The Mysterious Howling

January 20, 2010

I read the ARC of The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood this past weekend.  It is the first book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series and will be published in February.  I loved this book and it was a perfect follow-up to all of the serious Mock Newbery reading I’d been doing.  It’s set in the past in England.  15 year old Miss Lumley, proud graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, arrives at Ashton Place to be a governess to three children.  These are no ordinary children, they’ve literally been raised by wolves and it is Miss Lumley’s job to get these kids civilized by the big Christmas party.  And if she doesn’t?  Will they be sent to an orphanage?  Released back into the woods?  Miss Lumley doesn’t want to find out.

This book was great fun.  The writing reminded me of Lemony Snicket, with the author speaking directly to the reader without dumbing down the writing.  Example:  As you may have already had cause to discover, a statement can be both completely true and completely misleading at the same time.  This is called “selective truth telling,” and it is frequently used in political campaigns, toy advertisements, and other forms of propaganda. (p. 167.)

The author, Maryrose Wood, has written YA novels, but this is her first children’s book.  I will be looking forward to the rest of the series!

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4 Responses to “The Mysterious Howling”

  1. Julie Erickson Says:

    Sounds promising!

    • sarah Says:

      Julie, I sent the ARC to another coworker, but if you’d like it after her, I’d be happy to have her send it on to you. Just let me know!


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