Synopses & Reviews
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?
Every newspaper and website in America is going to tell you that The Mysterious Howling will leave you HOWLING FOR MORE! So Im not going to say that. But its really good. Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday
Its the best beginning since The Bad Beginning (1999) [by Lemony Snicket] and will leave readers howling for the next episode. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“How hearty and delicious...Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and funny and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom (thank you, Agatha Swanburne). How will it all turn out? Appetites whetted.” Booklist (starred review)
Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire. Humorous antics and a climactic cliff-hanger ending will keep children turning pages and clamoring for the next volume, while more sophisticated readers will take away much more. Frequent plate-sized illustrations add wit and period flair. School Library Journal (starred review)
With a Snicketesque affect, Woods narrative propels the drama…pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Jinks opens her projected trilogy in high style, offering a period melodrama replete with colorful characters, narrow squeaks and explosions of ectoplasmic goo."
"This is top-notch storytelling from Jinks, full of wit, a colorful cast of rogues, and delectable slang."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The first in a projected trilogy, this book treats readers to a lively, engaging story with an endearing protagonist at its center."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"This quasi-Victorian, somewhat gothic fantasy is a satisfying confection."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine
The first book in a humorous series about a young governess and her three unusual charges--children who have been raised by wolves in the forest of Ashton Place. Illustrations.
Are bogles eating the missing children of Old London? Birdie McAdams aims to find out.
Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan,and#160;is tougher than she looks. She's proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living. Birdie lures the bogles out of their lairs with her sweet songs, and Alfred kills them before they kill her. On the mean streets of Victorian England, hunting bogles is actually less dangerous work than mudlarking for scraps along the vile river Thames (see glossary!). Or so it seemsand#8212;until the orphans of London start to disappear . . .
Sixth-grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, code name Eddie Red,and#160;becomes the NYPDand#8217;s secret weaponand#160;to catch a mastermind art thief on New York Cityand#8217;s Museum Mile.
andquot;Bound to be a series that will appeal to fans of fast-paced mysteries.andquot; andmdash;SLJand#160;Not many sixth-graders work undercover for the NYPD, but Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, code name Eddie Red, is not just any sixth-grader. A andldquo;near-death ice cream experienceandrdquo; lands him as a material witness in the police station with his dad, where the NYPD first discovers Eddieand#39;s photographic memory and uncanny sketch-artist abilities. Things get dangerous when Eddie is recruited to help track down the infamous Picasso Gang thatandrsquo;s casing NYCand#39;s famous Museum Mile. Look for the sequel on p. 53!
About the Author
Maryrose Wood is the author of the first five books (so far!) in this series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions.
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.
Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson; and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.