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The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
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Jul 27, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2010

Miss Penelope Lumley, age 15 and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, has her first job-- governess to 3 children living at Ashton Place, a nobleman's manor. Note that the children live AT Ashton Place--not IN Ashton Place--as the children have been reared by wolves and are not considered fit for human company. Miss Lumley's first challenge is to convince Lady Constance that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, need to sleep in beds, communicate in English, and learn Latin, poetry, and geography. The children are willing pupils, but problems abound and questions arise--who are these children, what is their place in the household, and how does the governess address their affinity for chasing squirrels at every opportunity? With tongue in cheek, the narrator deftly switches back and forth between modern commentaries on 19th century practices and the more formal (but easily read) language style of the time. Historical fiction, reading level for about 5th grade but a good read-aloud for younger grade school aged children. Book 1 of a new series.

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