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Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece.
Jonathan Stroud is a gifted author, and he is on very fine form with these supernatural adventure stories. Set in a Britain where wandering ghosts offer a constant threat, especially after dark, it stars three teenagers, the staff of a Psychic Investigation Agency adept at seeing off the dead. Here they are recruited to track down a stolen artefact that seems to offer phenomenal power to its owner, along with the risk of unpleasant death. Stroud skilfully keeps the tension high from beginning to end and this a really thrilling read. ~ Andrea Reece
Ghosts and ghouls beware! London's smallest, shabbiest and most talented psychic detection agency is back. Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood & Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case. Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong - a terrible phantom is unleashed, and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin. Lockwood & Co must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it's a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that's not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again...
The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus sequence delivers another humorous and chilling instalment in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & CO. series.
Stroud is a genius Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series
Stroud delivers another riveting narrative Booklist
Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead Kirkus
As in the first volume there are plenty of heart-stopping moments and a generous dollop of gore, but nothing most teens and confident readers can't handle: in fact, the problem will be to persuade them to put the book down. In short, it's both gross and engrossing! The Bookbag
The Whispering Skull frees Stroud to let his flair for spectacle run riot, resulting in several deftly constructed set-pieces far more akin to true horror than the ghost house antics of the first book. Starburst As in the first instalment, Stroud manages to perfectly balance grisly encounters with gleefully sarcastic humour. Independent Children's blog
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
|Publication date:||26th February 2015|
|Publisher:||Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Jonathan Stroud