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Jonathan Stroud - Author

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud was our Guest Editor in November 2010. Click here to see his selection of titles.

Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He studied at York university. He has a strong background in children's books - working at Walker, in their Game Book and Non-Fiction departments and Kingfisher Publications, editing children's non-fiction. He has written and edited a number of game books and non-fiction titles for Walker Books. Jonathan lives in St. Albans with his wife.

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Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave

Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud, read by Emily Bevan. Want to hear a ghost story? That's good. I know a few . . .After their recent adventures, the Lockwood & Co team deserve a well-earned break . . . so naturally they decide to risk their lives breaking into a heavily-guarded crypt. A building full of unsettled souls, it's also the final resting place of Marissa Fittes, the legendary and (supposedly) long-dead ghost hunter - though the team have their suspicions about just how dead she might be. What they discover changes everything.Pitched into a desperate race to get to the truth behind the country's ghost epidemic, the team ignite a final, epic battle against the Fittes agency. A battle that will force them to journey to the Other Side, and face the most terrifying enemy they have ever known. Can everyone make it out alive?Join Lucy, Lockwood, George and Holly for one last time as they battle ghosts and humans for truth and justice in this breathtaking finale to the bestselling series.'Stroud is a genius' Rick Riordan

Lockwood & Co., Book Five The Empty Grave

Lockwood & Co., Book Five The Empty Grave

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2017

Five months after the events in THE CREEPING SHADOW, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it? This is just one of the many questions to be answered in Book 5 of the Lockwood & Co. series. Will Lockwood ever reveal more about his family's past to Lucy? Will their trip to the Other Side leave Lucy and Lockwood forever changed? Will Penelope Fittes succeed in shutting down their agency forever? The young agents must survive attacks from foes both spectral and human before they can take on their greatest enemy in a climactic and chaotic battle. And to prevail they will have to rely on help from some surprising--and shadowy--allies. Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists, and frights. The revelations will send readers back to Book 1 to start the series all over again.

Lockwood & Co. The Creeping Shadow

Lockwood & Co. The Creeping Shadow

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2016

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them--and only them--to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . .

Lockwood & Co: The Dagger in the Desk

Lockwood & Co: The Dagger in the Desk

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2015

A thrilling new case for London s most talented psychic detection agency from the global bestselling author of the Bartimaeus Sequence.In London, a mysterious and potentially deadly ghost is stalking the halls of St Simeon s Academy for Talented Youngsters. It lurks in the shadows, spreading fear and icy cold and it carries a sharp and very solid dagger . . .The headmaster wastes no time in enlisting the help of ghost-hunters Anthony Lockwood, Lucy Carlyle and George Cubbins. Can Lockwood & Co. survive the night and save the day?

Buried Fire

Buried Fire

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Two brothers, Michael and Stephen MacIntyre, together with their sister Sarah and the local vicar Tom Aubrey, uncover a deadly secret buried near their village. But time is short: can they prevent the awakening of an ancient evil before its powers corrupt them for ever?

szamarkandi amulett

szamarkandi amulett

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

Londonban a varazsloke a hatalom. Nathaniel meg csak keszul ra, hogy a kivalasztottak koze keruljon, s eli a varazsloinasok hetkoznapjait. Am elete hirtelen fordulatot vesz, amikor az egyik nagy hatalmu varazslo nyilvanosan megszegyeniti ot. A fiu bosszuvagytol hajtva idezi meg az otezer eves dzsinnt, Bartimaeust, es megparancsolja neki, hogy lopja el ellensege legfeltettebb kincset. Ezzel a tobb mint vakmero lepesevel a fiu a varazslok kozott dulo hatalmi harc kellos kozepen talalja magat, oldalan a csavaros eszu es pimasz dzsinnel.

