The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10V6.851086

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on February 16, 2010 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN-10: 0061791059
ISBN-13: 9780061791055
8 Book Reviews
  • dodogirl
    dodogirl8 months55 stars
    I read the whole series. It's so mysterious and with many plot twists!! Ms. Lumley has a LOT of pluck!!
    • wolfchildren
      wolfchildrenabout 3 years55 stars
      9 year old: Read this book, it's the best book ever! People who like adventures should read this series. 11 year old: I think this is a great series. 6 year old: Nobody knew who I was when I dressed up as Cassawoo at school. Mom: We loved this series as a family, we laughed and got so excited at the wins and sad for the losses, but all in all the positive aspects completely outweighed the sad things.
      • latinessa
        latinessaover 4 years55 stars
        this is so good
        • bananabird
          bananabirdalmost 6 years
          this book is very good. I would recommend it if you like fiction
          • otter
            otteralmost 9 years55 stars
            I don't usually give books five stars, but this book is awesome. See if you can figure out lord Ashton's secret.
            • darceyover 9 years
              This book is realy good to read because their is lots of ecsitement. I hope you read it.
              • imsoepic
                imsoepicalmost 10 years
                how do you post reviews on diffrent books??
                • evharte
                  evhartealmost 10 years44 stars
                  What do you get when you mix a newly minted nanny with 3 children raised by wolfs? Disaster, of course! But with Penelope Lumley as the nanny, the children are kept under control. At first. When the children's "mother" announces that they must all attend a Christmas ball, Penelope rushes to ready the children, who need to be educated on everything from manners to music. Can she do it? Read this book to find out!