The Mysterious Howling

Wood, Maryrose

Audiobook CD - 2010
Average Rating: 4.5 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 : Random House/Listening Library, p2010
Edition: Unabridged, Library ed.
ISBN: 9780307711229
Branch Call Number: CD Children WOOD
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (5 hr., 28 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kellgren, Katherine


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Book 1 in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the three wolfish foundlings meet their extraordinary governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. Also available to download.

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Sep 29, 2014
  • Lucchesa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is probably a charming book to read, but it is an absolutely first-rate audiobook. The narrator is brilliant, from her first howls, issuing mysteriously from the barn - certainly some wounded animal must be in there! - to the varied accents of the characters that announce their place on the social ladder and suggest their innermost motivations. And the book has a huge heart, plenty of tidbits to delight older children like my 11- & 13-year-old sons, and a great deal of humor. We are all completely enamored of brave governess Penelope, the three semi-civilized children who are doing their best not to consume small rodents as snacks, and even poor, manic, half-deranged Lady Ashton. We are well into book two now and are enjoying the heck out of it as well. Owoooh!

Jul 16, 2014
  • JCLBarbaraL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully read by Katherine Kellgren! The smart, patient, level-headed, but loving governess, Penelope Lumley, works miracles with the three darling "Incorrigibles", realizing immediately that they simply need care and understanding to develop into "normal" children after having been raised by wolves. Penelope defends the children against the curiosity and evils of the other adults who visit Ashton Place, as well as the young, dim-witted Lady Constance, who can't be bothered with the challenges of caring for these "wild" children her husband insisted on adopting. The story ends without tying up several mysteries, leaving the reader to long for the next installment (The Hidden Gallery).The narrator injects humorous asides explaining some vocabulary and hyperbole and occasionally compares situations from the 19th century with those of today. A fun, mysterious, read for middle graders who enjoyed the wit of Lemony Snicket in his Series of Unfortunate Events.


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