The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

Book III: The Unseen Guest

By Maryrose Wood; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
(Balzer + Bray, Hardcover, 9780061791185, 352pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Penelope Lumley and her trio of incorrigible wards, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, find themselves in London, where adventure abounds. Luckily, this spunky governess is armed with an endless string of useful sayings from her days in the orphanage, and she also knows where to find the best biscuits. This mystery will keep you guessing and smiling as everyone explores the city and looks for more clues to the children's most unusual beginnings.”
-- Julie Wilson, The Bookworm, Omaha, NE


Description

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves."

The Incorrigible children actually were.

Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences—yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.

But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral's prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles' skills to find her.

The hunt for the runaway ostrich is on. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?




About the Author

Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling and The Hidden Gallery, the first two books in this continuing series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions.

Maryrose's other qualifications for writing these tales include a scandalous stint as a professional thespian, many years as a private governess to two curious and occasionally rambunctious pupils, and whatever literary insights she may have gleaned from living in close proximity to a clever but disobedient dog.

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