Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase 
Jonathan Stroud

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 Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Watch this Book Trailer on The Streaming Staircase 

Read the first chapter of The Streaming Staircase    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.
Watch videos by Jonathan Stroud about The Streaming Straircase and the Lockwood Co.

Why is Lockwood & Co. set in London?

The Problem' in Lockwood & Co. 

My favorite scene in The Screaming Staircase

 Does mixing scary stuff and humor really work?

Lockwood & Co. - in one sentence!

Characters in Lockwood & Co.

About Lockwood & Co. - Book Two!

Jonathan Stroud answers fan question.

Other books in the Lockwood & Co. Series:

Listen and watch the first Chapter read by Jonathan Stroud

The Hollow Boy - #3

  • Download the first chapter (pdf )

The Creeping Shadow - #4

Join host Becky Anderson as she talks to author Jonathan Stroud about his book, "The Creeping Shadow," book four in the Lockwood & Co. series.
Click here for a sneak preview of the first chapter. Look out for the fifth Lockwood book, The Empty Grave, publishing in September 2017!

Click here overview of the author's other books.