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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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Touche, Maryrose Wood. Touche. This book surprised me in more ways than one, and although about halfway through I was thinking I'd be fine stopping after the first book, upon finishing I am glad that I was already planning a trip to the library after work so I can get the next one.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Fifteen-year-old Penelope Lumley is hired to be a governess for a trio of feral children discovered in Lord Fredrick's vast, forested land. Penelope is proper and efficient in bringing the children along to a semblance of civility but there are hints and shadows of people's intentions not being quite right when it comes to the children's welfare. Thus sets the scene for this new series that could be a cousin to the Series of Unfortunate Events books. The narrator's tone is pert, brisk and practical with just a hint of winking humor. A great choice for a read-aloud and quite suitable for gifted readers. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Fun, clever book about a governess who gets more than she expected when she begins her first job. Miss Lumley has just graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, and accepts a position as governess for three children who with wolf-like tendencies who were found in the wilderness. Hijinks, of course, ensue.

The frequent references to anachronistic ideas/inventions pull the reader out of the story a bit. The book is very short-- around 250 pages? I wish, rather than leaving so many unanswered questions at the end, Wood had made this one longer. However, this is the first book in a series (I think we're up to three books at this point), and is great for students who are intimidated by longer books. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
Great tongue-in-cheek look at the indomitable Miss Lumley and her enlightened view of how to deal with these "incorrigible" children while living within the constraints of her job. There's no way I'm going to stop here-- the back story is hinted at and its chilling to think of how it will play out (before Miss Lumley gets things under control). ( )
1 vote ehousewright | Jan 22, 2015 |
Description: Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Thoughts: I read this as an ebook the first time round because I didn't know it was read by Katherine Kellgren at the time. Since that sad state of affairs was remedied in time to listen to books 3 & 4, I was happy to revisit this in audio as I drove to Chattanooga to attend Lucia's birth. I was much less critical of it this time around because 1) Katherine Kellgren! and 2) the nitpicky things that bothered me the first time have been superseded by my enjoyment of the stories and characters and willingness to suspend disbelief more to enjoy them.

Rating: 4.08

Liked: 4
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 4
Audio: 5

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  leahbird | Jan 20, 2015 |
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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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