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The Unseen Guest: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3

The Unseen Guest: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3

Scritto da Maryrose Wood

Narrato da Katherine Kellgren


The Unseen Guest: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3

Scritto da Maryrose Wood

Narrato da Katherine Kellgren

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4/5 (101 valutazioni)
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6 ore
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Pubblicato:
Mar 27, 2012
ISBN:
9780062120724
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Descrizione

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?

A HarperAudio production.

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Pubblicato:
Mar 27, 2012
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Informazioni sull'autore

Maryrose Wood is the author of the first five books (so far!) in this 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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  • (3/5)
    This book reminded me that Miss Penelope Lumley is only 16, which I find a little hard to believe, but otherwise a satisfying continuation of the series.

    The children are growing more civilized, and Penelope teaches them while daydreaming about Simon and wondering why her parents never came back for her. The mysteries continue to grow as an ostrich shows up on the grounds and then the hunt is on.
  • (3/5)
    When you have been raised by wolves, you tend to be a bit incorrigible. That’s okay. It gives you a bit of strong-minded-ness that is often lacking in our milktoast world. Like the story. Like the illustrations.
  • (4/5)
    The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place, Book III: The Unseen Guest is, as the title suggests, the third book in a delightful little series about Miss Penelope Lumley, governess, and her three young charges who were literally raised by wolves. In this book, Penelope and the Incorrigibles are back at Ashton Place after their eventful trip to London. An expedition into the forest which surrounds the manor reveals a few clues about the Incorrigible children's upbringing.I'm quite fond of this series, but at this point I would definitely recommend starting at the beginning -- if you jump in with this book, you'll be lacking a lot of necessary back-story. I don't think I loved this book quite as much as the earlier two, but it was still very pleasant, and very nice to see Penelope's character develop a bit more. I look forward to reading future volumes, and hope that they will provide a few revelations about some of the long-standing mysteries in the series.The narrative voice reminded me of the Series of Unfortunate Events -- more strongly in this book than in previous books. That's not a criticism per se, though if the narrator of the Snicket series got on your nerves with the slightly didactic humor, you may experience the same thing with this series.
  • (4/5)
    I love this series, and this third installment was good, but not as good as the first two. I found it a bit slow, even frivolous, in a few places. Still, I enjoyed learning the new revelations about the children and the mystery of Judge Quinzy is interesting. Klassen's illustrations are delightful and Wood's old-fashioned language and tongue-in-cheek humor continues to amuse. I love how the children add "-who" to the end of most of their words. I look forward to book four.
  • (2/5)
    the joke is getting too thin for, after 2 books of chortling, this one just didn't do it for me. I will still recommend the series to lovers of Lemony Snicket though.
  • (5/5)
    We loved all three in this series and can't wait for the 4th to come out. So fun to read aloud!
  • (4/5)
    This was a book club pick chosen by our resident librarian! I personally enjoyed the book and am now committed to reading at least the next installment because I need to know who is up to what. I knew going in this was a children's book but as I was reading I kept wondering what age group was this targeted to. If I had that answer I think I might have quit thinking that some of the subject matter might be over the readers head. It does remind me of the Lemony Snicket series which I enjoyed reading when my girls were reading them. My one regret was I had to read this during a very busy time and could not commit to just sitting down and reading it in large doses, that made it a bit fragmented so I am inclined to think and nit pick more than just enjoy the story. Over all I would recommend it to literary minded young people.
  • (4/5)
    DEEEEEEEEEEEEElightful!
  • (4/5)
    Great tongue-in-cheek look at the indomitable Miss Lumley and her enlightened view of how to deal with these "incorrigible" children while living within the constraints of her job. There's no way I'm going to stop here-- the back story is hinted at and its chilling to think of how it will play out (before Miss Lumley gets things under control).
  • (5/5)
    I am hooked with this series. I want to get down to the mystery and long to learn the true story of the three wolf children and Penelope. Really great narrator again, Katherine makes this audiobook much enjoyable than reading the real book.
  • (5/5)
    Witty & clever, a fantastic middle grade book for anyone! A bit of mystery & adventure a great follow up to the previous 2 books, and the performance is great!
  • (5/5)
    This series continues to delight! Hilariously written with interesting and mysterious plot twists.
  • (5/5)
    Whole series amazing ! Good if you like mystery, and/or you don’t want a difficult/longish book to read
  • (5/5)
    The high energy fun and wonderful saga of the three Incorrigibles of Ashton Place continues in this third book of the series. All good, all good. A wonderful series enhanced enormously by the phenomenal narration of the late Katherine Kellgren. I would highly recommend this to anyone who could do with a large dose of strong guffaws and healthy belly laughs ???!!
  • (5/5)
    Yet more twists that make you keep reading one volume after the other , helped by excellent skills of the narrator
  • (3/5)
    This is just a lovely book. It has all that British flair that I just adore in books and Katherine Kellgren is an amazing narrator (one of the best in my opinion). It was just funny and it doesn't talk down to the reader. I loved the hidden sarcasm. I wanted to be Penelope Lumley. (She kinda reminded me of Anne Shirley) I'd never heard of these books before the YA Syn literature but I am interested in checking out the rest of the audiobooks.
  • (5/5)
    As with all in this series excellent narration. Fun story to follow. More mysteries at every turn!
  • (5/5)
    Narrator Review:
    Without a doubt, Katherine Kellgren is my favorite new narrator. This book came to life because of her narration! She has fantastic voices for each character, the best of which in my opinion is Miss Penelope Lumley herself. Even her male voices are pretty spot on! She reads at a very pleasant pace, and makes sure to emphasize things that are "proper" in the book. If I had read this rather than listened to it, I'm sure I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. That's not to say the story isn't amazing, but hearing Kellgren howl, giggle and act proper was truly my favorite part of this book. If you can get your hands on the Audio CD, do it!

