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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II: The Hidden Gallery Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 22, 2011
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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
“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)
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This is the second book in a trilogy, and as such, does a wonderful job of both moving the story forward, and, giving us a good read while doing so. New characters in a new setting provide interest and new information on some of the mysteries, but just enough to peak our curiosity and make us anxious to read the last book. Just what the second book in a trilogy should be; intriguing, entertaining, and just enough information to whet the appetite for more.
Speaking of wanting more...I'm off to buy the last book now; can't wait to see how it all turns out. My grandchildren are going to LOVE these stories in a few more years! : )
I like the book very well, although it seems to be mostly running in place. Book II moved the mystery forward in a big way, and in comparison, Penelope learns practically nothing in this book, except finding clues to even more mysteries. The sandwich mystery. The tarpit mystery. The Timothy the Servant mystery. The Judge Quinzy mystery. The Madame Ionesco mystery. The missing Lumleys mystery. The Ahwoo-Ahwoo Island mystery.
But the children are so entertaining, and the wolf pack is great reading, and the bird watching adds a lot. You get a glimpse of Hamlet and a glimpse of Robinson Crusoe... Maryrose Wood keeps you on your toes.
A bit too much Rainbow and Edith-Anne Pevington at this point...
We bought the audiobook and listened to it on the way to and from school. The person reading is absolutely brilliant and definitely needs a raise. She brought the story to life and made us laugh out loud. The word, "Maaayyyheeemm" with raised fist has entered into our family's lexicon.
Very highly recommended, both book and audio. I'm pretty frugal and like my audiobooks to be between $1 and $5. This audiobook falls well out of that range, but was worth every penny. Absolutely brilliant. We bought the next story immediately finishing this one.
I love these books because they combine the Gothic mysteriousness from classics that I love, with the whimsical fun and craziness of a children's book. My one compliant with this book is that I felt like the ending was not satisfactory. The action just started to jumble together and was resolved in an odd way that left way more questions than answers. Actually the entire book just brings in more questions and doesn't answer any of the old ones raised from the first book. But despite my frustration with this, I still enjoyed the act of reading this story and going along with these characters on their mysterious fun journey.
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