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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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Karen Arendt
Waited so long for this installment and just wished all the answers were answered! Sigh!
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
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
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
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

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
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
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
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
-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
Lyd Stew
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
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
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
It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! I was so excited when I got this book! And Wood did a really good job of reminding the reader about certain revelations in the past three books, so I wasn’t lost at all despite it being about a year since I read the last book.

The first three Incorrigible Children books were fantastic fun, and this one was no exception. I’m pretty sure I laughed every minute or so, and every single page was so much fun to read. The children; Penelope’s “optoomuchtism” and observat
Tara Carpenter
This is a review of the first 4 books of this series, taken as a whole. They each felt like a very short, incomplete book on their own - like sections of a larger novel. Although Wood still did a great job of wrapping up current action and mysteries in each book, while leading you towards more questions for the next. Can't wait for the last two books!

I loved meeting Penelope Lumley, the young governess, and her Wolfy charges! These books are so fun and charming and the characters are awesome. Th
Gail Gauthier
"Roger Sutton recently had a post at Read Roger in which he expressed frustration over reading books and finding out, without warning, that they aren't complete. They're the first in a serial. Oh, yes. I've had that happen so many times. He concludes, "Thank goodness Tolkien had already finished The Lord of the Rings before I got to the end of The Two Towers and “Frodo was alive but taken by the enemy.”

I didn't have that experience with The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted
It has been quite a while since I read the beginning of this series but I've always had a fondness for it, and I remember book 3 raised a lot of questions that I wanted answers to, so I was desperate to get hold of this book and discover the solutions to all the mysteries.

However I was disappointed, whilst this book still has the same charm as the others did, it feels a little bit like a gap filler, a staller, more mysteries are added in but we still dont get any answers.

I actually found the f
An excellent addition to The Incorrigible Children series. Miss Penelope Lumley takes her three charges to her alma mater, The Swanburne School for Poor Bright Females, where she discovers that the new board wants to rob the school of all its unique charm. I’m unsure if this story was intended a subtle commentary on the state of modern higher academia, but I’m taking it as such, because it makes this book absolutely hilarious. And depressingly true to life (except, alas, for the dancing chickens ...more
BAYA Librarian
What if you were actually raised by wolves? Could you be the stellar example of educational success for which your governess hopes? This is the fourth book in the popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, which features the raised-by-wolves children, now the wards of Lord Ashton, and their governess Miss Penelope Lumley. Although the children are indeed incorrigible (remember the wolves), their education by Miss Lumley is succeeding in taming most of their wild behaviors as well ...more
In the fourth book of Maryrose Wood’s Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, The Interrupted Tale, governess Penelope Lumley and her wolfish yet mostly well-mannered charges, the Incorrigible children, are invited to visit Penelope’s alma mater, the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, where Penelope is to give a speech demonstrating her success since graduating from Swanburne. However, other matters come into play during their visit, including an old cabin boy’s tale of shipwreck w ...more
Elaine Bearden
gr 4-7
Okay, so I really enjoy this Incorrigible series. There are just so many laugh-out-loud funny scenes I found myself reading aloud to my husband. The story continues, some mysteries are revealed, others are added-too. Some intrigue. And sneakiness. We meet "Judge Quinzy" again. There is a mysterious diary. Chickens are involved. And Ferns. How all this stuff fits together is so very fun. And good threading of things like Ferns early on, that show up later. Nice asides from the narrator, kin
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
This is one of those series that I seem to keep reading despite feeling that I'm not a big fan. Some elements work and some don't for me. Despite the famous movie line that "captured by pirates is good", sometimes it just isn't. This book did advance the plot, though, and there were definitely some good and silly times. Anyway, I guess I must like these books more than I think, but I'll still keep it 3 stars for now.

And I'll probably read the next one.

I do prefer reading to listening, though. I
The adventures of Lumawoo and the Incorrigibles continues! I was more satisfied with this volume than with book three as it feels like we get a few more reveals (or perhaps connected dots is a better term) in this book than the previous, however the mystery continues (and will continue probably until the last paragraph of the last volume!) so be prepared to be left wondering.

The writing in this series continues to be excellent, and the narration stellar (Katherine Kellgren can sing quite well t
Hiba Ahmed
Very good book SWBST -

15 year old Penelope Lumley is a Graduate from Swanburne Academy and is a governess for three wolfish children known as the incorrigibles. Penelope is trying to uncover Judge Quinzi’s disguise and prove to everyone that he is actually Lord Fredrick’s (Fredrick is the one who hired Penelope) supposedly dead father, and is not worthy of taking over Swanburne academy and changing its traditions. However, this mission isn’t as easy as it seems, saying that Penelope has got a l
Victoria Whipple
I am so totally hooked on the Incorrigible orphans and their intrepid governess. In this volume, Penny is trying to help save her alma matter, all the while developing plans to help Lord Ashton with a problem. It may be obvious to older readers just what is going on with Lady Ashton, but younger readers might wonder. The evil Judge Quinzy (really?) is exerting his influence over the Swanburne School for Poor, Bright Females". However, his views and plans are quite different from the founder's. B ...more
Kevin Lanahan
A series of unfortunate events has put my librarian wife and me in the car for extended periods of time (400-500 mile trips). While we have no difficulty passing short trips in uncomfortable silence while remaining 18 inches apart, these longer trips require an easier way to keep us awake without having to actually agree on a radio station.

We've listened to all the previous books in this series, and just finished this one. As with all the books, the stories are excellent (5 stars) and the reader
If you've loved the first three as I have you'll understand when I say, "I was happy to find the fourth book in the 'Incorrigibles' series." I like Penelope Lumley. I appreciate how she teaches the three "wolf" children she has been charged with. Her model of gentle care, firm expectations and love is to be admired. I respect her dogged perseverance and her constant and innovative problem solving.

Things are not as they seem at Ashton Place and slowly but surely Miss Lumley is peeling back the la
It is impossible to resist a children's book with lines like these:

"A Swanburne girl may borrow with permission, and quote with attribution, but she absolutely, positively does not steal."


"It was she who had first taught Penelope about iambic pentameter, which the eager girl practiced by writing earnest sonnets in praise of fictional ponies. ('O, RAINbow, HOW you PRANCE and FLICK your TAIL' and so on.)"


"First you must find Old Timothy, the enigmatic coachman from Ashton Place."
"Follow smel
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Uninterrupted guest written by Maryrose Wood, illustrated by Jon Klassen is the fourth book of a four book series. This fourth book of the series is more about the governess Miss Penelope. Miss Penelope Lumley returns to the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE). This story goes through how there is chaos at this convention, how she saves her job, and how the little children ...more
I cannot get enough of this series. I love the Incorrigibles so very much, and I'm already eager for the next book!
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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)
  • Untitled (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)
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 Poison Diaries (Poison Diaries, #1) Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Morgan Rawlinson, #1)

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