The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase

Book - 2013
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Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
Publisher: New York : Disney-Hyperion Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423164913
Branch Call Number: FICTION Str
Description: 390 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

One could also easily toss off simple comparisons to Ghostbusters or Scooby Doo, but to do so would ignore the book's dry humor and truly chilling moments.

A trio of teen ghost hunters offer to solve a murderous mystery, but failure may turn them into the next ghosts needing to be exterminated.

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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 hers... Read More »

Lucy Carlyle and Anthony Lockwood have been offered a chance to solve the mystery of The Screaming Staircase. If they succeed, it will get their ghost detecting agency out of serious debt. If they fail, they will lose everything ... including their lives.

The Problem started in England decades a... Read More »

When England encounters a paranormal problem, three members of a psychic detection agency, Lockwood and Company, try to clean the "most haunted house in England" that has taken the lives of multiple ghost hunters in the past.

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Dec 04, 2019

What a fun book! Great cast of characters!! I loved them all. What could be better than kids on their own without adult supervision ... and loads of doughnuts? The balance of humor/storyline/action was perfect! I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Dec 13, 2018

I love it< it was entertaining

Nov 20, 2018

A solid start to a new series. I will read more of these books.

Mar 17, 2018


OPL_KrisC Jan 31, 2018

I love creepy books and The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is no exception. I think it's interesting how kids of a certain age are the ones that have the power to help with London's ghost problem and I love the character of Lucy Carlyle. I don't think I could handle some of the ghosts and situations that Lucy has to b/c I'm a total chicken. I've read this whole series and the books totally get creepier as they go.

caravan May 12, 2017

A real enjoyable read. It was scary, funny, and adventurous.

Apr 17, 2017

A new and scary Nancy Drew mystery. As an adult, it did not really seem scary at all but I think that would be different for a young adolescent. The characters were unique and well developed. I enjoyed the read but found it easy to put down between chapters and then pick up again. This could be a good thing for busy middle schoolers.

Mar 18, 2017

I loved this book it was a mix of really creepy and funny

An excellent book about young, sarcastic British ghost hunters. I'm reminded of Doctor Who (Anthony Lockwood could almost be a young David Tennant), but Stroud has still created something original that is not too creepy* but certainly suspenseful, with excellent characters, a nice dose of humor, and an absorbing plot. While there are hints of a probable future romance, it is not dwelt on, which I appreciate given what is considered romance in fiction these days. If I remember correctly, there was some mild language, but not enough to spoil the story for me. I'm not a fan of paranormal fiction generally in the sense of ghosts and hauntings, preferring the genre of medieval adventures (such as the Redwall series, the Chronicles of Narnia, or The Lord of the Rings), but in my opinion, this book and the two sequels I have read so far are entertaining, enjoyable, and worth the read.

*my personal opinion, not an all-ages recommendation

Jun 20, 2016

I am a big fan of the paranormal and other unsolved mysteries. This book fed that appetite and has left me wanting more. Looking forward to the second book in this series.

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Aug 04, 2016

"May I present to you once again our host and patron, Mr. john William Faifax - Chairman of Fairfax Iron and noted industrialist, onetime actor and, of course, the murderer of Annie Ward."

Vanshika Makkar
May 24, 2016

No I just think you are deluded

JCLChrisK Feb 27, 2014

Just because, a sample of Stroud's fluent, eloquent writing:

"The caretaker was certainly very ancient, a tight and desiccated thing from which all softness and moisture had long since been extracted. Where Mr. Fairfax had been bullishly vigorous despite his age and infirmity, this man was more like the ash tree by the house: gnarled and twisted, but holding tenaciously to life. He had a shock of gray-white hair, and a narrow face that disintegrated, as he drew near, into a web of lines, a limestone surface with bumps and fissures. His clothes carried an air of somber correctness: he was dressed in an old-fashioned tail coat of dark black velvet, from the sleeves of which gray, liver-spotted fingers protruded. His striped pants were incredibly thin, his shoes as long and pointed as his nose."


“Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in messing them all up.”


“In fact, it wasn’t at all an ugly hallway; in bright sunlight it might have looked quite pleasant. But not so much now, with the last light from the door panes stretching out like skewed coffins on the floor in front of us; and with our shadows neatly framed inside them..”


"With his glasses off, his eyes looked small and weak – blinky and a bit baffled, like an unintelligent sheep that’s taken a wrong turn. But when he put them on again, they went all sharp and steely, more like the eyes of an eagle that eats dumb sheep for breakfast.”


“..George Cubbins, handsome as a freshly opened tub of margarine, as charismatic as a wet tea towel lying scrumpled on the floor.”


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Jun 21, 2019

Coarse Language: Very mild swearing

Aug 13, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few intense scenes and slightly scary scenes. I'm a young teen and I though they were fine but I wouldn't recommend it for anything younger than a 10-year-old

Aug 13, 2015

Coarse Language: D--n, d--ned, how the h---, what the h---, why the h---, and bloody were each used once


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Vanshika Makkar
May 20, 2016

A girl named Lucy works at a company, "Lockwood and C.O.", with co-workers Lockwood and George. They all work as ghost catcher. One night they encountered a ghost nameed Anne Ward. While catching her a fire begins in the house. The owners ask them to pay €60,000 for repair, but the company does not has that much money! Will they be babble to pay off the depth and find the truth about Anti Ward?


It all began with The Problem. One day, for no apparent reason, the dead started to walk amongst the living. Not just walk, but really wreak some serious havoc. Here are the facts of the matter. 1. If you see a ghost, run. 2. Don’t let a ghost touch you, or you’re dead. 3. Only kids can see ghosts. What are we to make of these facts? Well, it’s no surprise when ghost-busting operations hiring children start cropping up. Enter Lockwood & Company. Run by the charming Anthony Lockwood alongside his two compatriots Lucy and George the ramshackle operation is barely scraping by. Enter a job that goes particularly wrong when the kids accidentally burn down their employers’ home, and it would take a miracle to save the agency. Fortunately, a miracle shows up in the form of a very rich and powerful man. He’s hiring the three to take on the most haunted house in all of Britain. The catch? No one’s ever gotten out of it alive. Will our intrepid heroes take on the job, or is there more at work here than meets the eye?

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