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The Hollow Boy: Lockwood & Co., Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Another exciting, scary installment for ghost-story fans.

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This third installment maintains the high quality of the Lockwood & Co. series with a high scare factor and great characters. It’s odd and refreshing in a series to not know which book you like the best. Fans of the popular series would probably follow Lockwood, Lucy, and George into any adventure at this point. Even setting up the circle of iron chains and falling asleep with them on the floor while they wait for ghosts to appear is entertaining.

But author Jonathan Stroud (also known for his wonderful Bartimaeus trilogy) ups the ante with a finale in a haunted department store. Those mannequins are creepy all by themselves. Add a ghost crawling around on the floor whispering "Lucy, Lucy" is freaky! Readers will feel as if they've been ghost-touched even before the situation gets really dire. Add to that a "Wait! What? Don't do it!" cliffhanger at the end and you'll be ready to be ghost-touched all over again with Book 4.

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