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The Mysterious Howling: Lolongan Misterius (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)

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Alexander, Cassiopeia, dan Beowulf bukanlah anak-anak biasa. Mereka dibesarkan oleh serigala di dalam hutan kediaman Keluarga Ashton. Baru berumur lima belas tahun dan seorang lulusan dari Akademi Swanburne, Miss Penelope Lumley menerima tantangan mengajar anak-anak unik itu untuk menghilangkan kecenderungan sifat dan perilaku serigala di dalam diri mereka. Mampukah Penelo ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 2012 by Ufuk Publishing House (first published January 1st 2009)
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Elaine Rose The unanswered questions are definitely Snicket-like, but while reading this there wasn't much of a resemblance otherwise. That is to say, it's…moreThe unanswered questions are definitely Snicket-like, but while reading this there wasn't much of a resemblance otherwise. That is to say, it's completely it's own book (or series if you're really interested).(less)
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Melki
An innocent young lady arriving at a mysterious mansion to look after some wealthy person's children is not exactly a new theme, but I'm quite certain it's never been done this way before. Imagine Lemony Snicket and Victoria Holt had a doomed, clandestine encounter on a dark, forbidding moor somewhere . . . and this book was their secret shame, the bastard love-child of that tear-stained coupling.

Sniff.

Anyway, our dear Miss Lumley, bright eyed and bushy tailed, is eager to mold the minds of her
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Shana
Jul 23, 2010 Shana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you see the date I finished this book, you may (or may not, who can say?) be surprised to know that I started it on July 22nd and only read on public transportation and a bit while walking down 7th Ave. in Manhattan on my way to work this morning. (That's dangerous, though, and I wouldn't recommend it even if you are rather experienced at reading and walking.)

I bought the book on a whim. I liked that it had the word "incorrigible" on the cover, and the illustration appealed to me. I'm in arre
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Betsy
Feb 01, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you're a parent or a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller who reads a lot of children's books, you sometimes wish for fun. Children's books are often by their very nature "fun". But there's fun that's strained and trying to appeal to everyone and then there's fun that appears to be effortless. You read a book, are transported elsewhere, lose track of time, and never want the story to end. It's the kind of fun a person encounters in a book like Book One of The Incorrigible Children of Asht ...more
Charlyn
Hmmmm, take the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. Then make Anne Sullivan a fifteen-year-old first-time nanny from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and make Helen Keller three children raised by wolves and found by a wealthy landowner. Then set it in Victorian England and add large punches of Lemony Snicket-y humor and you've got a fair idea of this book. Oh, yes, make it a series, with the first one ending leaving the reader wanting more.

Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia (
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Paula
Jan 09, 2010 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some serious problems with this book. I will present them in a list:

1. The sub-title, "The Mysterious Howling." This "mysterious howling" is only mentioned in the last chapter and never revealed. It is a weak attempt at drawing readers into committing to reading the next book in the series.

2. There is absolutely no reason for this book to become a series. There is not enough meat to it. It could have been a good one-off book, if the author had been allowed to address #1 and finish it a
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Destinee Sutton
Another Lemony Snicket-y goody! Its only shortcoming as a book is that it's the first in a series and therefore a big tease. No revelations, just setup. But really funny, smart, enjoyable setup.

It's a fantastic audiobook--I dare say possibly better than reading it because the narrator does some awesome howling. Today I kept hearing "Lumawoo" and "Cassawoof" and "Nutsawoo" in my head. So great!
Miriam
Apr 18, 2010 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian, younger
Totally implausible but endearing story-beginning of a fifteen-year-old orphan (who seems more like 30) employed as governess to three children raised by wolves. Humor and hijinks abound.
E.B.
May 16, 2013 E.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might start with a quote (no, not by the great Ms. Agatha Swanburne; no, neither is it by the plucky heroine of our story, Miss Penelope Lumley). I start with a quote by the authoress herself, Miss Maryrose Wood:

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) just a bowl of cherries. It is far more likely to be a bowl of problems, worries, and difficulties. This is
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Kirsty
Jan 27, 2017 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2017
I don't often read children's books nowadays (I hide almost entirely behind the guise of being a sophisticated adult), but I had heard great things about Maryrose Wood's work - namely that her Ashton Place series is much like a cross between Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and my beloved Jane Eyre. It also reminded me quite a bit of Colin Meloy's Wildwood books.

