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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling (edition 2011)

by Maryrose Wood, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

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Title:The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
Authors:Maryrose Wood
Other authors:Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
Info:Balzer Bray (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:ChildChoices2012Week6, fantasy

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The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

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    Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll (HollyMS)
    HollyMS: Both are middle grade historical fiction set during the Victorian period featuring young girls who go to work in a mysterious old house :] Both Frost Hollow Hall and The Mysterious Howling have obviously been influenced by Victorian gothics.
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    HollyMS: Both are modern children's historical fiction that are heavily influenced by 19th century gothic literature.
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    _Zoe_: These books are completely different in style; The Mysterious Howling is a lighthearted children's book while Room is more serious and intended for adults. But if you enjoy the theme of a child with an unusual background being reintegrated into society, you may appreciate both of these books.… (more)

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This was a book club pick chosen by our resident librarian! I personally enjoyed the book and am now committed to reading at least the next installment because I need to know who is up to what. I knew going in this was a children's book but as I was reading I kept wondering what age group was this targeted to. If I had that answer I think I might have quit thinking that some of the subject matter might be over the readers head. It does remind me of the Lemony Snicket series which I enjoyed reading when my girls were reading them. My one regret was I had to read this during a very busy time and could not commit to just sitting down and reading it in large doses, that made it a bit fragmented so I am inclined to think and nit pick more than just enjoy the story. Over all I would recommend it to literary minded young people. ( )
  theeccentriclady | Dec 26, 2016 |
I listened to the audio version of this book, first I have to say that Katherine Kellgren was an excellent narrator, she made the narration very enjoyable.

This first installment of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place was great! The writing style reminded me a bit of Lemony Snicket and his Series of Unfortunate Events, but that’s the extent of the familiarity.

Maryrose Wood’s story has the usual gothic novel feel, a young governess, Miss Penelope Lumley (reminiscent of Jane Eyre), is hired to look after Alexander, Cassiopeia and Beowulf in a mansion that seemed filled with mysteries. The children have a very peculiar condition and the master of the house seem to have a secret himself.

The pacing of this novel is perfect, the story has quite a few humorous bits and it was difficult to not fall instantly in love with Alexander, Cassiopeia and Beowulf. They were intelligent and cared for each other and with the help of Miss Lumley they worked hard to assimilate to their new environment in Ashton Place.

This is a great read for families and a book that adults will enjoy as much as children. If you’re a fan of the Lemony Sincket series, this is the book for you. ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
Very odd writing style for the audience this book is geared towards. I doubt kids will be able to really follow parts. ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
This series has been compared to Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, and that comparison is very true, in my opinion.  Unfortunately, I didn't like Lemony Snicket's series, so I wish I had read that comparison before I started this book.  Most of the characters in the book were very flat.  There was a huge mysterious buildup as to who the orphan children really are, but unfortunately, little resolution was given to the end of the story.  One major event was resolved (the Christmas Party), but everything else was pushed off to the next book in the series.  I don't mind cliffhangers, but I would like something to hold me until I get to the next book.  I was left with nothing on this one. Slightly disappointing. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
I enjoyed this. A sweet story, quite cute and funny-- if not particularly deep or exciting. Penny Lumley is an interesting and like-able protagonist to whom I easily related. I appreciated her perspective and her stories of Swanburne Academy.
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  daniellamaria8 | Apr 9, 2016 |
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Klassen, JonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoy, SarahDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball. [retrieved from www.loc.gov (Library of Congress) 8/2/2012]
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Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.… (more)

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