Ptolemaiosz kapuja

Ptolemaiosz kapuja

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

Ketezer eve Bartimaeus meg ereje teljeben volt, es a nagy magust, Ptolemaioszt mondhatta baratjanak. Most azonban, kiteve ifju gazdaja, Nathaniel kenye-kedvenek, energiai elapadoban vannak. Idokozben egy alneven bujkalo ellenallo titkon a varazslasrol, a demonokrol folytat tanulmanyokat. Celja, hogy valamikepp vege szakadjon az emberek es a varazslok kozti orokos haboruskodasnak. A Bartimaeus sorozat harmadik kotete evezredeken repiti at az olvasot. Hoseink a magia tortenetenek legsotetebb osszeeskuvesevel talaljak szembe magukat, s ami a legrosszabb: egymassal is van elszamolnivalojuk

golem szeme

golem szeme

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

A varazslok uralta Londonban egyre szaporodnak a rejtelyes bunesetek, paratlan ereju magikus eszkozok tunnek el. Puccskiserlet huzodik a hatterben, vagy a magusokkal szembeni Ellenallas a felelos? Bartimaeusnak, a pimasz es talalekony dzsinnek es immar magas, allami hivatalt betolto megidezojenek - aki azonban meg mindig kamasz eveiben jar - olyan ugyeket kell felgongyolitenie, amelyek nem csupan atlathatatlanul bonyolultak, de roppant veszelyesek is

Salamon kiraly gyuruje

Salamon kiraly gyuruje

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

Ujra akcioban a pimasz es talalekony dzsinn, Bartimaeus, aki mar harom kotetnyi zajos esemenyen at engedelmeskedett fogcsikorgatva gazdajanak, s kozben probalt minel tobb borsot torni a varazslok orra ala. Am most nem a varazslok uralta Londonban, hanem az evezredekkel korabbi Jeruzsalemben latjuk ot viszont, ahol epp a bolcs es hatalmas Salamon kiraly uralkodik. Hozza indul Saba buszke kiralynojenek megbizasabol egy eszes, talpraesett lany, Asmira. A feladat amit kapott eletveszelyes, es nem csak az o szamara... Azt azonban almaban sem gondolna, mifele hajmereszto kalandokban lesz resze a szemfules es hetvenkedo Bartimaeus dzsinnel az oldalan.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase Book 1

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase Book 1

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

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 herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .

Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase

Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

You'll want to leave the lights on...Stroud is a genius . (Rick Riordan). 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 herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again...

Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel

Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 09/11/2010

It is 950 B.C.E., and King Solomon rules Jerusalem with a steely hand; a hand on which gleams a magic ring of immense and unforgiving power. Solomon has just begun work on his marvelous temple, charging Khaba, a formidable magician in his royal court, to oversee its construction. The workforce is an ill-behaved bunch of demons, a particularly unruly djinni named Bartimaeus among them. True to form, Bartimaeus promptly gets kicked off the temple project and assigned the even more miserable task of hunting bandits in the desert. There he crosses paths with Asmira, a highly skilled and loyal captain of the Queen of Sheba's guard, on a suicidal mission to save her country from Solomon's imminent attack. Of course, Bartimaeus has no intention of helping her. That is, until Asmira makes him an offer he cannot refuse. . . .A spellbinding addition to Jonathan Stroud's New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus audiobooks, The Ring of Solomon brims with dazzling wit, unforgettable characters, and powerful themes of freedom and slavery, with or without magical bonds.

Heroes of the Valley

Heroes of the Valley

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Listen then, and I'll tell you again of the Battle of the Rock. But none of your usual wriggling, or I'll stop before I've begun . . . Halli loves the old stories from when the valley was a wild and dangerous place - when the twelve legendary heroes stood together to defeat the ancient enemy, the bloodthirsty Trows. Halli longs for adventure but these days the most dangerous thing in the valley is boredom. He tries to liven things up by playing practical jokes. But when one of his jokes goes too far, he reawakens an old blood feud and finds himself on a hero's quest after all. Along the way he meets a ruthless thief, a murderous rival, and a girl who may just be as fearless as he is . . . Jonathan Stroud has created an epic saga with a funny, unique spin, and an unforgettable anti-hero.

