Waiting on Wednesday--The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud

I count Jonathan Stroud as a favorite author, not because I love all the books he's ever written, but because he brought Bartimaeus into the world.   Bartimaeus is a demon, who first appeared in the trilogy that begins with The Amulet of Samarkand.   Those books were a tad to dark for me--I kept hoping that a certain central character would become more sympathetic, and was somewhat disappointed.  But then Stroud went back and gave Bartimaeus his very own book--The Ring of Soloman--a book I love (here's my review).   (Heroes of the Valley, an unrelated book, I never managed to finish...).

Stroud has started a new series--Lockwood and Co.--whose first book, The Screaming Staircase, comes out from Random House at the end of August.  Even though there's no Bartimaeus, it sounds great:

"A Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, and spirits are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see - and, hopefully, eradicate - the supernatural enemies. 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 teams up with Anthony, the 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 wise-cracking colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of one of the most haunted houses in England: Combe Carey Hall. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day? How did the Problem originate, and how can it be solved?"

(I especially like that it is about a Problem with a capital P). 

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. I really like Jonathan Stroud too. This sounds great. Great choice for Waiting on Wednesday.

  2. Looking forward to this one also!


  3. Bartimaeus, i sure loved that series what a fun character. I'll have to look into this new book by Johnathen Stroud too.


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