The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood

The first book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.

Miss Penelope Lumley, fifteen years old, leaves her beloved school to become a professional governess. Her employers are Lord and Lady Ashton, the wealthiest people for miles. However, Penelope discovers that she didn’t understand all the terms before taking the job.

It turns out that her three pupils have been raised by wolves. Literally. They were found in the woods, and brought to Ashton Place.

Penelope finds that the children, outlandishly named Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, are actually quite friendly, so long as you can look past the chewing, barking, and howling. Penelope accidentally finds herself boasting a little too soon of their accomplishments. Lady Ashton is quite astonished by her report and invites Penelope and the children to a Christmas ball. Of course, she says, they will need perfect table manners, learn all the socially useful phrases, and of course, the Schottish. But what is the Schottish?

Penelope finds that maybe she has gotten herself in a little too far as she tries to teach the children everything they need to know before the dreaded Christmas ball.


Maryrose Wood is an outstanding author, however, it is the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, that really makes the story. Each character has a distinct voice, some of them quite hilarious, and are each full of emotion. It really is more like a radio drama.

One thing that is really special about Maryrose Wood is that she has a very unique way of getting across a point. For instance, she usually begins a chapter with, “If you have ever……” and then goes into a long tangent that describes the way Penelope feels.

It is set in the Victorian era in England, but it is not really historical fiction, if you get what I mean….

I highly recommend this series for all ages, simply because it is outrageously funny, clean, and mysterious.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Violence: 2/10

Language: 0/10 (unless exclaiming ‘Blast!’ when a certain book goes missing counts….)

Inappropriateness/Romance: 0/10

Audience: Ages 8 and up


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