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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?

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"In this humorous kickoff to the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, Wood (My Life: The Musical) injects new life into the governess theme by charging genteel 15-year-old Penelope Lumley (educated at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females) with three wild children — Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia — who were raised in the woods and taken into the 'care' of Lord Frederic Ashton and his selfish, superficial bride (the children are living in a barn when Penelope arrives). With a Snicketesque affect, Wood's narrative propels the drama; Penelope is a standout, often invoking the truisms of her school's founder ('The best way to find out how fast a horse can run is to smack it on the rump') while caring for the Incorrigibles — named such so they won't be presumed Ashton's heirs. Despite the slapstick situations involving the children's disheveled appearance, pack behavior, and lack of language, the real barbarism comes from the Ashtons and a society that eagerly anticipates their failure. Though the novel ends a bit abruptly, the pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A book much like the mysterious, inviting woods it describes. Step in to find friendship, magic, and surprises.

Synopsis:

A little girl who can only sleep during the day grows from something of an isolated town oddity to the heiress of an ancient legacy of magic and music.

Exquisitely illustrated, this gentle, satisfyingand#160;young fantasy is filled with unforgettable, quirky charactersand#160; and imagery. A perfect read-aloud, it shows how one can find friends in the unlikeliest of places--windowsills, rabbit burrows, the library.

and#160;and#160;and#160; Debut author Christopher Pennell casts a spell with his irresistible adventure while illustrator Rebecca Bond's pen-and-ink drawings perfectly capture this atmospheric world and contribute to the feel of a timeless classic. Step into the mysterious woods of Whistle Root and feel the magic.

About the Author

Maryrose Wood is a former Broadway actor, comedian, and playwright. She has written young-adult novels and most recently wrote her first middle-grade novel, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.

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English Major, November 3, 2010 (view all comments by English Major)
Absolutely charming! Reminds me of books I loved as a young reader. Leaves you wanting to spend more time with the characters.
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catie james, April 21, 2010 (view all comments by catie james)
Having graduated a year early from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, fifteen year old Penelope Lumley is off to interview for a governess position at Ashton Place. After a rushed meeting with Lady Constance, Penelope is shocked to discover three dirty, wild-haired children howling in the stables. Much to his bride of six month's consternation, Lord Ashton discovered the feral group while hunting the woods of his vast estate and decided to keep them. Now Penelope must draw upon every ounce ingenuity and skill at her disposal in order to civilize the Incorrigible trio.

Successful teen author Maryrose Wood makes her middle-grade debut with a charming, lighthearted Victorian mystery featuring a heroine brimming with intelligent gumption and a supporting cast that is (respectively) endearing, humorous, fluttery, pompous, and downright vexing. By juxtaposing the historical circumstances and details with examples from contemporary life, Ms. Wood gives young readers easily identifiable touchstones for reference. All in all, a winning combo that has me eagerly anticipating the next installment.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061791055
Subtitle:
The Mysterious Howling
Author:
Wood, Maryrose
Illustrator:
Klassen, Jon
Author:
McDougall, Walter A.
Author:
Pennell, Christopher
Author:
Bond, Rebecca
Author:
Klassen, Jon
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Animals - Wolves
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.63 in 0.71 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 272 pages Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - English 9780061791055 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this humorous kickoff to the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, Wood (My Life: The Musical) injects new life into the governess theme by charging genteel 15-year-old Penelope Lumley (educated at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females) with three wild children — Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia — who were raised in the woods and taken into the 'care' of Lord Frederic Ashton and his selfish, superficial bride (the children are living in a barn when Penelope arrives). With a Snicketesque affect, Wood's narrative propels the drama; Penelope is a standout, often invoking the truisms of her school's founder ('The best way to find out how fast a horse can run is to smack it on the rump') while caring for the Incorrigibles — named such so they won't be presumed Ashton's heirs. Despite the slapstick situations involving the children's disheveled appearance, pack behavior, and lack of language, the real barbarism comes from the Ashtons and a society that eagerly anticipates their failure. Though the novel ends a bit abruptly, the pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A book much like the mysterious, inviting woods it describes. Step in to find friendship, magic, and surprises.
"Synopsis" by , A little girl who can only sleep during the day grows from something of an isolated town oddity to the heiress of an ancient legacy of magic and music.

Exquisitely illustrated, this gentle, satisfyingand#160;young fantasy is filled with unforgettable, quirky charactersand#160; and imagery. A perfect read-aloud, it shows how one can find friends in the unlikeliest of places--windowsills, rabbit burrows, the library.

and#160;and#160;and#160; Debut author Christopher Pennell casts a spell with his irresistible adventure while illustrator Rebecca Bond's pen-and-ink drawings perfectly capture this atmospheric world and contribute to the feel of a timeless classic. Step into the mysterious woods of Whistle Root and feel the magic.

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