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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061791121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061791123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* When we last saw Miss Penelope Lumley, governess to three wolflike children (but making tremendous strides!), she was trying to recoup after the Incorrigibles had brought Lord and Lady Ashton�s Christmas ball to a disastrous halt. Now home renovations are needed, so the Ashton household is on the move to London, where Lady Ashton hopes she will be the belle of British society, and Penelope looks forward to civilizing the Incorrigibles further with trips to the theater and museums. But the undercurrent of �something wicked this way comes� and the signs of impending trouble for both governess and charges make the air here thick with (dreadful!) possibilities. Of course, there are some happier times in the city, too, as Penelope meets up with her beloved headmistress from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and finds a new friend in a helpful, unemployed playwright. Questions about the children�s backgrounds, Penelope�s connections to them, and Lord Ashton�s own wolfish behavior set the stage for the next act of this most excellent adventure, the follow-up to The Mysterious Howling (2010). Interior illustrations not seen, but no doubt they�ll be most satisfactory. Grades 4-6. --Ilene Cooper

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“Another series of uproarious escapades. fans of the first book will be happy to go along for the madcap ride.” (School Library Journal)

“[A] madcap sequel. Great fun, and it wouldn’t be optoomuchstic to expect more to come.” (Kirkus Reviews)

More About the Author

Happy howls to you! I hope you enjoy THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE books. The most recent installment in this six book-series is book 4, The Interrupted Tale.

To learn more about me or request a school visit, go to www.maryrosewood.com.

Customer Reviews

This book is a great read for adults as well as children.
Kristen
Read the book to join the adventure with Ms.Lumley (aka “Lumawoo"),the Incorrigible‘s governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia.....
Dr. Carol L. Del Vitto
In this second book we find some answers to mysteries set before us in the first book.
Sandra K. Stiles

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on June 2, 2011
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I got hooked on "The Mysterious Howling," and I have given it to young ladies as gifts -- that 11- or 12-year-old with literary taste is the perfect recipient.

This book, The Hidden Gallery," is interesting and clever, the narrative asides are good but not overdone, the children are smarter, and the book is obsessive about ferns. How I miss ferns, living here in Arizona.

I particularly like the way the book blends the gothic English governess elements with the purely ridiculous.

The concept of "optoomuchstic" was well explained and well-used, without going overboard. My favorite advice from Agatha Swanburne: "No Panicking. No Complaining. No Quitting."

Please, I hope there will be a third book, to discover more about the Ominous Landscape, the attic room, the red hair, and Agatha Swanburne.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dunyazad VINE VOICE on March 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the sequel to The Mysterious Howling, which I loved when I read it last year. I didn't think The Hidden Gallery reached quite the same level as the first, but it's still an entertaining book and the series as a whole is one that I'd wholeheartedly recommend. I just found this installment a bit frustrating because for about the first two-thirds of the book, no progress at all was made towards resolving the various mysteries that had been introduced in the first one, and even when certain pieces of information were revealed toward the end, we were often left with more questions than answers. One the one hand, this is a good thing because it means that the series can go on longer, and I do enjoy reading about these characters. On the other hand, I'd like the main plot lines to progress at least a bit more in 300+ pages. Maryrose Wood can certainly write a tantalizing story, but in the end it felt like we hadn't gotten very far. Still, Wood remains one of my favourite new authors, and I'm eager to see how the story unfolds in the coming books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on March 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ever since the Lady Constance Ashton's big party was wrecked by three young children raised by wolves, Ashton Place has been in shambles. While workers finish the repairs, the household moves to London where Lady Constance plans on being the toast of the town. But as the three children, dubbed Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia Incorrigible, will be traveling to London as well, her best laid plans just may go, as Burns famously put it, astray.

For those who have not read Maryrose Wood's enchanting THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING, the first book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, the Incorrigibles are three children who had been abandoned in the English countryside, raised perhaps by wild animals and then taken in by Lord Fredrick Aston (much to the chagrin of the above-mentioned Lady Constance). One Miss Penelope Lumley, an orphan herself raised at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, was summoned to be their governess. A clever, optimistic and plucky teenager, Penelope dove straight in to civilizing and educating the Incorrigibles. THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING found them howling at the moon, chasing squirrels and learning Latin. Now, in THE HIDDEN GALLERY, the children are learning about navigation, poetry, theater and geometry, though they are still howling at the moon and chasing squirrels.

THE HIDDEN GALLERY is full of Incorrigible mischief and Penelope's keen plans to tame and teach them. But in London, thanks to her former headmistress at the Academy and with the help of a charming young playwright, Penelope is learning more about the mysterious and strange origins of her three charges as well as something about her own clouded past. There are strange signs and clues at every turn in London. Why has Penelope been given an odd and useless guide to the city?
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In this second book we find some answers to mysteries set before us in the first book. By the end of the book we are left with more questions, more mysteries. I loved that we see the children go back to their most basic animalistic selves when they encounter the palace guards and the pigeons in London. Throw in a gypsy who warns about someone who wants to put the children in harms way and you are all set to grind your teeth waiting for the next book. I enjoyed this one as much as the first one and look forward to the next one when it come out.
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It is a sweet book that keeps you interested but it seems like a chapter in a longer book rather than a complete book alone
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By E. Latshaw on April 18, 2014
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As with many middle books, this one struggles with advancing the plot, developing the characters, and yet, not giving away the ultimate point of the story. The characters are interesting and the change of setting to London introduces fantastic complications. Wood leaves the reader guessing on far more fronts than first suspected. Mysteries abound and young readers will surely be fascinated.
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By Nanette Rodin on March 31, 2014
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The introduction of characters are so unique and add to the story so much. You have to pay attention, but even if you don't it reads just as well, with lots of fun!
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By Laney B on February 3, 2014
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Having already written a complete review of this series for Book IV, I will only say now that if you like a good satire, you'll like this series that skewers 19th Century mores in England.
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