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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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“[A] madcap sequel. Great fun, and it wouldn’t be optoomuchstic to expect more to come.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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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.
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.
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?Read more ›
As charming and as riotously funny as its prequel, The Hidden Gallery delves deeper into the greater mysteries surrounding the lives of one plucky governess and her (somewhat) reformed charges. Part of what makes this series of books so enjoyable is Wood's unique voice. She tells a wonderful story while imparting her modern sensibilities and perspectives within the historical setting. It not only is engaging, but makes the books accessible for kids who might find historical fiction a struggle. Charming Penelope is equally as winning--her passion for teaching and for bringing up the Incorrigibles is wonderful, and her sensible outlook on matters concerning the mystery of the hidden gallery and the children's origins just rackets up the suspense. Though answers are scarce and revelations are slow, the action in this installment is more than enough to keep readers entertained. Theatrical in its drama and thrilling in its escapades, the plot of The Hidden Gallery will be hard to tear away from--though who would want to? The book wraps up nicely with the promise of a sequel, new friends, and even a hint at the supernatural. Make sure you have book three, The Unseen Guest, on hand.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The second novel of the series was a fun read. It was a quick read as well. This one had much more mystery and none had been revealed yet. Read more
This is the 2nd book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. After the massive destruction that occurred during the Christmas ball, the household sets off to their... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Such an innocently and optimistically written story. I love the way the author weaves a great story while teaching simple lessons of all shapes and sizes.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was prepared to give this one 5 stars, even though I gave the first book 4 stars. I just really loved most of the book and grew extra fond of the writing style and of Miss... Read morePublished 16 months ago by stinaddwi