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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)

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Aller Anfang ist wild
Erscheinungsjahr: 2012
Illustration: Parciak, Monika
ab 11 J.
Übersetzung: Plorin, Eva
Abmessungen: 205 mm x 144 mm
Von Wood, Maryrose / Übersetzt v. Plorin, Eva

Lord und Lady Ashton, frisch verheiratet, haben unerwartet Zuwachs bekommen. In den ausgedehnten Wäldern ihres Besitzes wurden drei Kinder gefunden: verwahrlost, schmutzig, wild. Schnell liegt der V

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Shana
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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Monica!
I’d been chatting with a couple of other Goodreaders about how I felt that The Boy on the Porch was a great book for adults, but perhaps not for its intended audience, and The Mysterious Howling came up as another possible example.

So of course I had to read it!

Aaaaaand… I sort of agree. Amazon lists this sucker as aimed at ages 8 – 12, and while I think that would be the perfect age range for a read-aloud with Mom or Dad or Insert Other Adult Figure Of Your Choice Here, I do think that if I was
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Charlyn  Trussell
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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Betsy
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
Paula
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!
E.B.
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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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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Jessica
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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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.
Miriam
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.
Morgan
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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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
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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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
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
Amy
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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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
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.

Jenn
I'm so glad that my sister introduced me to this series. Apparently there are already FOUR BOOKS! Where have I been? This first book was absolutely delightful: riffing off of Jane Eyre and stereotypical romanticized "governess" stories from the 19th century and pre-teen girls' passionate love for horse books like Misty of Chincoteague (I was one) - there were so many familiar resonances as I read. But, the writing is it's own, delightful, original voice that sometimes talks to the reader in an a ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well.....this is a pretty good book, but I don't think I ever found it as humorous as it's supposed to be. maybe I didn't find it as humorous as it is. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood or depressed. For whatever reason there were only a few times when the book ever really engaged me.

here we have the story of our young governess. She's 15 years old and on her first job, which just happens to be with three children who were apparently raised by wolves. Oh and working for some parents who, even b
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GraceAnne
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.
Susan
This story was...odd. Especially so when the narrator howled like the children would have in the story. I'm not a fan of animals-raise-children stories so this wasn't going too well for me.

However, after a bit into the story, it started to get interesting and I enjoyed the character of the governess and her remarkable gift to 'tame' the children.

But then it seemed to drag in the middle only to end on an unfinished note. Some issues were still unanswered so the reader has to get the next book to
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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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Arminzerella
Miss Penelope Lumley (15 years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females) has just secured her first position as governess to the 3 children of Ashton Place. When she meets her new charges, however, she discovers that they are practically feral. Lord Ashton found them in the forest while he was hunting and decided to take them in on a whim. As far as Penelope can tell, the children’s prior caregivers were wolves – the children bark and howl and behave much as wolves do ...more
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
This review was first posted on Northern Plunder, if you want to see more reviews please click here.

I got my audio book copy of The Mysterious Howling from SYNC's summer event where every week they had two audio books up for free download, so I visited every week and grabbed the ones that took my interest.

As I've never listened to an audio book before I initially struggled getting into it as I couldn't seem to find the right moment to listen, bus journeys were too short, scrolling through tumblr
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Beth A.
Mar 22, 2010 Beth A. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-11yr girls, anyone who enjoys children's literature
I love the writing in this book. Wood uses a varied vocabulary, yet keeps everything clear and easy to understand. The tone is warm, gentle and humorous. I love the understatement, especially in the descriptions of the children's behavior and Penelope's reactions to it...

"Penelope flushed with pride at their courteous behavior. What had she been so worried about? The children were charming and well mannered; whatever quirks lingered from their unusual upbringing, the howling and drooling and so
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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
Joella www.cinjoella.com
I read this in one sitting. It was great! I'm so glad that this is a series (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place) and not just one stand-alone. Especially since I don't think one major mystery was ever "solved"!

So Miss Penelope Lumley is a governess who has three interesting children. They were found by Lord Ashton in the woods and were apparently raised by wolves. The children don't really know how to be children. What they do know is that "Arrrooogh" and "Woof" are very understandable wo
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Kiersten
I liked this book but was frustrated with it at the same time. There is a clear line between YA fiction and JF fiction (I guess the F there is redundant?), which is a good thing, but I hadn't read JF for a while, so that took a little bit of an adjustment. It was a fun book with a fun premise. It also had a good bit of mystery in it and was fun to read. I wish that there had been more, or, I guess, anything, from the children's point of view. I really liked Penelope, but I felt that it made the ...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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Other Books in the Series

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (6 books)
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  • The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #3)
  • The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4)
  • The Unmapped Sea (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #5)
  • Untitled (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #6)
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) The Interrupted Tale (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #4) Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Morgan Rawlinson, #1)

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