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The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #4)

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For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society comes the fourth book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood.

In The Interrupted Tale, Miss Penelope Lumley receives an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Expos
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published December 13th 2013)
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If you follow my ratings at all you will notice that I rarely give out five stars.

Librarians are constantly asked by parents for a series for their child who is an advanced reader. But they don't want content that is too advanced for a younger child. I offer the "Incorrigible Children" as a wonderful alternative!The Interrupted Tale book art Amazingly pithy, very complex, layered with mystery, and lots of detail for advanced readers. This is an amazing series, but be warned... there are SIX boo
When Wood is writing, or planning, whatever her process, I like to imagine her sitting there asking herself what else she could possibly throw in for entertainment. She included a song, which is possibly as far as an author can go toward "all-singing, all-dancing" without including video links.

Read alikes: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Defoe's Pirates!, Jane Eyre (sort of), The Pirates of Penzance. The humor here is kind, the perspective progressive. There is rather less howling than in the pr
Karen Arendt
Waited so long for this installment and just wished all the answers were answered! Sigh!
Feb 27, 2017 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
An improvement over the previous book, both in terms of plot and because some questions do finally get answered here. There's still a frustrating number of unanswered questions with just two books left in the series, and many of those mysteries should have been cleared up with a truthful explanation from Miss Mortimer in this book. However, it was a lot of fun to see Penelope's alma mater.
Mar 05, 2014 Gregg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is the fourth book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. In my review of the first book, I lamented the whole series thing. I worried that the author was going to drag out the story into more books than was necessary. The series won me over, though, and I've continued with it. But it's time to tie up loose ends and answer questions that have been lingering since the first book. The books are very well-written and entertaining, but I think the author is pushing her readers' co ...more
May 29, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the second audio book I took on my recent trip. As I have reported in my review of Divergent, that audio version had a terrible reader. So Iimagine my delight when I popped this in and was drawn into the world of the Incorrigibles by this reader. It was amazing! The voices of the children were spot on. The reader made all of Agatha Swanburne's sayings even more practical and endearing. I laughed out loud throughout most of it. The fifth book just came out and I am going to look for the ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I cannot get enough of this series. I love the Incorrigibles so very much, and I'm already eager for the next book!
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I'm rating up for this book because, even though it has some flaws, this series is just a joy to read.

Anyway -

We continue to story of Lumawoo and the Incorrigible children, and the plot thickens as some secrets get revealed and some only get hinted out, but with possible dire consequences.

This one seemed to focus more on Penelope than the kids, which is fine in a way since she's the protagonist even though the series is named after the kids - but I also kept thinking it was a good thing she
We Are All Mad Here
I still love this series. And I do realize it's written for middle-grade readers. BUT . . . I have officially reached the point where I am glad the next installment isn't available yet, because the storyline is actually getting a bit redundant.

The clues, or perhaps red herrings, that have been exposed seem to be pointing to several obvious conclusions. Or at least semi-obvious conclusions. But these same clues have been blatantly exposed throughout the series, with little forward progress. Penel
Sep 06, 2013 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The fun continues in this 4th book in the series. Miss Lumley (Lumawoo) is invited to speak at CAKE, an alumni event at her beloved Swanburne, so she packs up the Incorrigibles and they all go spend some time at the school.

Miss Lumley is shocked to find that things have changed for the worse at Swanburne, and her efforts to set things right involve much plotting. Plot twists ensue! Revelations of long-standing unknowns are looming large by the end of the book, but many questions still not compl
Dave Atkinson
Mar 25, 2015 Dave Atkinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best yet in the series. Iambic pentameter and ferns: so great.
Feb 06, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series more with each book! I want to hang out with the author-I feel like we could be friends.
Allie Rogers
My favorite installment so far!
-0.5 star for the sudden illustrator change. Really hate it when authors/publishers either change the covers in the middle of a series or the illustrator.

First up, I decided to delete my pre-order for the paperback. Sorry, but I have been waiting for a year already and I just couldn't wait any longer. I have now decided (well depending on if the cover also changes) to buy the hard cover of this series until the end. Why? Because I think it is absolutely ridiculous that it takes 1 or 2 years to
May 28, 2014 Alysia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I am going to tell you as much as possible about my feeling on this book (#4) without giving away any story or plot details. Or I am going to try to anyways.
In the fourth (and I think the last book) in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series, we pick up with the 3 children who were raised by wolves and their young governess, Miss Penelope Lumley having a small birthday celebration. As the story starts, Penelope receives an invitation to speak at her Alma Mater Th
Penny receives a confusing note from her favorite school, asking her to give a speech. When she arrives, things are NOT well. Mr. Quinzy (who may or may not be Edward Ashton) is running things and enacting his nefarious plans. And what has happened to Simon, the lovable playwright? And what exactly does Frederick Ashton expect Penny to do about his curse? It's all very befuddling.