    Audio Book Rating: 5/5 - I highly recommend listening to this audio book!

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    Book Review:
    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is by far the most fun middle grade series that I've started so far! Yes, I made sure it was indeed a series. I'm so smitten that if it wasn't I might have thrown a tantrum. The Mysterious Howling is the first book in the series, and it sets up quite a delightful set of characters and situations. More than anything I loved how original this story was. I digress though, let's get back to sharing with you why you need to read this book.

    First of all the premise of the story is fantastic. Three orphans from the woods, apparently raised by wolves, are brought to Ashton Place. The only problem? They need looking after of course! Enter Miss Penelope Lumley, one of the sweetest characters I've met in a long time with a heart that is so huge it might literally explode. She finds a fondness for the children, despite their wolfish ways, and vows to treat them as any other charges she might have had. What ensues is a funny and rollicking story, complete with quite a few twists and turns along the way!

    Those of you out there who find it necessary to love your characters will find it hard to ignore Miss Penelope Lumley and her adorable charges. Ever the professional lady, Penelope spends the book musing on the wise words of her mentor, Miss Agatha Swanburne. As for the young ones, Cassiopeia, Alexander and Beowulf are massive balls of sweet energy! From the moment they enter the scene, there is fun to be had. Then there is Lady Constance, who I must say I rather disliked but I think we are meant to, and Sir Ashton who I wanted to kick. Hard. Yes, that about rounds it out! All of them are different, each one has their own fantastic personality, and I found it hard not to feel a fondness for each of them in turn.

    By far, my favorite part of this story was the third person view, that mostly focused on Penelope's thoughts. Watching her ponder over what to do next, scheme at how to help the children, and even let her thoughts wander, was so fantastic. If there was ever a character that I would blindly follow into many books beyond the first, it would be her. As I mentioned above, if you can get your hands on the audio book do it! Katherine Kellgren creates a voice for Penelope that made me smile again and again.

