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 Hollow boy (Lockwood & Co.)
 Author: Stroud, Jonathan

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion (2015)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 385 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 861576 ISBN: 9781484709689
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Ghosts -- Fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction
 London (England) -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

[Bk. 3] Anthony, George, and Lucy investigate new hauntings, track down assassins, and a new assistant joins Lockwood & Co.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 176201
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 23.0   Quiz: 66856

   School Library Journal (+) (12/01/15)
   Booklist (+) (10/15/15)
 The Hornbook (00/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/15/2015 *Starred Review* In the latest captivating volume of the Lockwood & Co. series, a new ghostly threat has forced officials to evacuate London’s most afflicted area, which is now swarming with psychic investigators as well as apparitions. Lucy, one of the three intrepid investigators at her firm, returns early from a holiday to find that an administrative assistant named Holly was hired in her absence. She takes an instant dislike to the attractive, highly efficient, and now firmly ensconced newcomer, whose presence both Lockwood and George clearly enjoy. When a crisis takes all four to the center of London’s worst paranormal disturbance, Lucy struggles to control her feelings, which the supernatural entity uses to magnify its fearsome, destructive powers. From the banter among the young associates at Lockwood & Co. and the flaring of unruly emotions to the well-choreographed fight scenes involving monstrous spirits, Stroud brings his considerable storytelling skills to bear in this riveting sequel to The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014). Written from Lucy’s point of view, the narrative has excellent pacing, fine descriptive passages, and a wry sense of humor. An unexpected development at the story’s end will leave fans wildly impatient for volume four. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 Gr 5–8—As in the previous volumes, The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014, both Disney-Hyperion), the latest escapades of Lockwood and Co., a ghost-hunting agency staffed by the crack team of Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and Lucy Carlyle, start with a hair-raising scene of murder, mayhem, and ghostly apparitions. Narrator Lucy finds herself on shaky ground as her ability to speak to ghosts grows ever more powerful and more dangerous, while changes to the agency in the form of a tidy, Type A assistant named Holly Munroe seem to spell doom for Lucy's future with the company. Meanwhile, The Problem grows exponentially worse and a fading, famous department store holds more horrors than Lucy has ever seen. A series of disturbing discoveries, building on revelations in the earlier books, make it clear that there is a more malevolent human force than The Problem at work in London, and Lucy, George, and Lockwood are drawing ever closer to its source. As always, the descriptions of the hauntings are genuinely frightening, especially that of a spindly, humanoid creature that crawls on all fours and whispers Lucy's name. VERDICT. Fans of the series will anxiously await Lockwood and Co.'s spine-tingling adventures in the next installment.—Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla, Darien Library, CT - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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