The unseen guest

Maryrose Wood

Book - 2012

"Miss Penelope Lumley embarks on an investigation into the mysteries surrounding the Incorrigible children, Lord Ashton, the forests of Ashton Place, and her own past"--

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Series
Incorrigible children of Ashton Place ; bk. 3
Subjects
Published
New York : Balzer + Bray 2012.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
340 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780061791185
0061791180
Main Author
Maryrose Wood (-)
Other Authors
Jon Klassen (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* To recap: three children raised by wolves have been taken in by Lord Ashton. His new wife does not care for them. The nanny, 15-year-old Penelope, champions them. In the previous two books in the series, Penny uses her kindness and the skills learned at Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females to tame and train the threesome, and progress has been made! They can draw, recite poetry, and do sums. They howl much less frequently. But now, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are being lured back to the woods in search of a wayward ostrich, and who can say what will happen to them there? Told with the same good humor, delicious wordplay, and sly mystery of the previous books, this entry can't quite stand alone (although Wood makes a game effort to delicately insert backstory). Fans, however, will be simply delighted with the new adventures (cave dwelling!) and the new characters (wolves!). More clues are dropped as to the origins of both the children and Penelope herself, who has not seen her own parents since childhood. As the mistress of proverbs, Agatha Swanburne (and the runaway ostrich), might note, one mustn't put one's head in the sand. In the next book, Penny will do well to heed that advice, as the clues are piling up. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This continues to be one of the cleverest series around, and its fans are legion. The cliff-hanger ending will keep them waiting impatiently. Good thing Wood writes fast! Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–6—Those incorrigible children of Ashton Place are back. The story is rife with colorful characters, catchy phrases, mad-cap adventure, and a touch of mystery. Tantalizing pieces of the puzzle concerning the children's origins and their connection to Miss Lumley and Ashton Place continue to be cleverly revealed throughout the story, creating just the right balance in this fast-paced, fun read. It begins with the appearance of a stray ostrich, soon followed by the Widow Ashton and Admiral Faucet, pronounced Faw-say, who plans on raising, racing, and marketing ostrich as a means to a fortune. His plans also include marrying wealthy Widow Ashton. Faucet is fascinated by the feral Incorrigible children, suggesting that they be used as exhibitions in a traveling show. He's mollified to have them lead the search for his missing ostrich, Bertha, in the nearby forest. Once back in the forest in which they were found, the children revert to many of their wolfish ways, much to Miss Lumley's chagrin. Bertha is found, but all of Faucet's schemes come crumbling down with the appearance of Judge Quinzy. Or is it really the Widow Ashton's late husband? Quinzy/Ashton doesn't stick around long enough for a definitive answer, but his widow is convinced of his identity and cancels her engagement to Faucet. He departs, and readers are left with an epilogue that only whets the appetite for the next installment in this wonderful series. A must-have.—Mary Beth Rassulo, Ridgefield Library, CT [Page 181]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Miss Penelope Lumley embarks on an investigation into the mysteries surrounding the incorrigible children, Lord Ashton, the forests of Ashton Place, and her own past.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Returning with the other children to London with unsolved questions about Lord Ashton, Ashton Place and herself, Penelope decides to take matters into her own hands and embarks on an investigation in the estate's local forests. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Miss Penelope Lumley embarks on an investigation into the mysteries surrounding the Incorrigible children, Lord Ashton, the forests of Ashton Place, and her own past"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Returning with the other children to London with unsolved questions about Lord Ashton, Ashton Place, and herself, Penelope decides to take matters into her own hands and embarks on an investigation.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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?