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, NY : Balzer + Bray, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061791055
Characteristics: 267 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon - Illustrator


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Sep 17, 2019

AR Quiz No. 135540 EN Fiction
 IL: MG - BL: 6.8 - AR Pts: 9.0

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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 29, 2018

I've been meaning to read this book for ages -- the cover art alone was screaming my name, plus I am powerless to resist any book involving orphans -- and I am glad I did because not only did I find it quirky and weird and hilarious, it FINALLY gave me a book that I feel is really, truly an excellent readalike for the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Those books are hard to find readalikes for, but this shares a similarly dark sense of humor (and similarly incompetent/menacing adults, except for the much put-upon governess) and I really do think it's a great readalike for that series. Finally!

plymc_lindsAy 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.

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Apr 28, 2019

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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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