The Ghost of Shadow Vale

The Ghost of Shadow Vale

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2009

Glam killed the monster of Shadow Vale-but he also died in the fight.Now Glam's ghost has come back and he's worse than the monster ever was...Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Heroes of the Valley

Heroes of the Valley

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 27/01/2009

YALSA Best Books for Young AdultsA thrilling and original adventure from the bestselling author of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.Halli Sveinsson has grown up a peaceful society where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council. But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others and when a practical joke goes too far, he sets in motion a chain ofevents that will forever alter his destiny. Part hero' s saga and part coming-of-age, HEROES OF THE VALLEY is a surprising look at what bravery really means.Praise for Jonathan Stroud:';Stroud is a masterful storyteller, balancing touching sentiment with humor,explosive action scenes with philosophical musings on human nature.'The Horn Book, starred reviewFrom the Compact Disc edition.

Heroes of the Valley

Heroes of the Valley

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2009

Listen then, and I'll tell you again of the Battle of the Rock. But none of your usual wriggling, or I'll stop before I've begun ...Halli loves the old stories from when the valley was a wild and dangerous place - when the twelve legendary heroes stood together to defeat the ancient enemy, the bloodthirsty Trows. Halli longs for adventure but these days the most dangerous thing in the valley is boredom. He tries to liven things up by playing practical jokes. But when one of his jokes goes too far, he reawakens an old blood feud and finds himself on a hero's quest after all. Along the way he meets a ruthless thief, a murderous rival, and a girl who may just be as fearless as he is. Jonathan Stroud has created an epic saga with a funny, unique spin, and an unforgettable anti-hero.

Heroes of the Valley

Heroes of the Valley

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2009

Listen then, and I'll tell you again of the Battle of the Rock. But none of your usual wriggling, or I'll stop before I've begun ...Halli loves the old stories from when the valley was a wild and dangerous place - when the twelve legendary heroes, led by his ancestor Svein, stood together to defeat the ancient enemy, the bloodthirsty Trows. Halli longs for adventure but it seems these days the most dangerous thing in the valley is boredom. He tries to liven things up by taunting his siblings and playing practical jokes. But when one of his jokes goes too far reawakening an old blood feud Halli finds himself on a hero's quest after all. Along the way he meets a ruthless thief, a murderous rival, and a girl who may just be as fearless as he is. Halli may be about to make his own last stand and discover the truth about the legends, about his family, and about himself...Jonathan Stroud has created an epic saga with a funny, unique spin, and an unforgettable anti-hero.

The Amulet Of Samarkand

The Amulet Of Samarkand

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/05/2007

When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Two: The Golem's Eye

Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Two: The Golem's Eye

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now fourteen, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he cant do it alone. With his career on the line, he reluctantly summons his only hope for successthe 5,000-year-old .The duo is reunited just in time: the Resistance is growing more audacious than ever. And to make matters worse, a seemingly invulnerable clay golem is wreaking destruction throughout London, sending the entire city into pandemonium. With time running out, the young magician and his uncontrollable djinni must find the source of the golems power, a task they quickly learn will involve much more than they ever anticipated.In the ensuing chaos, Nathaniel and Bartimaeus will be chased through the streets of Prague, hunt a dancing skeleton across Londons skyline, encounter the horror of the dreaded Night Police, and meet a surprising new ally. Together, these three will have to go heah-to-head with the fearsome golem before the mysterious identity of its master is finally revealed.

Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three: Ptolemy's Gate

Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three: Ptolemy's Gate

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an important member of the British government, he grapples with numerous problems: foreign wars are going badly, Britains enemies are mounting attacks close to London, and rebellion is growing among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is growing weak and vulnerable from too much time in this world, and his patience is nearing its end.Meanwhile, undercover in London, Nathaniels longtime rival Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeuss past. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say? In this glorious conclusion to the Bartimaeus Trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty converge once more. For the first time, we will learn the secrets of Bartimaeuss past, and catch a glimpse into the mysterious Other Placethe world of demonsas together, the threesome faces treacherous magicians, a complex conspiracy, and a rebellious faction of demons. To survive, they must test the limits of this world and question the deepest parts of themselves. And most difficult of allthey will have to learn to trust one another.

