The Mysterious Howling

Wood, Maryrose

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Mysterious Howling
Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.

Publisher: New York : Balzer & Bray, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061791059
Branch Call Number: J WOOD
Characteristics: 267 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon


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Dec 12, 2013

I loved this book! It is the perfect book/series for 4th - 6th graders who are strong readers. However, the book is so cleverly written that it is fascinating for adults. My 92-year-old mom is quite a fan.

Jul 03, 2013

I really liked this book. the old fashioned tone is nice to read in, and the children are amazing. the illustrations are really good and i like the sayings of Agatha Swanburne!

Jan 28, 2013
  • bradrice rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very fun to read and look at. The illustrations are marvelous. I like the pithy sayings of Agatha Swanburne who was the founder of the Governess Academy that Penelope graduated from. An interesting mystery of the children's origin keeps you engaged and looking for answers.

Nov 09, 2012
  • caroco rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious, if you have a dry sense of humour. Should be enjoyable for quite a range of ages. Penny, Alawoo, Beowoo and Cassawoof are wonderfully rendered in this mysterious story.

Jul 19, 2012

It was a very funny book to read. I could not put it away, had to finish it. The drawings by Jon Klassen are awesome.

Jul 11, 2012
  • hollyheartsYA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! It is very well written and the characters come clearly across the page. Penelope Lumley is a great role model and this book would work very well for upper elementary/middle grade readers. Can't wait for The Hidden Gallery, book 2 to learn more about the ongoing mystery!

Jun 10, 2012
  • beforetoday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's been a while since I found a series I really wanted to continue reading. Here's the most recent candidate! Hillllllllarious inside jokes to older/wiser readers, but not so much that it takes away from the main story for the target age group. My kids and I ADORE the three incorrigible children. Must read, and a great read aloud.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

At first I was irritated by the narrative tone, wavering as it does between period accuracy and cheerful anachronism. Once I got over that I found it a fun, light read. Unfortunately this is yet another book with a "To Be Continued . . ." ending. I prefer complete plots.

Aug 13, 2011
  • wonderwords3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun read. I really like how the author explains things, on the side, to the reader. Enough mystery at the end of this book to make me want to read the next one right away...

Feb 22, 2011
  • Library_Dragon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this book. Very witty and charming. Can't wait for the next one!

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Sep 12, 2012

It would have been pleasant to have parents, of course, or at least parents whom she could more clearly recall....She recalled being told about a mother and father who needed to take a long, dangerous journey and would someday return for her - or perhaps that was something she had read in a book. It was hard to be sure after so many years.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“All this trotting to and fro will be the” - _huff!_ - “death of me!” she wheezed, although, as you already know, regular aerobic exercise was far more likely to improve her cardiovascular fitness than cause her demise.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

She had chosen Dante because she found the rhyme scheme pleasingly jaunty, but she realized too late that the _Inferno_’s tale of sinners being cruelly punished in the afterlife was much too bloody and disturbing to be suitable for young minds. Penelope could tell this by the way the children hung on her every word and demanded “More, more!” each time she reached the end of a canto and tried to stop.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Penelope had long ago accepted that a thick mane of glossy, bouncy ringlets was not destined to be hers. However, she had read many books in which girls who start out plain blossom into great beauties, and almost as many in which girls who stay plain are loved all the more for their warm hearts and good common sense. Penelope was confident that one fate or the other would be hers eventually, and so she tried not to give the matter too much thought.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

When the impossible becomes merely difficult, that’s when you know you’ve won.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Wearing it gave her more rather than less confidence, and that is precisely what a well-chosen outfit ought to do.

Apr 29, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Penelope was left with the impression that titles were more important than profession and land was more important than business, but money was far more important than any other sort of accomplishment.

Apr 22, 2011
  • bookwookie77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you have ever opened a can of worms, boxed yourself into a corner, ended up in hot water, or found yourself in a pretty pickle,you already know that life is rarely (if ever) a bowl of cherries.


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Jul 10, 2014

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Jul 10, 2014

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?


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