    Long story short, this is one that you need to try! If you enjoy Victorian era mysteries, or even just crave a good middle grade novel, this one is for you. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling has snuggled its way into my heart, and I for one can not wait to dive into the next installment.
  • (5/5)
    The Little BookwormPenelope Lumley has been engaged as a governess to three children, three feral children, that is. The Incorrigibles were found in the woods of Ashton Place and it's now Miss Lumley's job to civilize them. But there mysteries abound. Who are these children? And what is Lord Ashton hiding? And why is Old Timothy, the coachman always sulking around? So many questions and this is just the beginning.I want to say "think A Series of Unfortunate Events mixed with a penny dreadful and The Jungle Book" And that might come close, but A Mysterious Howling is not depressing like ASoUE (one of my favorite series but really depressing if you read the whole thing at once). In fact, it's jolly good fun. Miss Lumley steps up to the plate of basically training these wolfish children and turning them into normal humans. While she can be a bit officious, she is a great deal of fun and I loved her approach to the children.There are plenty of mysteries raised in the first book of this series. Why are there three feral children living in the woods at Ashton Place? Why did Lord Ashton keep them? What the heck is going on? I can't wait to read more because I am really glad I got this from the library. It is a delightful book that I highly recommend.
  • (4/5)
    We listened to this on audiobook, and it was a favorite with the whole family. Hilarious writing and fantastic narration. I knocked off one star because I don't like cliffhanger endings.
  • (5/5)
    So I started off thinking this was an amusing children's book but that I would not be likely to continue with the series. WRONG, I must know why is her hair red, what's up with Lord Frederick, will the children be okay...
    I really enjoyed the whole book!
  • (5/5)
    Such a fun and delightful book! I adored it.
  • (4/5)
    Wonderful and very fun little story and excellent storytelling. I love the rhythm of the prose and the structure with her frequent and humorous little back references to things from a couple pages earlier.
    I'm having a little more trouble than I expected finding the next one and I'm anxious.
  • (4/5)
    At age 15, Miss Penelope Lumley, recently graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is on her way to her first position as a governess. When she arrives at Ashton Place, she is shocked to learn that her young charges have been raised by wolves!It's hard to describe this story without making it sound silly. It is silly, but it's also cleverly poking fun at tropes in children's literature and it's an entertaining story whether you catch the references or not. Because of this, it works well as a story for both children and adults to read - if it's your first story about wild children and governesses, great, and if it's not, you'll chuckle along with the narrator even more knowledgeably. It's smart without feeling didactic; I was amused by the explanations of irony, for example, and the use of poetry was fun without feeling forced. I'd be hard-pressed to tell you if I preferred the audio or the book, since the former is superbly read by Katherine Kellgren, while the latter includes illustrations from Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Jon Klassen.
  • (2/5)
    This series has been compared to Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, and that comparison is very true, in my opinion. Unfortunately, I didn't like Lemony Snicket's series, so I wish I had read that comparison before I started this book. Most of the characters in the book were very flat. There was a huge mysterious buildup as to who the orphan children really are, but unfortunately, little resolution was given to the end of the story. One major event was resolved (the Christmas Party), but everything else was pushed off to the next book in the series. I don't mind cliffhangers, but I would like something to hold me until I get to the next book. I was left with nothing on this one. Slightly disappointing.
  • (4/5)
    Great story with all the elements to keep kids reading. Loved the idea and the governess character.
  • (3/5)
    After finding three children apparently raised by wolves on his property, Lord Ashton hires Penelope Lumley to be their governess. While the job is not exactly what she expected, 15 year old Penelope does her best to tutor her new charges in manners as well as academics. Where did the children come from? Who set up the terrible occurrences at the Christmans party, and what were they trying to cause?
  • (2/5)
    A fifteen year old becomes the governess at a strange and mysterious manor. Her charges are three children found living among the wolves; she civilizes them while trying to puzzle out her boss's motives.

    Too young for me to enjoy, but a nice read if you've been missing the Lemony Snicket series.
  • (4/5)
    The 5th book of this series just came out, and I finally got around to reading the first one. I really enjoyed it; it is smart, funny, engaging and quirky. With a lexile level of 1000 and an AR level of 6.8, this is a great book for those middle grade students who need a higher reading level without some of the YA content. It contains many pearls of wisdom from the inimitable Agatha Swanburne, not to mention our young governess-heroine Penelope. There are quotes from literature, and even some Latin phrases thrown in for good measure. With that being said, you might assume this is one of those books that adults love but middle graders don't like. However, I have several students who love this series. This would be a good family read-aloud, or a road trip book. I understand the narrarator is fabulous. There are a lot of mysteries left unexplained, so be ready to start the next one quickly
  • (4/5)
    Fun and quick read about 3 children found in the woods & their "civilizing" by the 15-year-old narrator who has been hired to be their governess.