The Mysterious Howling [The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place]

By Wood, Maryrose

Publishers Summary:
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?

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ISBN
978-0-06179-105-5
Publisher
Balzer + Bray HarperCollins


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2010

Gr 5-8 Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire of a 19th-century English governess story. A witty omniscient narrator speaks directly to modern readers and follows 15-year-old Penelope, recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, to British country manor Ashton Place, where conniving Lord Fredrick has discovered three wild children apparently raised by wolves while hunting in his vast forest property. To Lord Fredrick, who's named them Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia Incorrigible, the children are trophies and property ("Finder's ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2010

In this fresh take on older-than-old conventions, Miss Penelope Lumley, an orphaned young lady with high standards and a cheerful disposition, accepts a position as governess to three uncivilized (understandably, as they've been raised by wolves) children on a full-of-secrets country estate. Let the over-the-top characterizations, ludicrous situations, and tongue-in-cheek humor begin! "Penelope tried to assume the same firm, gentle tone Miss Mortimer had always used to good effect on the g...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Miss Penelope Lumley is governess to three uncivilized (understandably, as they've been raised by wolves) children on a full-of-secrets country estate. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Maryrose Wood’s ear for language is remarkable. She effectively captures the old-fashioned world of classic children’s books, while including snappy dialogue, amusing authoria...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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