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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II: The Hidden Gallery Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 5 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061791121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061791123
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Another series of uproarious escapades. fans of the first book will be happy to go along for the madcap ride.” (School Library Journal)

“[A] madcap sequel. Great fun, and it wouldn’t be optoomuchstic to expect more to come.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were.

Thanks to their plucky governess, Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

Yet the Incorrigibles are not entirely civilized, and still managed to ruin Lady Constance's Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. As they explore the city, Penelope and the Incorrigibles discover more about themselves as clues about the children's and Penelope's own mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways. . . ." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Sometimes surreal, often hilarious, this book made me laugh out loud in a crowded café, and I gobbled it all up with total delight. I love, love, love this series! The Incorrigibles are wonderful, and the mad zaniness of this whole book is just delicious.

It is such a pleasure to read such a funny series, with so much heart underneath the humor.

My favorite Swanburne-ism from this book: "As Agatha Swanburne once said, 'To be kept waiting in unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions.'"

I am definitely a Swanburne girl wannabe!
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Continues to be a quirky enjoyable series. Might not to be everyone's tastes and occasionally I get annoyed by the ranking and what feels like unnecessarily long-windedness. However if you like the first one, then you'll probably like this. If you haven't read the first one, definitely don't read this - they're surreal enough!
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An improvement over the first one making so glad to have stuck to them. So excited waiting for the third in paperback in January. Just hoping some things start to get answered rather than just more mysteries or it could turn frustrating.

More exciting, varied and involving than the first.
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I love this series. I have read the first and second book in one weekend.
What a treasure to find, the writing bounces along taking the reader along for the ride with intriguing plot lines and well rounded characters.
The only criticism I have is that whilst the book is a joy to read, I did feel that the plot didn't move along as quickly as I would have liked.
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I read book 1 a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I found it fresh and fun and wanted to know more, so I ordered this book at the library. It came in yesterday and I thought I would start it quickly. (it's quite short with good sized print so I knew it wouldn't take long).
Anyway The Hidden Gallery follows on right where book 1 ends. The house is trashed, the children in disgrace and Lady Ashton in a frightful state as usual. Deciding it's time to get away they decide to go on a trip to London. Once there things only get more confusing. The origin of the Children is still a mystery, Lord Ashton's strange behaviour is still not explained and now there is a strange Gypsy woman scaring them with crazy predictions. Why is it so important that Miss Lumley dye her hair and what has Agatha Swanburne got to do with it all.
The mystery is very well layered and will have you turning the pages to know more, but each time you think you are about to get an answer the mystery just gets deeper. This series is very Lemony Snicket like and in a way that is one of the things I love about it. It's fresh, sweet, intriguing and enjoyable.
The Hidden Gallery is set in 1850 I think so has some historical elements which I enjoyed reading about and added a certain charm to it. The language in the book is just charming and creates a whole feel to the book and makes it all seem so much more realistic.
Lady Constance is once again very melodramatic and over the top, it would be annoying if it wasn't so funny, but I really did find myself laughing at some of her ridiculous statements.
The children are also developing well as characters and developing stronger personalities. I did get slightly irritated by the constant 'woooo's added to the end of words.
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This book is great to read together with the kids as it throws up so many questions and mysteries about who each character is and what's going on...we look forward to the release of book 3!
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Great fun for children of all ages. They only fault is that Americanisms creep in at times. I am hooked on the series and can't wait for the next book and I'm over 60 years old!
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