The Screaming StaircaseeBook - 2013
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Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. This is followed by The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy, The Creeping Shadow and The Empty Grave.
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 a... Read More »
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 ... Read More »
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OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
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"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."
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.”
SummaryAdd a Summary
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?
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