Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
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Series: Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place


THE INTERRUPTED TALE by Maryrose Wood
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"The history and nature of the Ashton curse at least begins to move out of the shadows at last. Still, much else remains to be illuminated in future sequels, which fans will be howling for. (finished illustrations not seen) (Comic melodrama. 10-12)"
Amid much mention of cake and iambic pentameter, the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females survives a challenge thanks to its star graduate, nanny Penelope Lumley, and her three wolfish wards. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEN GUEST by Maryrose Wood
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still howling good fun, though the series' big Reveal doesn't seem any closer than before. (Melodrama. 10-12)"
Resilient as ever, in the third installment of Wood's deliciously melodramatic Victorian mystery teenage governess Penelope Lumley takes on threats to her wolfish young charges that include a hustler after the Ashton fortune. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN GALLERY by Maryrose Wood
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Includes frequent full-page line drawings, not seen. (Melodrama. 10-12)"
The plot thickens but is still far from crystallizing in this madcap sequel to The Mysterious Howling (2010). Read full book review >
THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING by Maryrose Wood
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"It's the best beginning since The Bad Beginning (1999) and will leave readers howling for the next episode. (High melodrama. 10-12)"
Fresh from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, 15-year-old Penelope Lumley reports to remote but palatial Ashton Place and discovers just why the advertisement for a governess indicated a strong preference for "Experience with Animals." Read full book review >