The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: the Mysterious Howling

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: the Mysterious Howling

The Mysterious Howling

Penelope Lumley, a student at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is on her way to a new life. Penelope is old enough to leave the Academy and make a life for herself. She has answered an ad for Governess:

Wanted Immediately: energetic Governess for Three Lively Children Knowledge of French, Latin, History, Etiquette, Drawing, and Music will be Required – Experience with Animals Strongly Preferred.

Once she arrives at the country estate she undergoes a very strange interview and hears some very strange noises that no one wants to explain. In fact, everyone wants to act as if the noises are not happening at all. Weirder still, no one will introduce her to the children.

Penelope is a girl that gets things done. She also knows a noise when she hears one. Not one to stand around when there is something curious to investigate, Penelope follows the strange noises to the barn. In the dim light of the barn she hears something rustling and sees shining eyes in one of the stalls. A small pony maybe? A lamb? A dog? Nope. The shining eyes belong to three children huddled in the dark staring at her with the eyes of wild animals.

Experience with Animals Strongly Preferred. You think! Some kids might act like little wild animals, but these children, well, they really are! Penelope sets out to teach them how to act like little ladies and gentlemen in time for a holiday ball. That means wearing clothes. That means walking upright. That means eating with utensils. That means NOT howling! It also means paying attention to Penelope’s lessons and not being distracted by squirrels. (These kids are a lot like Dug the talking dog in the movie Up “SQUIRREL!”)

A funny look at the trouble one girl takes on when she tries to teach some little wild things how to hobnob in high society. If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events give this one a try. The humor is very similar and the characters just as outrageous. Ahwoooooooooooo! Author: Maryrose Wood

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  1. When plucky Penelope reluctantly leaves the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, she hardly expects that her first job interview will make her the governess of a trio of feral children who howl, drool, and gnaw on shoes. Her employers insist that the brood (unhappily named Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia Incorrigible) be domesticated in time for Christmas. Between lessons, Penelope finds plenty of time to investigate the many troubling mysteries of her new home. Thoroughly preposterous and unrelentingly hilarious, this is the first book of a zany series. Sarah, Glendale Library

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