The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
Book I: The Mysterious Howling

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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?

 

About Maryrose Wood

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Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling and The Hidden Gallery, the first two books in this continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. Maryrose's other qualifications for writing these tales include a scandalous stint as a professional thespian, many years as a private governess to two curious and occasionally rambunctious pupils, and whatever literary insights she may have gleaned from living in close proximity to a clever but disobedient dog. You can visit her online at www.maryrosewood.com.
 
Published February 6, 2010 by Balzer + Bray. 276 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Resilient as ever, in the third installment of Wood's deliciously melodramatic Victorian mystery teenage governess Penelope Lumley takes on threats to her wolfish young charges that include a hustler after the Ashton fortune.

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Illustrator Jon Klassen believes the book is magnetic because “it’s refreshing, tonally…in that it’s very kindhearted.” Perhaps most kindhearted for eager readers is Bray’s reaction to Wood’s mélange of hilarity and heart: “I signed four books right away,” says the publisher.

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KidsReads

But Penelope will have to keep searching for answers, all the while continuing to protect and guide the Incorrigibles (and all the while hoping for another visit with that charming young playwright) --- at least until the next installment of the series.

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The prim and proper Penelope, who is, most importantly, quite clever and resourceful, is awed by Ashton Place but less than impressed with the lady of the house, the young, flighty and newly married Lady Constance Ashton.

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The most baffling of all was the nature of Fredrick Ashton, Lord of Ashton Place’s monthly disappearances and identity of the Incorrigible children's parents, as well as the parents of Penelope Lumley.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

As much as I enjoyed the The Mysterious Howling (the first book of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series), the The Hidden Gallery is even better.

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

The incorrigible children (Alexander, Beowolf and Cassiopeia) live with Lord Fredrick, his wife and their young governess Penelope at Ashton Place on the edge of the woods they grew up in.

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Open Salon

My favorite example of words to live by, courtesy of Penelope via the narrator: The truth is that one cannot go through life without being annoyed by other people, and this was just as true in Miss Penelope Lumley’s day as it is in our own.

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Birmingham Public Library

Hijinks and mystery ensue as Penelope must ready the children for the Christmas Ball which is difficult enough by itself, but a howling presence in the attic, Lord Fredrick’s strange behavior at mention of a full moon, and the lurking personage of Old Timothy make preparation quite a feat indeed!

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