Monday, August 13, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place ~The Mysterious Howling
by Maryrose Wood

Flap Copy Description:
Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: "They must have been raised by wolves."

The Incorrigible children actually were.
     Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.
Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of 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 eliminate their canine tendencies.
     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 a schottische?
     Penelope is no stranger to mystery, as her own origins are also cloaked in secrecy. But as Agatha Swanburne herself once said, "Things may happen for a reason, but that doesn't mean we know what the reason is - at least, not yet."

My Thoughts:
There is so much to like about this unique novel, by Maryrose Wood, that it might just leave you howling for more - which can be accomplished since The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place - The Mysterious Howling is the first in a series by the talented author. Delightful setting descriptions of Victorian England, colorful and complex characters, and a plot that leaves you puzzled all make for a remarkable read for children from the ages of eight and up.
     The second and third books in the series - The Hidden Gallery; and The Unseen Guest - have already been released. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books were all beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen who was a faculty member at the recent SCBWI Summer Conference.

To learn more about the author - Maryrose Wood - click here:
http://maryrosewood.com/


2 comments:

  1. So many great books...so little reading time. Another one to add to my must-read list. I think I'll take a reading vacation to catch up. :)

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    1. I know the feeling Linda. Lots of reading to catch up on for me too! Thanks!

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