The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II: The Hidden Gallery Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 5 Apr 2011
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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)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
More exciting, varied and involving than the first.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book was for my granddaughter's birthday as she asked for it so Ipresume she has enjoyed other booksPublished 10 months ago by eileen smith
I finished reading this book today. It's a great series with the children, governess and the weird Ashtons'. This time they all head to London with their adventure.Published on 3 Jun. 2014 by Cas Allas Mazda
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