Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. So reads the beginning of the jacket flap for The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling (Balzar and Bray, 2010) by Maryrose Wood.
Take your typical poor girl who must be a governess and make it untypical with lots of humor and you’ll have Miss Penelope Lumley, aka Lumawoo, and the 3 children she must civilize. . . by the Christmas party. This story actually welcomes clichés. Watch out for squirrels and Old Timothy. And what exactly do the guests mean by their comments about a hunt?
I’m looking forward to the sequel, The Hidden Gallery, which will be in stores Feb 22, 2011.
Reading on Maryrose’s website, I discovered she also writes books for teens. I’ll have to check them out.
Her publisher offers the game below to go along with the book. (used by permission)