The Mysterious Howling

The Mysterious Howling

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Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061791055
Branch Call Number: J WOO
Characteristics: 267 p. : ill. --
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon


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Apr 25, 2019

I love this whole series, I have the whole set. I love how Maryrose Wood mixes mystery with humor and a bit of family love. I absolutely love the incorrigible children. Wood makes all her characters so real, and really, this series is so unique, it's such a original idea.

Jack__Simons Nov 20, 2018

Picked this one up solely based on the cover. I had no clue what it was about. I was so surprised to realize what it was about, but absolutely loved it! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

LPL_PeteF Sep 07, 2018

Although I am fairly intrigued by the portentous details revealed at the book's end, nearly everything else about Wood's project is too formulaic to sustain my interest. I will most likely not be reading the next book in the series. Everything here seems, or means-tested, as if the events of the book were happening inside of a snowglobe sold in the Urban Outfitters children section. This is not to say, of course, that there's something inherently wrong about being marketable, however I do point to the existence of five (5!) other books in this series as evidence of this publishing team's true intentions. For readers especially fond of animal humor and Jane Austen.

kobrien3 Mar 13, 2018

I chose this book because I love Jon Klassen's illustrations and when I saw that his work was included in this middle grade series I had to give it a shot. I really enjoyed this story of a young girl who has been hired on as the governess of three mysterious and wild children. The author's style of including witty and clever asides to the reader reminds me of Lemony Snicket and Catherynne Valente, and fans of those authors might enjoy this whimsical historical mystery. I will definitely be picking up the sequel to find out what happens next!

Feb 16, 2018

This was a very enjoyable story and certainly invites the reader to continue reading the series. Penelope Lumley is a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and is anxious to represent her alma mater well in her first position as a governess. Her first students are a howling challenge -- literally. They were discovered in the woods after being raised by wolves. It is a joy to watch Miss Lumley take on the challenge with creativity and tenacity. You can't help but root for her and cheer as she sees the results of her teaching. There is much yet to be discovered. Why is the old coachman always lurking? Where are Penelope's parents? Where are the parents of her young charges? On to Book 2!

magiimayy Jan 13, 2018

A great book! Love the strong main character. Can't wait to keep reading this series!

gsplColleen Nov 22, 2017

Absolutely wonderful book and series! Laugh-out-loud funny, with fantastic long sentences; great for reading out loud!

vpl_childrens May 02, 2017

Interest level: ages 8-12. As a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope finds herself at Ashton Place as governess for the three Incorrigible children who have been raised by wolves. This first volume in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series is hilarious and full of wonderfully curious mysteries.

Sep 23, 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Humour. Penelope is an orphaned fifteen-year old girl, educated at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. Trained as a governess, Penelope is hired to take charge of three "incorrigible" children. She soon discovers that they are not your typical bunch of naughty children. They are actual feral, communicating in yips, nips and howls. She soon settles them into their lessons, including Latin, as the reader begins to uncover the secrets of the children's mysterious past. First in a series, this charming novel will delight readers and listeners. It is perfect for reading aloud and is available in audiobook and e-book formats.Series: Also available as an ebook and audiobook

QueenBoadicea Jul 21, 2015

There are many novels that play with the notion of a haunted house with a mysterious brooding owner, a fragile wife and a sardonic, sulking servant lurking in the background. “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling” dabbles with these tropes in a slightly more lighthearted way, throwing in feral children supposedly lost in the woods who are “rescued” by the near-sighted and dangerously trigger-happy neglectful lord of the manor. The mystery behind these children deepens with every chapter. Someone wants them hunted like prey; it is chilling to read the passage where huntsmen debate whether they are people to be respected or animals to be tracked down and slaughtered. Lady Constance, a twittering woman with an unexpected backbone of steel, wants them sent away to an orphanage but is powerless to combat her husband on the issue. Lord Ashton gives the children names but shows no real warmth or tenderness towards them; however, he refuses to part with them. There’s also a coachman who hovers eerily in the distance but remains silent as a ghost. Since there are no answers to these enigmas given in the first volume, the reader is forced to ignore the so-called mystery and instead see matters from the point of view of one Penelope Lumley, a 15-year-old governess who takes the trio of children firmly in hand. Penelope is a delightful heroine in the old school of writing. Having been brought up as practically an orphan, she is an imaginative but sensible, sharp and plain girl who balances daring with caution and firmness with kindness. Ms. Wood avoids the pitfall of making Penelope too sweet or biddable (there are plenty of paragraphs detailing her saucy thoughts of what she’d like to say to put her foolish employers in their place). Nevertheless, it is a treat to read her actions, thoughts and successful attempts to handle her charges. “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place” is a series worth sticking to, if only to find out how Ms. Lumley handles her sprightly trio and deals with the unknown enemies swirling around them.

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Jul 10, 2014

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?


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Apr 22, 2011

If you have ever opened a can of worms, boxed yourself into a corner, ended up in hot water, or found yourself in a pretty pickle,you already know that life is rarely (if ever) a bowl of cherries.


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