults writer
Aug 28, 2013 Tiff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, ghosts
I have two confessions...

1) I have NEVER read a Jonathan Stroud book before. I am aware this is a shocking error and shall have to be rectified before I end up in library purgatory.

2) I am a complete scaredy cat and do not read ghost stories.

So, when I received a review copy of Lockwood I was...unsure to say the least, but I thought give it a go - expand your reading horizons, and I am SO glad I did.

Ghosts are real. The Problem is widespread with many reports of Visitors and fatal cases of ghost
I’m sick of historical fiction. I’m sick of contemporary fiction. I’m sick of realism and science fiction. Fantasy I watch with a wary eye. I don’t always feel this way but when I’ve read seven depressing meaningful middle grade books for kids in a row the old noggin screams for something enjoyable for once. And to place into this mental desert a book like The Screaming Staircase ... well, it’s the best possible cure for what ails ye. A pleasure from tip to tail, this is the book you hand the ad ...more
There are five things I can say that'll make you want to read this book -

1. It's BRILLIANTLY written by (the always awesome) Jonathan Stroud.
2. It's a deliciously eerie spookfest, just in time for Halloween.
3. Main characters don't fall in love with each other.
4. Speaking of - BEST. CHARACTERS. EVER!
5. It has a sequel (Eep!)
Oct 05, 2013 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction
Recommended to Werner by: Fellow Goodreader Cora Linn (in her review)
Because of their line of work, the owners of Hearthside Books in Bluefield, WV are frequently favored by publishers with advance review copies of forthcoming books. Last month, they offered some of these free, for a limited time, to their customers; and this was the one I snapped up, intrigued by a glowing review from another member of the Book Review Exchange group. (She didn't steer me wrong!) The nearly month-long time it took me to read this isn't really indicative; it's a brisk-paced tale w ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 15, 2013 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
After seeing so many glowing reviews for this and the simple fact that it is all about ghost hunting, there was no way I could pass this up. I almost never resist a good ghost story.

Even though set in modern day London (or at least I think that is the setting since it never gives a year), I couldn't help but love the old world style to it. An almost Sherlock Holmes feel to it if you will.

I loved this from the very first page and while there was a lot of info dumping (to be expected of course) it
Feb 19, 2017 Pragya marked it as on-hold
Recommended to Pragya by: Sana Khalid °¤°
Storytime: I finally braved the way to my library, and this was one of the only SEVEN books they had in the YA section (isn't this middle grade??) that I recognised, so here I am. Lesson learnt, never go to the library again. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE THE SEQUEL FOR THIS SMH!?

BR with Sunny bc she's trash \_(ツ)_/
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

This was a really cool story idea and a fun read. I'm a huge fan of classic horror, particularly really creepy ghost stories. While this is a modern published book, it has a favorably classic vibe. The ghosts in this book are portrayed in the most harmful of ways. They aren't just shades who have forgotten they are dead and harmlessly roam the world of the living. Instead, they have great potential for injuring and even killing humans. As a result of the "Problem", a huge rash of ghost h
Stacey (prettybooks)
I just love ghost stories, don't you? I don't often read horror, but as I said in last year's Books for Halloween post: I’ve never really done ‘scary’. I’m all about creepy, spooky and eerie. And Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase is the perfect horror/mystery/fantasy novel for me. Its ghosts create a tense, eerie atmosphere because they are really quite chilling. But it's not all about the ghosts – The Screaming Staircase has three brilliant teenage characters too: Lucy Carlyle, Anthony ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Amelie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
3,5 Sterne

Es ist mir wirklich schwer gefallen, dieses Buch zu bewerten. Die Idee ist frisch, die Charaktere sympathisch, mich hat wirklich nichts genervt oder vor den Kopf gestoßen oder meine Menschenbild in Zweifel gezogen. Lockwood ist eine solide Geschichte gewesen. Mehr allerdings auch nicht.

Vielleicht hat ein Teil dieses ernüchterten Gefühls, mit dem ich aus dem Buch gehe, damit zu tun, dass es einen ziemlichen Hype darum gegeben hat und noch viel mehr damit, dass ich geglaubt hatte, ich wü
Lina Lovegood
Aug 17, 2016 Lina Lovegood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fand ich richtig cool, das war mal ganz was anderes. Auch wenn es eher für jüngere Leser gemacht ist fand ich es sehr spannend und an manchen Stellen auch ein klein wenig gruselig.
✍Neyla Kunta ✍
So, ich hab gehört ihr schenkt mir zu meinem baldigen Geburtstag die nächsten zwei Teile? Ach das wäre doch nicht nötig gewesen! Danke :))) - Nein. Ohne Scheiß. Her damit.
Richard Denney
Dec 05, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


*I finished this yesterday but forgot to update it on Goodreads, so it took me 2 days to read this 400 paged book, which has never happened before. I think that is awesome for me.

