From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-As governess for three children raised by wolves, Penelope Lumley faces many challenges, especially when Lord Ashton's long-lost mother and explorer Admiral Faucet arrive at Ashton Place. An ostrich is loose in the woods and the children's unique tracking talents are put to the test. This leads to the mystery of the children's savage upbringing being revealed. Admiral Faucet immediately thinks of money-making schemes involving the children, ostriches, and wolves along with his plan to marry Lord Aston's mother for her money. It is up to Miss Lumley, with the help of some characters from the previous book in the series, to find a way to protect everyone involved. Katherine Kellgren narrates with different voices for each character-from the prim English accent of Miss Lumley to the screeching parrot-like voices of the wolfish children. Fans of Maryrose Wood's series will enjoy the sometimes rambunctious action, exaggerated characters, and unique humor of this book (Balzer + Bray, 2012) which ends with unsolved mysteries and the promise of more adventures.-Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary, Edmonds, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
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. 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 author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and the other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
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