The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud, the creatively twisted mind behind the Bartimaeus Trilogy, brings another sure-fire, darkly gothic world to life in Lockwood & Co. When ghosts drifted out of the closet half a century ago, a whole new social order, economy, and profession for young adepts came to life… defending the world against the dead. Yet even with the crucial talent in the hands of teens and pre-teens, adults can’t help manipulating them for their own ends. Enter Anthony Lockwood, a dashing, brash, and proud teen determined to fight “The Problem” on his own terms. With his two young associates, Lockwood & Co. take on the most haunted place in the world, and a living enemy that may be far more dangerous.