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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006179113X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061791130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,763 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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The characters are well drawn and fun; the writing flows beautifully, and the dialog is spot-on.
Alenya
Wood adds more dimension to her story lines with a change of scenery (London) and the introduction of new, interesting, and flawed characters.
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So to wrap things up, I did like this book, it's worth reading, dont skip it if you loved the first one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwyneth Mauk on February 28, 2013
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I loved this book and I am definitely going to read the rest.
I hope you read it too

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Carol L. Del Vitto on December 2, 2012
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I LOVE The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series! Read the book to join the adventure with Ms.Lumley (aka “Lumawoo"),the Incorrigible‘s governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Samphire on March 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes surreal, often hilarious, this book made me laugh out loud in a crowded café, and I gobbled it all up with total delight. I love, love, love this series! The Incorrigibles are wonderful, and the mad zaniness of this whole book is just delicious.

It is such a pleasure to read such a funny series, with so much heart underneath the humor.

My favorite Swanburne-ism from this book: "As Agatha Swanburne once said, 'To be kept waiting in unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions.'"

I am definitely a Swanburne girl wannabe!
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The Incorrigible children and their governess are at it again, this time in London. When Penelope Lumley gets a letter from her old headmaster asking to meet her for lunch in London, Penelope thinks it will be splendid fun. She decides she and the Incorrigible can make an educational trip of it. When she tells Mrs. Ashton her plan however, Mrs. Ashton decides she too shall go to London. Penelope and the children arrive first, and soon realize that they have lost there way. The guidebook the Penelope has, is not very much help at all. There is something rather strange about the guidebook, it's illustrations and poetic directions are not very helpful to one actually trying to find something in the city. Luckily a young fellow comes to their rescue and guides them to home. If the Incorrigibles were trouble at the Ashton Place, London only affords them more opportunity and new sites to see.

Again, I truly loved this book. Possibly this one even more so than the first. The kids are just fabulous and I love that touch of wolf in them. There is a shocking discovery made in this book, and I can't believe the next one is out and at hand. This was certainly a fun read that takes you through the old streets of London. The palace, museums, plays, everything you could wish for in an educational big city trip. I appreciated the love interest that pops up in this second novel, Penelope definitely needs a companion, even as a friend. There are even pirates in the novel, so really you know that it must be fantastic. Make sure you pick this one up, especially if you have already read the first one.

First Line:
"'But the workmen swore the repairs to the house would be finished by now!'"

Favorite Line:
"'A word to the wise: Only the actors wear costumes, dear!'"
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