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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I [Kindle Edition]

Maryrose Wood , Jon Klassen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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    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)

    About the Author

    Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling, The Hidden Gallery, and The Unseen Guest—the first three books in this continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions.

    Maryrose's other qualifications for writing these tales include a scandalous stint as a professional thespian, many years as a private governess to two curious and occasionally rambunctious pupils, and whatever literary insights she may have gleaned from living in close proximity to a clever but disobedient dog.

    Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and the other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3024 KB
    • Print Length: 276 pages
    • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (6 Feb. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0037B6QVQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! 25 July 2011
    *4.5 stars*

    Utterly delicious, like a fabulous chocolate truffle. I haven't laughed so much over a book in a very long time!

    I was a little uncertain at first about whether the extremely-knowing narrative voice might become a little grating over time - but I was totally wrong about that. A few chapters into the book, I was giggling uncontrollably. Then midway through, I had a sudden emotional clench when something scary happened - and I realized to my shock just HOW emotionally attached I had become to the adorably wolfy Incorrigibles along the way. I cared quite desperately about them and their welfare by the end, even as I continued to laugh at the wonderful humor.

    My only very small complaint about the book is that I really wish there had been more resolution of at least one of the storylines at the end of this first book in the series...but that just makes me even more eager to read Book 2 (which is already out, hooray) straight away.
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 17 May 2010
    By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Having graduated a year early from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, fifteen-year-old Penelope Lumley is off to interview for a governess position at Ashton Place. After a rushed meeting with Lady Constance, Penelope is shocked to discover three dirty, wild-haired children howling in the stables.

    Much to his bride of six month's consternation, Lord Ashton discovered the feral group while hunting the woods of his vast estate and decided to keep them. Now, Penelope must draw upon every ounce of ingenuity and skill at her disposal in order to civilize the incorrigible trio.

    Successful teen author Maryrose Wood makes her middle-grade debut with a charming, lighthearted Victorian mystery featuring a heroine brimming with intelligent gumption and a supporting cast that is (respectively) endearing, humorous, fluttery, pompous, and downright vexing. By juxtaposing the historical circumstances and details with examples from contemporary life, Ms. Wood gives young readers easily identifiable touchstones for reference.

    All in all, a winning combo that has me eagerly anticipating the next installment.

    Reviewed by: Cat
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for second book! 30 Jun. 2011
    My 10 year old daughter loved this book and I have to admit I had a read of it too. She compared it to a cross between the Series of Unfortunate Events books and a Nanny McPhee film. Nice opportunities in the book to improve your knowledge of some obscure and not so obscure words. She wants the second book now but will have to wait for it to come out in paperback!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars such a surprise 15 Dec. 2013
    By hugh
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    This is a great book old fashioned and modern at the same time. The characters are straight out of regency and mary poppins style stories but with a more modern humour, almost a commentary on these historical tales. would recommend to anyone, also the audio performances of these are fantastic
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Incorrigble children of Ashton place 2 Jan. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book is amazing I was A little unsure at first I must admit but after four chapters I couldn't understand why I haven't read that book and all of the rest of the books concerning miss Penople Lumly and Alexzander, Berwolf and Casopiea
    Absolute five star :D
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun 25 Dec. 2012
    I was looking up some books for a customer at work and ended up checking amazon for something, I noticed this in the 'recommended' bit underneath. When I was finished what I was doing I went back to have a look. The tile was the first thing to catch my attention as it's very unusual. Reading the synopsis made me think a little bit of Lemony Snicket (which I love) sort of crossed with children's adventure stories like Chris Mould's Wickedly Weird series (again which I love). So I looked it up on our library system and found it in one of the branches and requested it.
    The storyline sounded silly enough to be fun. so I settled down with it to start reading.
    Miss Penelope Lumley was brought up in the school for 'Poor Bright Females' and has graduated a year ahead of her class, we meet her as she is setting off, just 15 years old on her way to her first ever job interview as a governess. She comes across as very sensible and instantly likeable. Within the first few pages I was prepared to find out more about this lady.
    She travels to a posh estate house called Ashton Place dreaming of being the perfect governess to happy, bright children with lots of animals and they'd have all sorts of wonderful learning experiences, but little does she know that the children are not at all what she is expecting.
    Lady Constance runs the house and is the one to hire Penelope, she is a typical stately woman, young but married into wealth. Her husband is hardly ever around and they don't seem to have a good relationship for fairly newly weds but it adds to the mystery of the book. Lady Constance made me laugh quite a lot as she is so melodramatic.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tale 28 Nov. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I can recommend this book - even though I am an adult! In fact I liked it so much I bought the rest of the series and was disappointed. There are the odd American influences - cents were not around in Victorian England. I love the sayings and the way the English language is explained.
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    Great fun, lots of new words to challenge my 9 year old. We are enjoying reading this together
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    My ten years old niece loves it. The delivery was really quick!
    Published 4 months ago by IGH
    3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
    Read this recently having read some of the reviews. Its an interesting and enjoyable read but not as funny as I was expecting.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read
    I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I really liked this book. The characters were well rounded and likeable and the plot was intriguing. Read more
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    Published 5 months ago by Mr. Dennis Thornton
    5.0 out of 5 stars Me and my daughter (10) enjoyed this book very much
    Me and my daughter (10) enjoyed this book very much. It is very humourous and exciting and we thought Penelope was an excellent character.
    Published 5 months ago by Sussed
    3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but incomplete, written in american, caricaturish
    For me the main reasons for just 3 stars are that the story is incomplete (presumbly a ploy to induce you to buy the second book), and that it is written in american. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by J.A.Abbott
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incorrigible children - book
    Hours of reading fun, very well written. Happy to recommend this seller
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