The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co #3)

Author(s): Jonathan Stroud

Children - 9 to 14

"Lockwood & Co. might be the smallest (some might say shambollic) Psychic Detection Agency in London. But its three agents - Lockwood, Lucy and George - are exceptional Talents. And they get results. When an outbreak of ghostly phenomena grows to terrifying levels in Chelsea, Scotland Yard is left baffled. Even more baffling is that Lockwood & Co appear to have been excluded from the huge team of Agents investigating the Chelsea Outbreak. Surely this is the perfect chance for them to show once and for all that they're actually the best in town? Well, that's if they can put aside their personal differences for long enough to march into action with their rapiers, salt and iron . . . Ghouls and spectres, thrills and tension in this brand-new instalment in Jonathan Strouds bestselling series. 'Stroud is a genius' - Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jacksonseries."

As always I am very excited to see a new ‘Lockwood & Co’ novel come out of the box, and this, the third in the series, doesn't disappoint. Called on to investigate a haunted staircase, Lockwood, Lucy and George (plus their new ‘housekeeper’, Holly) encounter not one, but two Visitors, and Lucy's burgeoning abilities are put to the test. Meanwhile, Chelsea is the centre of a large haunting, which requires all agencies help to put down. I do think this is slightly more mature than the previous two books; more is revealed about Lockwood's past, and Lucy is challenged both by Holly's appearance and an apparent upswing in her communicative abilities; but, as usual, it is an excellent and page-turning read. - Lucy

If you haven’t read any of the ‘Lockwood’ books, it’s about time you did! Jonathan Stroud has a created a brilliant series about an agency that quells the spirits of ghosts that are haunting London. Meet dashing brave Anthony Lockwood Esq, formidable puzzle-solver and grand researcher George Cubbins, and our intrepid ghost-whispering narrator Lucy Carlyle. There are plenty of scary moments (bloody footprints, an irritable poltergeist, tricky creatures) cleverly balanced with humour, great relationships between our three heroes, mysterious and dangerous secrets and a host of fascinating by-standers, some of whom are not mere mortals. The third in the series has just been released and I had to wait as I was third in line in my household (I didn’t have to wait long! But I did have to block my ears a few times to avoid any spoilers). The Hollow Boy is action-packed, as scary as the last two, (be reassured that all is fine, in the end, for all children), - there was a point where I had to pop the book down to have a breather (but only for a minute) in anticipation of what would happen next. As with the first two in this series, The Hollow Boy has a whirlwind of a climax, but even more interesting a cliff-hanger – so roll on book #4! Also, there are more questions about the origin of ‘the problem’ – Why is London haunted? Why are the ghosts restless? What is the Orpheus Society and who belongs to it? Who is stirring up the ghosts in Chelsea? And will Lucy survive her increasing powers? - Stella

If you haven’t read the first two ‘Lockwood’ books, The Screaming Staircase and The Whispering Skull, it is about time you did; if you have, you will want to read this as soon as possible. The world is beset by a plague of ghosts that only children (and only some children) can overcome. Lucy, George and Lockwood comprise London’s smallest but most talented psychic investigation agency. The books have excellent characters and are both genuinely scary and genuinely funny (Stroud adeptly moves between these poles as he tightens the screws of the plot). In this book Lucy finds herself developing sympathies for the ghosts, or ‘Visitors’, which both leads her closer to the cause of the Problem and puts her and her colleagues in peril, as does her developing antagonism towards the too-perfect Holly, hired by Lockwood and George as a ‘support staff member’. The first two books can be read as self-contained stories, but this one is barbed throughout with elements that demand further exploration and explanation. What do the ghosts want? Is the plague of ghosts in fact caused or exacerbated by the living? Who is trying to exploit the ghost plague for their own ends? And what ends? You see, I am ready for the next book already. - Thomas


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The brand-new Lockwood & Co. from global bestselling author, Jonathan Stroud. Ghouls and spectres beware, London's smallest (but best) psychic detection agency is on your case ...

"If you're in the market to have your pants scared off this Halloween, this atmospheric tale, finely balanced between horror and humour, will definitely do the trick ... There are few writers whose work I look forward to more." -- Imogen Russell Williams Middle Grade Strikes Back "Publication of a new Lockwood and Co. adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year. Jonathan Stroud not only writes like a dream, he creates some of the most inventive, most exciting storylines around." -- Andrea Reece LoveReading

Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford in 1970. After studying English Literature at York University, he moved to London, where he worked as an editor in a publishing firm. He is the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide. As well as four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE, Jonathan is now writing a chilling new series called LOCKWOOD & CO. He lives in Hertfordshire with his family.

General Fields

  • : 9780552573146
  • : Random House
  • : Corgi
  • : August 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jonathan Stroud
  • : Paperback
  • : 1015
  • : English
  • : [Fic]
  • : 448