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  • Published: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780552568050
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $18.99

Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull

Book 2

The second book in the chilling, bestselling series from global bestselling author, Jonathan Stroud. Now a major Netflix series!

Now a major Netflix series!

Ghosts and ghouls beware! London's smallest, shabbiest and most talented psychic detection agency is back.

Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood & Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their ghost jar, while Lockwood is desperate for an exciting new case.

Things seem to be looking up when the team is called to Kensal Green Cemetery to investigate the grave of a sinister Victorian doctor. Strange apparitions have been seen there, and the site must be made safe. As usual, Lockwood is confident; as usual, everything goes wrong - a terrible phantom is freed and a dangerous object is stolen from the coffin.

Lockwood & Co. must recover the relic before its power is unleashed, but it's a race against time. Their obnoxious rivals from the Fittes agency are also on the hunt. And if that's not bad enough, the skull in the ghost-jar is stirring again...

The author of the blockbuster BARTIMAEUS sequence delivers another humorous and chilling instalment in the critically acclaimed LOCKWOOD & CO. series.

'Stroud is a genius' Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series.

  • Published: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780552568050
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $18.99

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About the author

Jonathan Stroud

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 also the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide, and also of four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE. He lives in Hertfordshire with his family. He has yet to see a ghost, but is keeping his eyes open.

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Praise for Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull

Stroud delivers another riveting narrative


Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead


As in the first volume there are plenty of heart-stopping moments and a generous dollop of gore, but nothing most teens and confident readers can't handle: in fact, the problem will be to persuade them to put the book down. In short, it's both gross and engrossing!

The Bookbag

The Whispering Skull frees Stroud to let his flair for spectacle run riot, resulting in several deftly constructed set-pieces far more akin to true horror than the ghost house antics of the first book.


As in the first instalment, Stroud manages to perfectly balance grisly encounters with gleefully sarcastic humour.

Independent Children's blog

I’ve waited with baited breath for the second instalment of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co novels. At last, The Whispering Skull is here and it is definitely worth the wait.

Scotsman Teen review

This is quality reading for young and old. Bring on those ghosts, but first hand me my rapier!

Ann Giles, Bookwitch

There's a dark, macabre air to these books that Stroud handles with an expert touch, perfectly balancing the supernatural with witty repartee and serpentine plots (no one could ever accuse Stroud of dumbing down). After The Screaming Staircase, our trio is back with a second instalment to sort out a seriously creepy talking skull trapped inside a glass jar. Ghost-busting has never been more engrossing.

Dad.info Blog

The second volume in Jonathan Stroud's exceptional series . . . Stroud's writing is inventive and funny, but be warned: this is packed with grisly ghouls and is not perhaps for the faint-hearted.

Lorna Bradbury, Sunday Telegraph

Plenty of humour alongside the chills.

Financial Times

Seriously scary, brilliant prose.


There was a fight between me and my 11-year-old about who got first to Jonathan Stroud's Whispering Skull . . . A blissful read.

Evening Standard

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