Ptolemy's Gate

Ptolemy's Gate

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisers, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is with an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people. Kitty seeks out Bartimaeus and embarks on a terrifying journey into the djinn's chaotic domain - the Other Place - which no human being has ever survived. But even as she does so, Makepeace engineers a dramatic coup d'etat. The outcome is a shattering of the magicians' control and all magical laws are turned upside down. Can Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty settle old scores if they are to survive and prevent the earth's destruction?

Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One: The Amulet of Samarkand

Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One: The Amulet of Samarkand

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Nathaniel is eleven years old and a magicians apprentice, learning the traditional arts of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells way beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelaces greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London spiced with magicians and mystery, The Amulet of Samarkand is an extraordinary, edge-of-your-seat thriller with many unexpected twists. Following Bartimaeus and Nathaniel in turn, the story introduces us to two wonderfully memorable charactersdestined to go through many adventures together and bound by a spell that is nearly impossible to break.

Viking Saga Of Harry Bristlebeard

Viking Saga Of Harry Bristlebeard

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Many years ago, Viking chief Magnus Ironjaw had a magical banner that brought him victory in battle. But the banner was stolen by a dragon. Readers can relive Bristlebeard's adventures as he tries to recover the banner, solving puzzles along the way.

Lost Treasure Of Captain Blood

Lost Treasure Of Captain Blood

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

This is a title in a series of books full of entertaining puzzles, activities and adventures. Join Mam Spamme and her crew aboard the Spotted Dog as they search for treasure and free the eponymous Captain and find the loot!

The Golem's Eye

The Golem's Eye

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2005

Two years have passed since the events of The Amulet of Samarkand and the young magician Nathaniel is rising fast through the government ranks. But his career is suddenly threatened by a series of terrifying crises. A dangerous golem makes random attacks on London and other raids, even more threatening, are perpetrated by the Resistance. Nathaniel and Bartimaeus travel to Prague, enemy city of ancient magic, but while they are there uproar breaks out at home and Nathaniel returns to find his reputation in tatters. Can he rescue it from his Machiavellian adversaries in the government bent on his destruction? This title is a thrilling sequel in which the relationship between the young magician and the djinni remains as teasing and complex as ever.

The Golem's Eye

The Golem's Eye

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2005

Two years have passed since the events of The Amulet of Samarkand and the young magician Nathaniel is rising fast through the government ranks. But his career is suddenly threatened by a series of terrifying crises. A dangerous golem makes random attacks on London and other raids, even more threatening, are perpetrated by the Resistance. Nathaniel and Bartimaeus travel to Prague, enemy city of ancient magic, but while they are there uproar breaks out at home and Nathaniel returns to find his reputation in tatters. Can he rescue it from his Machiavellian adversaries in the government bent on his destruction? A thrilling sequel in which the relationship between the young magician and the djinni remains as teasing and complex as ever.

The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2004

When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

The Last Siege

The Last Siege

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

When Emily, Simon and Marcus discover the deserted castle, it seems like an escape from the midwinter snows and their individual loneliness. But their occupation of the ruin quickly takes on a momentum of its own, and soon threatens their friendship, their freedom and their lives.

Buried Fire

Buried Fire

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

Two brothers, Michael and Stephen MacIntyre, together with their sister Sarah and the local vicar Tom Aubrey, uncover a deadly secret buried near their village. But time is short: can they prevent the awakening of an ancient evil before its powers corrupt them for ever?

The Leap

The Leap

Author: Jonathan Stroud Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2001

Everyone says that Max is drowned, but Charlie thinks differently: she was in the mill-pool with him, and knows exactly what she saw. When she begins to see him in her dreams, her hopes are raised. It seems the reunion she craves is possible. But where exactly is Max leading her? And will she be able to return?

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