The Mysterious Howling, the first in the Ashton Place series, is well written throughout, and engaging from the very be
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Stephanie
I read this in one sitting last night. It was very "Lemony Snickett-y" is the tone and sense of humor. I thought Miss Lumley (also known as Lumawoo) was adorable in her no-nonsense governess position. And the children, so funny, the little wolflings with their wild habits and trusting ways. I will look for the next in this series. I will also recommend them to my nieces (ages 10 and 9) as I believe this is a good series for little girls.
Jackie "the Librarian"
In this amusing book, similar in style to the Lemony Snicket "Series of Unfortunate Events" series, but not as dark or arch, 15 year old Penelope Lumley, nervous but determined, is sent from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females to work as a governess (in the style of Jane Eyre). She is hopeful of finding bright young children to fill up with learning and, ideally, ponies. She has a thing for ponies.

The gimmick is, the children, two boys and a girl, need some remedial work first, as the
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Jessica
Mar 23, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful!

I had only vaguely heard of this book until this spring, when Maryrose Wood spoke at a conference I attended. She was so lovely I bought this and had it signed for my kids, mostly to sort of high-five her for her great keynote address. But I thought I'd read it myself before passing it on... So wonderful! I don't really like a lot of recent middle grade- shocking, I know! There are too many bickering siblings and idiot parents for my taste. But there was none of that here. Instead it
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Kathryn
This is the thoroughly charming Victorian tribute/spoof tale of Miss Penelope Lumley, fifteen years old and a new graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, and her first job as governess. When she arrives at Ashton Place, she is greeted the a wildly enthusiastic young mistress (recently married) who seems rather too eager to engage Miss Lumley in the position, even going so far as to have her sign a contract. The "mysterious howling" noise Penelope hears gives her only momentary ...more
Morgan
May 26, 2013 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. The set-up was fun, and the writing is endearing, but when you think of the premise of an overly young Victorian governess bringing children raised by wolves into high society, well, antics ensue, right? Yes. On page 220.

The rest of the book is about a nice schoolmarm that teaches these three students with unbelievable effectiveness whilst they behave themselves. The book is more a catalog of what they learn and how good they are (oops one accidentally opens a
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Sesana
I wasn't quite sure what to expect about this book. Feral children, yes, certainly, but the synopsis makes it sound anything but serious. And I was delighted to discover that it really isn't.

More than anything, I would call this a sort of gentle poke at (and tribute to) Victorian governess stories, with a narrator that felt somewhat Lemony to me. It's enhanced by the deliberately dramatic reading of the narrator on the audiobook, which made the whole thing great fun to listen to. Sure, it's wond
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Alison
Imagine a cross between Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Jane Eyre, and that would give you an idea of how engrossing and enjoyable the first book in Maryrose Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series is. Miss Penelope Lumley is 15 years old, and having completed her studies at Agatha Swanburne's Academy for Poor Bright Females, she is summoned to an interview at Ashton Place, the home of Lord and Lady Ashton. She is expecting a rigorous interview, and is instead ...more
Melissa Chung
I wanted to like this book more, but I just didn't. The beginning started off very well. Penelope Lumley, a fifteen year old graduate from Swanburne Academy is on her way to, hopefully a new job. Penelope is very nervous, this being her first job interview. When she arrives at Ashton Place, she is disturbed to hear howling and barking. The lady of the house, Lady Constance, hires Miss Lumely before giving any details about the children. We the readers find out in the first chapter that the child ...more
Kayla Edwards
This was a really intriguing novel about a young governess who gets tricked into taking care of three children who seem to have been raised by wolves before being found by a hunter one day. But there's something very fishy going on; someone seems to sabotaging the children's efforts to assimilate, but who? It is reminiscent of Jane Eyre, kind of a children's version with a touch of The Jungle Book. I got into and it was very fast-paced. It would have easily had a 5 star review if not for the end ...more
Kiwi
May 11, 2015 Kiwi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya, for-r
I picked this book because I liked its retro drawings, in addition to the cover, the book includes a number of sketches that illustrate events in the story, they bring back memories of my childhood well thumbed) books.