I really enjoyed this one even though it was a tad predictable. I have a thing for the supernatural and ghosts are my favorite supernatural entity. So if you love the supernatural/paranormal you'll really like this one in my opinion. This reminded me of my favorite author John Bellairs in the way the plot was
Lockwood & Co, voor mij een mix tussen Supernatural, Sherlock en Ghostbusters. De Schreeuwende Wenteltrap is het eerste deel in deze griezelige serie! Lees hier mijn recensie:
Madeleine - Tei
May 11, 2013 Madeleine - Tei marked it as to-read
Sounds like it might be a book written in a very Bartimaeus style voice... I miss that guy, okay?! Who's gunna blame me? That guy was a chick MAGNET.

I miss him :(

Jan 25, 2016 Nanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 solid stars!

This was a very enjoyable read. It was hilarious and extremely interesting. I'm not a big reader of "ghost" stories and the supernatural in that sense, idk how this holds up to other ghost stories, but I loved this world.

So the story revolves around a world where Ghost are a common day thing. They haunt places and they're much more dangerous that our common day ghost. There's a curfew for humans to be inside after dark because being around these ghost can be deadly—if they touch
Wilja van Book
Nov 23, 2015 Wilja van Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghostbusters und die ??? meets Sherlock Holmes.
Spannendes, gut geschriebenes Buch mit toller gruseliger atmosphäre und der gewissen Prise Humor.

The Screaming Staircase is a young adult novel that works because of the dynamic between the main characters. It is the second novel featuring ghosts and other spirits that I have read in the past week, and it may not be the last that I read for this month, considering that Joseph Delaney's The Ghost Prison is awaiting a pick-up from the library. I mention this trivial detail because it provides the perfect frame as to how it compares to another excellent novel which used spooky themes as part o
Rachel Hartman
Sep 11, 2014 Rachel Hartman rated it it was amazing
It is extremely rare that I will rate a book I haven't read myself, but in this case I feel the five stars are completely deserved, whatever this book's actual contents may be. You see, I have a picky reader at home. He loves non-fiction, but it is super hard to find fiction he will read.

I know, I know. I write fiction. I feel like the shoemaker whose children go barefoot.

In any case, I picked this up (on the excellent advice of Miss Print), and by golly my son could not put it down. I appreciat
S.J. Hollis
Straight to the point. I find books as good as Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase very difficult to review. Why? Because I’ve enjoyed them so much I find it tough to be critical. A good review, after all, is all about balance and objectivity. Well, stuff that. I loved this book to the point of obsession. While I was reading it, I didn’t want to do anything else. Sleep, work and toilet breaks became inconveniences, and other people only existed to be told how good this book was and why they ...more
Initial thoughts: This was so much fun to read! Child ghost busters fight scary ghosts with all sorts of iron, salt, and explosives. Full review to come...

The Review:
With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, it only feels appropriate to review a scary book – a ghost story. The Screaming Staircase is aimed at children from ages 8 and up however, the kid in all of us should enjoy the book.

The Screaming Staircase is the first book in Jonathan Stroud’s new series Lockwood & Co. I discov
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I thoroughly enjoyed this on reread, although I'm now a little uncertain about the fact that we have this in the middle grade section at work... OH WELL.

The characters feel pretty authentically teenaged - lots of rash decisions and laughing at inappropriate moments. The story is hella creepy at times. And I love the world and how we're thrown into the action before stepping back for some world-building and then jumping back into the action again.

Is it occasionally contrived and predict
Oct 17, 2016 Glory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Напряженный, очаровательный, атмосферный, динамичный молодежный... ммм... ужастик? Фэнтези, паранормал, что угодно, неважно.
История получилась действительно интересная и увлекательная, я даже не ожидала.
Лондон наводнен призраками, и единственные, кто может их видеть и уничтожать, - это малолетние охотники. Или не уничтожать, как повезет.
На самом деле Страуд придумал одно из самых удачных объяснений тому, что на сцене главенствуют дети, а взрослые остаются растерянными и безучастными зрителями
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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies
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Other Books in the Series

Lockwood & Co. (5 books)
  • The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co., #2)
  • The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3)
  • The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co., #4)
  • The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5)

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"No. I'm being ironic. Or is it sarcastic? I can never remember."
"Irony's cleverer, so you're probably being sarcastic.”
“When you go out hunting wicked spirits, it's the simple things that matter most. The silvered point of your rapier flashing in the dark; the iron filings scattered on the floor; the sealed canisters of best Greek Fire, ready as a last resort...

But tea bags, brown and fresh and plenty of them, and made (for preference) by Pitkin Brothers of Bond Street, are perhaps the simplest and best of all.

OK, they may not save your life like a sword-tip or an iron circle can, and they haven't the protective power of a sudden wall of fire. But they do provide something just as vital. They help keep you sane.”
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