The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 2: The Hidden Gallery

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Thanks to their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

Yet the Incorrigibles are not entirely civilized, and still managed to ruin Lady Constance’s Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, ...

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Overview

Thanks to their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

Yet the Incorrigibles are not entirely civilized, and still managed to ruin Lady Constance’s Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. As they explore the city, Penelope and the Incorrigibles discover more about themselves as clues about the children’s—and Penelope’s own—mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways. . . .

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
When repairs to Ashton Place take longer than planned, Lady Constance decides to move the entire household to London. Miss Penelope Lumley, governess to the Ashton's three young wards (Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia), is excited by the change of scenery. She is eager to make use of the city's wealth of educational opportunities—museums, theaters, historical sites—and to visit with Miss Mortimer, her former headmistress at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. However, the governess and her charges face many challenges in London, from navigating the city streets to fending off a pickpocket, dealing with Lady Ashton's social pressures to confronting an unusual Gypsy fortune teller, keeping the children from attacking the palace guards' bear hats to distracting them from the city's many pigeons. Sure to remind the reader of Lemony Snicket's series, the Harry Potter novels, and N.E. Bode's The Anybodies, this unusual tale—with its Victorian setting, governess and boarding school elements, references to mythology and horror creatures, and authorial digressions—is sure to capture readers' imagination. Expect the unexpected from this fifteen-year-old governess and her once-feral charges, and you won't be disappointed. Book two of "The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place" series, sequel to The Mysterious Howling. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
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Maryrose Wood

Maryrose Wood is the author of The Mysterious Howling, The Hidden Gallery, and The Unseen Guest—the first three 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.

Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, and the other books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Nutsawoo

    MUST LOVE NUTSAWOO

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Love books

    To be raised by wolves would be wierd. Not being able to talk to anyone else and having to eat raw meat. Ewwwwww!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    A story to remeber!

    It is hard to say too little or too much for this book is a must buy and to remember. The three Incorrigables are loving and humorous! One thing is that new friends and old teachers can be helpful. If you are wondering if you want to buy thrs book, look further.

    If you are courious see what I have to say. BUY AND ENJOY THE BOOK! Read the book and you will see the meaning of my words. If the book is noot suitible for in the first few chapters, keep reading!

    This book is a truely aamazing story and a happy cliff-hanger!!! Trust me. Read and see. Tell me what you think about it when your done. I want biig boned sentences with lots of details!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    :) Awesome

    I loved the first book so id thlnk id love the 2nd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    G

    It is a sequel to the first book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Should I buy this ???

    I have already read the first book! I really want to read the next book so that I can learn more about Penelope and the three children's life! I really want to know who it is living in the wall. Is it a wolf? A cat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    This is the sequil

    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    ? I have a question!

    Is this a sequel to the 1st book?? Please tell me if it is!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Best book ever!!!!!

    when i read the first i knew i just had to buy the 2nd one. I totally give this a A++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    OMG

    This wad an amazing book it has alot of detail and agreat plot. Compliments to Maryrose Wood and Jon Klassen for a wonderful book and pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Rocks!

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    A great adition to a series

    I love how the kids have progressed from the first book and what a vacation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Awesome

    A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great conti Wonderful!

    Fantastic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Enticing Story

    Slow at first, but then the book speeds up. If you get bored do not stop reading! Great new characters too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Great Series, fun to read!

    This book is worth every penny that you pay! So wonderfully written with a great amount of "wow" moments! Great bok!

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Delightful

    I've thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series.The language is well chosen and expressions explained. We received it as a gift for my six year old son. He was bored with the early chapters of the first book and Iam glad, because as an adopted child he might have found th rest of the book rather terrfying.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awsome book! I read them all and loved tthem! Hope athor writes more.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Hilarious Middle Grade

    Charming, hilarious, and full of page turning fun, Maryrose Wood's The Hidden Gallery is middle grade fiction at its finest.

    The Hidden Gallery opens up just as Miss Penelope Lumley, governess to the three "wolf cubs" Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, learns that they as well as the Ashtons will be making a trip to London. Even though this trip is due to serious repairs the house is under because of the children, Penelope is nothing short of excited. She is looking forward to not only visiting London and seeing her old governess, but getting away from the troubles that have seem to follow her and the children lately. However, after a mysterious, haunting warning, Penelope, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are left on a wild goose chase, which involves meeting new people, mysterious fortunetellers, and hidden galleries. Will everything turn out okay in the end? Will Penelope's as wells as the children's true origins ever come into play? Only time and more pages can tell in this exciting adventure!

    First, the characters in The Hidden Gallery were nothing short of the funny lovable ones readers hope to find in books. Penelope was savvy, smart, and likable, and I always loved her, as well as Agatha Swanburne's, random spurts of wisdom thrown in. On the other hand, the children were lively and chaotic little things that nearly always managed to still the spotlight with their interesting appearances. The other characters in this managed to be the same, because from the spoiled Lady Ashton to the other unique staff, I was continually chuckling due to their dialogue and actions.

    The plot of this was another high point. One thing I always love about middle grade fiction is the fact that there is also a lot of action and fun, and Maryrose had ample amounts of both in The Hidden Gallery. I was repeatedly flipping the pages, dying to know what would happen next. Would Penelope and the children ever find out the truth behind the mysterious occurrences? Better yet, what about their backgrounds- did they have something to do with it? There was not a moment where I was not completely immersed in the story.

    Wood's writing was also great! I loved how she never once dumbed the story, instead presented a complex story filled with intricate yet necessary details and backstory that I am sure children, teens, and may even adults will enjoy. The only thing I would have liked more of was character development, but as there are more books to come in the series, I am sure the characters will have plenty of room to develop.

    In all, if you read one middle grade book this year, let it be Maryrose Wood's The Hidden Gallery. Full of twists and turns to keep nearly any reader happy, I am sure it will become a fan favorite. Especially for fans of Stephanie Burgis' Kat, Incorrigible and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events series. I can only hope the next addiction will be as good.

    Grade: A+

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Good book

    The book was a great read and went well with the first book! I can't wait for the next book!

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