This book target audience is 7-12 years olds and it has wonderful descriptive language, which is something that I appreciate in children’s books. I read it alongside my son who also approved this novel (great bonus, Yay for mum!). The story is engaging, the appeal of a mystery and
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Donalyn
The humor and Victorian sensibility of this book will remind readers of Lemony Snicket. Miss Penelope Lumley, a fifteen year old orphan and recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, accepts her first job as governess to three mysterious children who were literally raised by wolves. Charged by Lord and Lady Ashton, the owners of the estate on which the children were found, to civilize and educate these "incorrigible" children, Penelope designs a curriculum that includes La ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Miss Penelope Lumley is eager to embrace her first job as a governess. She has just graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and is ready to put the sayings of the school's founder, the redoubtable Agatha Swanburne, into action. Though her plans to teach her pupils Latin declensions might have to be put on hold for awhile at least. The thing is, when she arrives at Ashton Place she learns the truth, her three charges were found in the woods where it is presumed they were rais ...more
Amy
Dec 24, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

I am very picky about children's books. I used to do children's programming at a public library and I am very passionate about juvenile literature. When I initially heard about this new series, I was intrigued and I am so happy that I was able to get an advance copy of the first book.

Miss Penelope Lumley (a cross between Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre) leaves the Swaburne Academy for Poor Bright Females in answer to an advertisement for a go
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
I seriously did not think I could love an audiobook performance more than I love Katherine Kellgren's narration of the Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer. And then she narrated The Mysterious Howling. Holy cow. I am in awe of Ms. Kellgren's talent! Old men, teen girls, simpering married women, wolfish children howling at the moon, she went at all of them with gusto and I loved every minute of it!

Miss Penelope Lumley has just graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She has no
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Jackie
I downloaded this audio for free courtesy of YA Sync’s Summer Program. I really wouldn’t have come across it otherwise, since these books are in the juvenile section of the library. A section that I don’t frequent unless I’m looking for something in particular, because I’m ashamed to admit that I consider it the “baby” section of the library. Shame on me, because I discovered that while looking for the second book in this series there was a whole YA section I was missing out on. Not only that, b ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Listening to The Mysterious Howling has further gotten me thinking on the subject of what makes a book marketable for a particular age group. The Mysterious Howling has a pretty sophisticated writing style and the heroine and villain (of sorts) are both teenagers. Yet it’s marketed as a middle grade. With this, I give up. Books are books and we should read them if we want to, no matter who they’re supposedly for. Who’s with me?

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.

April
Holy moly. Can I give an adoption certificate to fiction characters? Cuz I want to take the Incorrigibles – the three orphans raised by wolves from the pages of The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood and keep them in my home. You guys, I actually read the second book of the Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place series first, but that totes does not diminish my love in any way.

Read the rest of my review here
Hilary
Jun 28, 2016 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raised by wolves children find stately home and governess. Wolf tendencies prevail although lovely governess does her best. Stately home owners show themselves and friends in a bad light. Lots of mystery, humour, and lovely names. Lumawoo is wonderful and wise beyond her years. Some philosophy on if it's morally right to kill. The story was quite climactic at the party towards the end but reached no conclusion. I don't feel we have been left on a cliff hanger, more we have started on a huge book ...more
GraceAnne
Dec 21, 2009 GraceAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is terrific: witty, funny, droll, completely absorbing. It is the beginning of a series that comes to a good end without really solving any of the mysteries, but leaving one satisfied. The language is crisp and witty, with asides and delights. Edward Gorey would be proud.
Tasha
Nov 28, 2016 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-reads
A cute story. Narrated well on audio. The cover art drew me to pick up the book.
Nancy
May 12, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, childrens
This was such a fun audiobook to listen to. I had a blast with it, and was genuinely sad when it ended. That's actually the reason why I only gave this 3 stars instead of 4. I was anticipating the reason why Lord Ashton was so frequently absent, why he felt so possessive of those 3 little orphan children, who could have possibly set up Lady Ashton for such a disaster despite all of her careful planning, and why on earth is Old Timothy the coachman so very suspicious? And just when all of these e ...more
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Maryrose grew up in the wild suburbs of Long Island, moved to New York City at age 17 to study acting at New York University, then dropped out to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical — which flopped.

Lean and action-packed years of acting, directing, and making drunk people laugh at comedy clubs followed. Becoming a writer seemed the only way out of this Dickensian existence.

Maryrose started out
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