- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
- Series: Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Gift edition (December 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061791229
- ISBN-13: 978-0061791222
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV: The Interrupted Tale Hardcover – Deckle Edge, December 17, 2013
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Gr 4–6—In Wood's continuing comic-gothic series, nanny Penelope Lumley is called back to the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females to deliver a speech at the Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition, and she takes her three wolfish charges along. They find things much changed from Penelope's pleasant descriptions of the institution that was so instrumental in forming her character and philosophy. The Board of Directors has experienced something along the lines of a hostile takeover. Any enjoyment of life on the part of the poor, bright females is being squelched. It doesn't take long for Penelope to suspect that Judge Quinzy, who now heads the Board, is actually the supposedly deceased father of Lord Ashton and that he is after a book that may hold clues about the mysterious curse of the Ashtons. Readers learn that the three incorrigible children are not the only wolfish humans in the series and also a fair amount about poetic feet-especially iambic pentameter. It is all great fun and delightfully complicated-an essential purchase for libraries owning the previous three titles.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY
*Starred Review* Happily, the mysteries deepen at Ashton Place in this fourth volume in the Incorrigible Children series. Let us recap: the incorrigibles are three children raised by wolves but under the care of Lord Ashton, with Miss Penelope Lumley serving as their governess. Odd things happen at Ashton place, including Lord Fredrick’s propensity to howl at the moon. But here the action shifts to Penny’s alma mater, Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, which is in distress. A new board of directors wishes to change everything, including calling it the School for Miserable Girls. Can Penny help halt this disastrous turn of events? In this book, we come to that part in a series where one cannot really join in the fun without having read the previous books. And there is much fun to be had as the incorrigibles—Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia—entangle themselves in the Swanburne world. Family mysteries become more mysterious, and chickens learn to dance. Once again delightful wordplay and a plot that snakes itself around a suspicious family tree add to the deliciousness. It looks as if one more book should answer questions, but there are quite a lot of them. Readers will wait eagerly to learn where the children came from, to whom they are related, and why Penny must continue to color her hair that deadly brown. Hmmm. To be illustrated. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This series has amassed a large coterie of fans who will be eagerly looking to see how everything comes together. Grades 4-6. --Ilene Cooper
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The clues, or perhaps red herrings, that have been exposed seem to be pointing to several obvious conclusions. Or at least semi-obvious conclusions. But these same clues have been blatantly exposed throughout the series, with little forward progress. Penelope's hair color has been hidden to keep her safe. Her hair color matches that of the Incorrigibles. Someone secretly took care of the Incorrigibles when they were living with the wolves. Old Timothy seems to be everywhere and know everything. Judge Quinzy, or whoever he is (no spoilers here) is up to something.
I'm beginning to feel that the secret or secrets, whatever they are, are not going to be too very astounding because it just TOOK TOO LONG TO GET THERE.
Anyway. This one was still funny, taking the readers away from Ashton Place again, this time to the Swanburne school, which seems to be in a bit of financial (and other) trouble. Penelope delivers a filibuster, chickens perform a dance routine, and Frederick Ashton learns that howling at the moon might not be so bad. Still an enjoyable read, but I, for one, am happy for a break.
Wood’s absurd acronyms and witty parenthetical anecdotes appeal to grownups. I can’t imagine juvenile readers could enjoy this series more than I do. As a high school English Language Arts teacher, I have students of varying reading levels in my classroom. Although Amazon denotes the reading level for this series as grades 3-7, I’ve found Wood’s Incorrigibles to delight much older students.
Eliza Wheeler’s straightforward illustrations capture Wood’s storytelling perfectly. The tale would be excellent without illustrations, but I’m so glad they are present. The picture showing Simon’s piratical abduction in Chapter 10 made me snort aloud!
If a resolution comes in Book 5, I’ll be a little sad!
Please consider this series as a gift idea for young readers and adults who like to laugh. Reading teachers: get it for your shelves!
The author gives some big hints about where this saga is headed and I am so ready for a bit of resolution for this crew...one can have only so many cliff-hangers.
If you liked the other books in this series, I think you will also find this entertaining. If you haven't meet this incorrigible kids, start with book one and enjoy. This book is appropriate for older children and adults.
The portrait, the auburn hair, Miss Charlotte Mortimer.
The howling is treated very well.
Great inside jokes: extinction, the fall of Rome, Demosthenes. Well done sequel -- I'll buy the next one.
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Book four… Another quick read. I felt the mystery things going on kept on dragging since book one.Read more