I enjoyed this book but not as much as the others. It was missing something. The Incorrigibles don't play as key a r
Lyd Stew
Feb 21, 2014 Lyd Stew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Austen's version of "Mary Poppins", would be my best attempt at describing this delightful series. You can't help but love the "plucky" young governess that takes on educating three wild children with such patience and wisdom, all the while uncovering mysteries. And let us not forget her inspiration, Agatha Swanburne and her "pithy" pearls of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book. Quotes such as "To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a ...more
The main reason I've stuck faithfully with this series for so long is that I really, really, really like the author's writing style, a key factor which has drawn me into many books. Compared frequently to that of Lemony Snicket, the distinguishing feature of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place's voice is its unapologetic quirkiness, which pervades every page of the text with witty quotes, dry humor, and even the occasional etymology lesson. The same was true for this book—the writing style ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This is the third book in this series and there are a few new character: Lord Ashtons's mother and her companion, Admiral Faucet. Admiral would very much like to be the good lady's husband and he brings along a prized racing ostrich. The admiral would like to start a new business racing ostrich and, when they are too old to race, sell them for eating. Unfortunately, Bertha gets loose and the Admiral enlists Miss Penelope Lumley and her charges, the wolf raised children. Penelope is concerned tha ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series for 3-6 graders, especially if you listen on audiobook. The narrator is great, clean fun, and the story is engaging with crazy plots, rife with mystery, and quirky characters. This most recent book in the series will not be the last, once again we are left with more questions to answer. I love how the author slips in educational tidbits about topics such as "the wreck of the hesperus", the orator Demosthenes, recipes about chicken paprikash and various poems without being ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This is a fun series, especially when listening to the audiobooks. Young Penelope Lumley has been hired by the wealthy Ashtons to care for three foundling children who appear to have previously been raised by wolves. The mysteries deepen: where did the children come from? Why does Lord Frederick howl when the moon is full? What happened to Frederick's father? Is Penelope merely a governess?

These would be good books for a family road trip. But start at the beginning--the books don't re
Mel B.
Dec 20, 2013 Mel B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun installment

Another chapter in the tale of a plucky governess and her half-tamed charges. I'm hoping for a resolution in the next book. As usual, the author can't write fast enough.
Jan 11, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another clever episode in the tale of everyone's favorite Swanburne ("rhymes with fern") alumna. Full of pithy advice and academic trivia, as usual, along with some fun plot twists. Just hope we don't have to wait too long for book #5!
Not my favorite of the Incorrigibles books but Katherine Kellgren can make anything entertaining so it was still a great listen. Even not being my favorite of the four books, I still can't wait for the next one!
Aug 16, 2016 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Do your best before lunch and do your best after lunch. During lunch have a sandwich" -Agatha-
Nov 06, 2013 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as much fun as the previous books in the series. I do hope Ms. Wood is heading toward the conclusion, though.
Jun 01, 2012 Miri rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This book really felt like it should be the end of the series, so I'm hoping the next one will be.
Vicki the Cat Lady
The best installment in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series yet! Brilliantly funny and cheeky, yet Penny doesn't go off on meandering tangents this time around. The prose is still a wordy, whimsical narrative but it's not distracting like it was in the previous book "The Unseen Guest". That 3rd volume was troublesome not just in its digressions but how it left us with far more questions that answers.
WELLLLLLL, this go around we really get some juicy details! The puzzle pieces are r
Delightful! This may be my favorite Incorrigible Children novel yet!

New clues in the ongoing mysteries are revealed when Penelope and the children go back to the governess' alma mater for a special speech on the value of the school and the education the girls at Swanburn receive. Penelope and the children use their wits and good hearts to save the school from what could have become a Dickensian nightmare to a comically dismal degree. The mystery pacing is perfect, and all of the pieces fit toget
Nikki Spoelman
May 31, 2017 Nikki Spoelman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (6 books)
  • The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)
  • The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2)
  • The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #3)
  • The Unmapped Sea (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #5)
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