Book Review: The Screaming Staircase

Book Review
Lockwood & Co. Book 1: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase

Jonathan Stroud

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When entering a house occupied by a Visitor, it’s always best to get in quick. That’s one of the first rules you learn. Never hesitate, never linger on the threshold. Why? Because, for those few seconds, it’s not too late.

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Quote of the Day – Withering-by-Sea

There was a picture of such a serpent in the margin. Stella studied it wistfully. It looked large enough to swallow an elephant, and had a hungry expression. A serpent of that size could easily swallow a person, an Aunt for example, as easily as kiss your hand. Several Aunts, probably. It looked sufficiently hungry.

–Withering-by-Sea, Judith Rossell

Quote of the Day – Withering-by-Sea

There was a picture of such a serpent in the margin. Stella studied it wistfully. It looked large enough to swallow an elephant, and had a hungry expression. A serpent of that size could easily swallow a person, an Aunt for example, as easily as kiss your hand. Several Aunts, probably. It looked sufficiently hungry.

–Withering-by-Sea, Judith Rossell

Book Review – Serafina and the Black Cloak

Beatty, Robert - Serafina and the Black Cloak Hidden beneath the high-society Vanderbilt family and their rich guests, Serafina and her pa secretly live in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. Staying out of sight is easy for Serafina, whose uncanny ability to slink through the shadows aids her job as self-appointed rat catcher. Tensions run high at the Biltmore Estate when children begin to disappear, but only Serafina has witnessed the cloaked criminal who lurks after dark.

More and more she wondered what it would be like to have some sort of secret friend who her pa didn’t know about, someone she could talk to about things, but she didn’t tend to meet too many children her age skulking through the basement in the dead of night.

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Book Review – The League of Beastly Dreadfuls

Grant, Holly - League of Beastly Dreadfuls Anastasia McCrumpet is as average as they come. Not at all like the flashy heroine in her favorite mystery series. But when she’s taken away by unknown relatives to an retired insane asylum, Anastasia will need to rely on all her detecting wisdom to find out why she’s there in the first place, or go mad trying to get to the bottom of it.

Anastasia’s day began with a funeral, and it went downhill from there.

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Quote of the Day – Serafina and the Black Cloak

The God’s-honest truth was that she didn’t even know what a friend was, other than what she’d read in books. If you meet someone face-to-face and they don’t hiss at you and bite you, does that mean you’re friends?

-Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty