- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 850 (What's this?)
- Series: Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Book 1)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (April 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062366931
- ISBN-13: 978-0062366931
- ASIN: 0062366939
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 196 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling Paperback – April 21, 2015
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It’s the best beginning since The Bad Beginning (1999) [by Lemony Snicket] and will leave readers howling for the next episode. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“How hearty and delicious...Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and funny and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom (thank you, Agatha Swanburne). How will it all turn out? Appetites whetted.” (Booklist (starred review))
With a Snicketesque affect, Wood’s narrative propels the drama…pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire. Humorous antics and a climactic cliff-hanger ending will keep children turning pages and clamoring for the next volume, while more sophisticated readers will take away much more. Frequent plate-sized illustrations add wit and period flair. (School Library Journal (starred review))
Every newspaper and website in America is going to tell you that The Mysterious Howling will leave you HOWLING FOR MORE! So I’m not going to say that. But it’s really good. (Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday)
From the Back Cover
Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were.
Discovered in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. A proud graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, she must use all her skills to tame these clever canine children. Latin, poetry, and the use of globes will simply have to wait.
But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is that howling in the attic?
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For any kid looking for a mystery series that will also make you laugh this is what you’re looking for! I heard about the series from the Read-aloud Revival Podcast. I quickly blazed through the series and even as an adult I loved them. I’ve now decided to buy the series to read to my 6 year old and save for her to read herself as she gets older.
I admit, I judged this book by it’s cover when I first heard about it (as Agatha Swanburne would say “A book is always judged by it’s cover until it is read”), thinking it would be some kind of horror novel. I couldn’t have been more wrong and so pleasantly surprised. The writing is witty and refreshing, interesting enough for even adults to be kept interested.
We read all four so far, and can hardly wait for the next one to be released this year.
The governess is only 15 when she takes on the challenge of not only educating the children in the English language, but also in how to dress properly. I loved the names of the children: Cassiopeia, Beowulf, and Alexander. It gave a since of charm and age to the story. In the midst of trying to teach the children, Penelope finds someone is trying to stop her. The mysteries continue to the end leaving an even bigger mystery that leads us to the next book. I loved it. I believe any fan of the Lemony Snicket books will find this series just as charming.
I raced through it to get to the end; imagine my surprise when I learned that there was a third installment due out the end of March. I was pretty disappointed, but of course, now that I've read it too, I'm satisfied. And is there a fourth one in the works too?
I still do not know the entire mystery surrounding the three Incorrigible Children and Miss Lumley, but it's an adorable set of books that I can recommend to everyone who loves the middle-grade reader category of books and especially the British style of this genre.
So, if you want a book that will delight a young reader, (really, children raised by wolves being brought back into polite society?), and that will also amuse the adult helping to read it, well I don't see how you could do much better than this.