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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 23, 2010
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If you were to hire a governess from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, you would find yourself with a young lady of exceptionable talents, knowledge, and intellect. Such is the case when Lord Frederick and Lady Constance hire fifteen-year-old Penelope Lumley to be governess of three children. The catch? Well, they're not your average nippers, these three. Found on the sprawling acreage of Lord Frederick's estate, the children appear to have been raised entirely by wolves. Literally. Their new guardians have dubbed them "The Incorrigibles" and are expecting miracles. Now it is up to Miss Lumley to get them civilized and educated or it's to the orphanage with them and unemployment for her. And there are certainly strange goings on at Ashton Place, that's for certain. Does someone have it in for the children?Read more ›
The children adapt and learn quickly, but Wood makes them consistent to their wolfly roots, throwing in squirrel chases and conversations with housedogs. They seem like believable characters, as believable as children raised by wolves can be, I suppose, and all of the other main characters in the story are just as ridiculous but lovable, as any good historical satire of Victorian society would be.
Wood's writing style reminds me of the dry wit of Roald Dahl, and it's about time that we had books in that style again. I can't wait to read the rest of the series as it comes out, and I recommend this to readers 9+, focusing more on 9-12.
-Lindsey Miller, [...]
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is a charming and unconventional tale. It's told in an authentic and highly entertaining voice that lends itself to the setting of the novel, sophisticated and proper, yet very entertaining and accessible to younger readers (for example, when discussing a tableaux vivant, the narrator says, "No doubt this will sound dull to the modern viewer whose tastes have been shaped by more advanced forms of entertainment featuring zombies and so forth..."). These little references to more modern items are a bit surpsing at first, but they are few and far between. The characters are of course eccentric, from the three Incorrigibles Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia and their quirky, canine, and squirrel-chasing tendencies, all the way to the lord and lady of Ashton Place. In the middle of it all, Penelope is a clever and resourceful heroine with gumption and smarts who isn't easily cowed.Read more ›
We often pick up the first book in a series just to see if we enjoy the writer - get to the end, and if you're not hooked, don't get more. In this case - that would have felt like reading half a book, and been very disappointing.Plan to read the whole set, or not at all.
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This is a cute story for children. This story line is interesting and easy to follow.
What throws you off is how the author takes moments within the story to explain some... Read more
This book is amazing. I enjoyed reading it and I can't wait to read the next one. 😊 😊 😊Published 1 month ago by Beth
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
It was fun thrilling and mysterious.
I would recommend this book to all ages.
I've been sucked in,I have to by the other books!!
Only complaint is that the 6th hasn't been published yet, and we want to hear more!!Published 3 months ago by S. Amato
I read this book at the recommendation of a neice who is reading it with her nine-year-old daughter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dee Dee Chumley Okie Reader
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t remember how I find out about this book. I think it was recommended to me by a co-worker or was one of the recommendation I found on... Read more