The Lockwood and Co. series is another favorite of mine. The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, is the first book in the series.
Lucy Carlyle is a young agent, one of the many children in London with psychic abilities. In Britain, a Problem has arisen. Ghosts everywhere have been rising, and people have been getting hurt and dying of ghost-touch. Lucy joins a small, independent agency: Lockwood and Co., that is completely run without any adult supervision whatsoever. Lockwood and Co. is led by the charming and charismatic Anthony Lockwood. George Cubbins is the researcher, and in Lucy’s opinion, is “as charismatic as a wet tea towel lying in a scrumpled heap on the floor”. But one night, brave Lucy, daring Lockwood, and sarcastic George make a grisly discovery. Will Lockwood and Co. have what it takes to save the day? Or will they make a dreadful mistake that could result in the end of the agency?
Lockwood and Co. is an amazing series filled to the brim with mischief, action, George’s gloriously sarcastic sense of humor, and of course, tea and biscuits. I would recommend this book to everyone ages 11 and up, because Jonathan Stroud likes to describe the more grisly things, ie. half-decayed bodies and the sometimes-deformed appearances of the ghosts, and it might not be the best book for elementary school kids to read. I will warn you now: DON’T READ THESE BOOKS BEFORE BED!!