The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. Series #2)

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. Series #2)

by Jonathan Stroud


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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

Praise for The Whispering Skull
*"An occult portal and its spectral guardian nearly cut short the careers of three rising young ghost hunters in this madcap sequel to The Screaming Staircase (2013). For all their internecine squabbling, the three protagonists make a redoubtable team-and their supporting cast, led by the sneering titular skull in a jar, adds color and complications aplenty. Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"Stroud writes with a fine ear for dialog, a wry sense of humor, and a knack for describing haunted places. Creating tension that ebbs and flows, he slowly builds the dramatic narrative to a resounding crescendo, and he makes the quieter scenes that follow just as compelling."
- Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423194620
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Series: Lockwood and Co. Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 43,566
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud ( is the author of two other books in the Lockwood & Co. series, the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus books, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.

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The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. Series #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I’m absolutely and utterly in love with the Lockwood & Co series. When I reviewed the first book, The Screaming Staircase, I had no choice but to give it a 5-star rating, considering it was easily one of the best books I’d ever read. The Whispering Skull, the sequel, is no different at all. The world Jonathan Stroud has created in his books is downright amazing. It’s an alternative version of London, one overshadowed by ghosts and other entities. In the sequel, Lucy, Anthony and George are back, and they’re still struggling with Visitors, quarrelling with Kipps, and trying hard to establish a reputation for themselves amongst the other, more reputable agencies. Fortunately they’re in a better position than in the first book – after solving The Screaming Staircase case, their reputation has vastly improved, and they get more job offers. Then a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor with a bad reputation. The trio shows up for the excavation, and all goes well – until George’s curiosity gets the better of him, and he takes a closer look at an object hidden inside the coffin. Afterwards, George acts strange, but neither Lockwood nor Lucy looks for anything behind it. That is, until they hear the contents of the coffin have been stolen by a thief – and the object inside the coffin is potentially more dangerous than anyone realizes. On top of that, the ghost jar starts acting up again. Lucy is the only one who can hears its whispers, but this time around, the jar seems to have an even more sinister message from the beyond. As inspector Barnes asks for the trio’s help to locate the stolen object, he also enlists Kipps and his team – and the challenge is on. But if they want to defeat the evil hidden inside the coffin, they may have to find a way to work together, or this might be the one job that’ll get them killed. Lucy, Lockwood and George are amazing. I loved their dynamics in the first book, and here, they’re spot on again. Lockwood is still as secretive as ever, but part of the veil covering his past, is lifted. We see him in a more positive daylight, not just some Indiana Jones-type who doesn’t care much for his companions. Lucy is a lucky girl to work with him, that’s all I’m saying. Talking about Lucy, she is still struggling with her own powers, and part of what makes her interesting is how real the struggle feels. She’s afraid of her abilities, afraid sometimes of the ghosts closing in on them, and that fear is real and palpable. I also liked her bickering with George – you’d think the two of them would get better along after what happened in the first book, and maybe they do, but only up to some point. There’s still too different to really get along. The plot is fast-paced, and once again, completely blew me away. Everything about the book screams originality, from the setting to the plot (creepy object found in coffin, and the trio having to run all across London to retrieve it) to the characters. The world-building is hands down amazing, and the author should get an award for that feat alone. Everything matches, everything works, and the end result is simply amazing. This is my favorite series ever, and I can’t wait to read the next part. Mr. Stroud, you better get writing, or I might have to sent a Type 3 your way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is very good. One of the best book in the series. I rate it 5 star because it is intense and really, really fun VERY GOOD BOOK
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) by Jonathan Stroud may be made for middle grade kids but I enjoyed it too. I was sucked into the story right away and followed it like I did Harry Potter. I forgot it was a kid's book. Ghosts, action, adventure, mystery, and more. It was great. I didn't read book one but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of this book. I got this book from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book but befor reading, read the 1st one, "the screaming siarcase!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! One if them, at least. The skull is totally the best character and is amazing!
basson_mommy12 More than 1 year ago
A writer for young people as exciting as J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman and Rick Riordan. The Bartimaeus set (trilogy plus prequel) was an instant classic. Introduced in "The Screaming Staircase," closely followed by "The Whispering Skull" Lockwood, Lucy and George delight through their many terrifying and fantastic adventures in ghost-ridden London. The jump-scare quality of these books is enough for your "Five Nights at Freddy's" fan, and the literary value is high enough to satisfy the most discerning parent. I highly recommend for middle grades (grades 4+).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sequel to The Screaming Staircase is filled with mystery as well as excitement. Join the three protagonists as they race to find a mysterious object that causes death upon the person who looks upon it. Watch as they are pushed to their limits and escape harrowing danger as well as make themselves known to the world.
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This is so worth the money. Plus it is fun to see your friends squirm and flee:). BUY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RoseCentaur11 More than 1 year ago
For the fans of Bartimaeus, Lockwood and Co. is just as riveting and thrilling with an added spooky factor. I have read every book by Jonathan Stroud and love them all. 
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