First off I am a huge fan of Jonathan Stroud and have read all of his books. This is the start of his newest series and I really loved it. The Screaming Staircase is a wonderfully creepy, spooky, mystery with a well timed sharp wit that had me cracking up through the story. Ghosts are plaguing Britain and only children and teens can hear and see them. Using iron, salt and quick thinking young Lucy and Lockwood get tangled in a complex mystery full of twists and turns. This would make a fantastic read aloud!