Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave

Written by Jonathan Stroud

Part of the Lockwood & Co. Series

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LoveReading View on Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave

One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a nutshell: dicing with the dead has never been so thrilling

Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep the streets of a nearly-but-not contemporary London clear of malevolent spirits is thrilling stuff. Each episode offers a first-class helping of brilliantly-written, edge-of the-seat ghostly adventure packed with intrigue, humour and even a touch of romance. The Empty Grave brings the series to its conclusion and does so in style, with the fiercest test yet for our young heroes, and some uncomfortably close brushes with death. Readers who haven’t discovered this series yet are to be envied, they have such a treat in store! ~ Andrea Reece

Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave Synopsis

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: The Empty Grave Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in the Lockwood & Co Series, The Screaming Staircase. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jamie Bamford, age 11 - 'You can’t put down The Screaming Staircase.  You instantly feel part of it.  The characters’ fears are your fears; their happiness is your happiness; you see what they see.  Recommend for brave 9+.'
    Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Like Ghostbusters with an extra dimension, there’s action, twists, turns and mystery. The Screaming Staircase was impossible to put down.'
  • Kevin Goodall - 'With a puzzling murder story to solve they will have to use all of their brains to get out alive or die like the last team that went in did. I can't wait for the next book to come out.'
  • Poppy Milburn, age 10 - 'This book involves so much energy, excitement and fear. You actually feel that you are entering the book, feeling all the characters' emotions for yourself.'
  • Daisy Pritchard-Williams, age 11 - 'I highly recommend it to readers over 9 because for anyone younger it would be scary.'
  • Amelia Corrick-Gough, age 14 - 'This book kept me on the edge of my seat, and is all I can think about! I love this book! I can't say a bad word about it. In my opinion, this book is up there with the Harry Potter series.'
  • Cora Willans, age 9 - 'I would say this book should be read by confident readers only as it was a fairly scary book.'
  • Edward Bailey, age 10 - 'A cracking read! Jonathan has really outdone himself! It couldn't be better!'
  • Jenna Welch, age 10 - 'This hair-raising book chilled me to the bone but surprisingly contained a rather large amount of sarcastic humour.'
  • Callum Broomfield - 'I couldn’t put this book down and ended up reading it late into the night. The ideas were great and the book was well written with a good pace and strong, well-drawn characters and I would look forward to reading a second book by Jonathan Stroud.'
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 12 - 'Absolutely brilliant… but do not read on your own just before bedtime!'
  • Rose Hopkins - 'Lockwood & Co is funny and scary at the same time – the perfect mix. I love the ghost buster theme and it has a wonderful twist.'
  • Llew Harrison, age 8 - 'The action starts straight away and I was gripped until the very end. This is the spookiest book I have ever read but it is also very funny. So read if you dare!'

Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave Press Reviews

Praise for this series:

If you're in the market to have your pants scared off this Halloween, this atmospheric tale, finely balanced between horror and humour, will definitely do the trick ... There are few writers whose work I look forward to more. -- Imogen Russell Williams Middle Grade Strikes Back

Publication of a new Lockwood and Co. adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, most exciting storylines around. -- Andrea Reece LoveReading

Brilliant as ever. Spectator I enjoyed it so much, I hope there will be yet another book soon to follow in this fabulously told series. Amazed Earthling, with Guardian Children's Books

I love this series so much, the characters are funny ... the ghosts are awesome. An Awful Lot of Reading

This story will keep you reading late into the night, but you’ll want to leave the lights on. Stroud is a genius at inventing an utterly believable world which is very much like ours, but so creepily different. Put The Screaming Staircase on your “need to read” list Rick Riordan

Genuinely spooky and suspenseful, with appealing characters and great dialogue, and all shot through with Stroud’s dry wit Guardian

Plenty of humour alongside the chills Financial Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780552575799
Publication date: 21/09/2017
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552575799
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Horror / Ghost Stories
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Books of the Year, Hallowe'en

About Jonathan Stroud

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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