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The Whispering Skull

(2014)
(The second book in the Lockwood & Co series)
A novel by

 
 

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.

Praise for The Screaming Staircase

"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

"A pleasure from tip to tail, this is the book you hand the advanced readers that claim they'd rather read Paradise Lost than Harry Potter. Smart as a whip, funny, witty, and honestly frightening at times, Stroud lets loose and gives readers exactly what they want. Ghosts, kids on their own without adult supervision, and loads of delicious cookies." -Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

"Stroud shows his customary flair for blending deadpan humor with thrilling action, and the fiery interplay among the three agents of Lockwood & Co. invigorates the story (along with no shortage of creepy moments)." -Publishers Weekly

"A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls." -Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Used availability for Jonathan Stroud's The Whispering Skull

Hardback Editions

1800 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull: Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 0-85753-265-0 / 978-0-85753-265-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
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September 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. (2))
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 1-4231-6492-X / 978-1-4231-6492-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. (2))
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 1-4231-9462-4 / 978-1-4231-9462-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull: Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 0-552-56805-8 / 978-0-552-56805-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lockwood Co the Whispering Skull
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 0-552-56806-6 / 978-0-552-56806-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull: Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 0-85753-266-9 / 978-0-85753-266-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lockwood & Co., Book 2: The Whispering Skull
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
ISBN: 0-8041-2318-7 / 978-0-8041-2318-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull: Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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September 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull: Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Whispering Skull: Lockwood & Co., Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   


September 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Whispering Skull: Lockwood & Co., Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. Book 2)
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull: Book 2
Author(s): Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: RHCP Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU