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The mysterious howling
Maryrose Wood
Children's Fiction WOOD

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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Miss Penelope Lumley, smart, sensitive, resourceful, recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Ladies and just fifteen-years-old, is hired on the spot to serve as governess at luxurious Ashton Place. Only then is she allowed to meet her charges—three children who, due to their tendency to gnaw, nip, and growl, appear to have been raised by wolves. Lord Fredrick caught them on his estate when he was out hunting and as he says, “Finders keepers.” Penelope is not daunted by her task. She gets on swimmingly with Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia Incorrigible, as Lord Fredrick names them (or Alawooooo, Beowooooo, and Cassawoof, as they call themselves). The children respond to poetry and games of fetch, and Penelope feels sure that French, Latin, and literature cannot be far behind. But then Lady Constance drops a bombshell. The children are expected to appear at the mansion’s elegant Christmas ball. This means table manners, fancy dress, and the ability to stand still when a squirrel is spotted. As Penelope and the kiddies rise to the challenge, they begin to discover that there are many dangerous secrets at Ashton Place. There are also many nods and winks to the reader, including Lemony Snicket-esque asides from the witty narrator. But author Maryrose Wood makes her tale all her own with plenty of amusing details—her heroine’s overactive imagination, the children’s endearing mischief-making, and a tone that is droll and cheeky and thoroughly giggle-inducing. By the time the last page is turned, readers will be howling for a sequel.
posted Jul 6, 2010 at 10:06AM
Sarah said:
This book is really good! It is about three children who are raised by wolves. They get a new governess to take care of them and teach them to behave. Miss. Lumley did a very good job of that, although sometimes, the children get a little out of control.
posted May 21, 2013 at 8:06PM
Sarah said:
This book is really good! It is about three children who are raised by wolves. They get a new governess to take care of them and teach them to behave. Miss. Lumley did a very good job of that, although sometimes, the children get a little out of control.
posted May 21, 2013 at 8:06PM
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Age: 15
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