Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Hidden Gallery - Maryrose Wood

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:  Book II

Publisher:  Belzer & Bray
Pages:  320
Source:  Received copy from publisher
Genre:  Middle Grade Mystery


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

The Incorrigible children actually were.

Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups 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.

Despite Penelope's civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles 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. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students. But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards' bearskin hats, which drive the children wild - not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children's - and Penelope's - mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways...

My Thoughts:
In this second book we find some answers to mysteries set before us in the first book.  By the end of the book we are left with more questions, more mysteries.  I loved that we see the children go back to their most basic animalistic selves when they encounter the palace guards  and the pigeons in London.  Throw in a gypsy who warns about someone who wants to put the children in harms way and you are all set to grind your teeth waiting for the next book.  I enjoyed this one as much as the first one and look forward to the next one when it come out.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, this reminds me that I need to find this one and read it! Thanks!