Title: The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2)
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publish Date/Age Group/Genre: 2014 – KidLit – Horror/Paranormal
The Story: Lucy, George, and Lockwood are at it again, this time using their Ghostbuster-like skills to tackle the case of an unexpected grave containing a malicious ghost and a mysterious mirror. The three are agents, extraordinary kids who have Talents that allow them to see and hear Visitors (ghosts). In a world where adults are helpless against Visitors and rely on minors for protection, Lucy and friends command high respect. And if they can solve this case and stop a stream of murders and madness, they can earn even more glory.
The Opening Line: “Don’t look now,” Lockwood said. “There’s two of them.”
What I Loved: Ghost stories are my favorite, and this series stands above the rest. Surprisingly dark for a series aimed at juvenile readers, Stroud (author of the Bartimaeus trilogy) doesn’t hold back. Plenty of humor and fun are thrown into the mix as well. I love how Stroud has created a whole new type of universe, where adults don’t hold the power, where agencies of kids go out each night to tackle cases relating to hauntings, where there is so much detail given that I felt the universe could plausibly exist.
What I Didn’t Love: I pretty much loved everything about it.
Final Thoughts: I’m so upset that I now have to wait for book 3! I love this series, with its graveyards, ghosts, danger, and humor. This is probably one of my favorite KidLit series ever! If you like ghost stories with plenty of darkness and plenty of humor, this one is for you!