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The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II | [Maryrose Wood]

The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II

Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.
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Publisher's Summary

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were.

Thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their plucky governess, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf pups now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees.

Despite Penelope's civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance's Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students.

But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards' bearskin hats, which drive the children wild not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children's and Penelope's mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways.

Spend some more time with the Incorrigible Children.

©2011 Maryrose Wood (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Brianna SPRING, TX, United States 04-24-12
    Brianna SPRING, TX, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A guidebook for entertainment"
    If you could sum up The Hidden Gallery in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, romantic, intriguing


    What other book might you compare The Hidden Gallery to and why?

    Unlike most books I read


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a full grasp of the characters. It is like a performance rather than a book reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a moment when Penelope is trying to ride an early bicycle with her eyes closed. She is trying to find the zoo by sense of smell. That actually isn't even the craziest thing that happens in the book. Hint: there is also an incident with singing pirates.


    Any additional comments?

    I still love the education in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Elmira, NY, United States 04-23-12
    Margaret Elmira, NY, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2003

    Audible addict since 2003. High School librarian who has found her bliss!

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    "Too good for kids!"
    Any additional comments?

    I adore this series! Wittily written, and matched with the perfect reader. Lemony Snicket, you've been topped.

    Can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Allen, TX, United States 04-06-12
    Tina Allen, TX, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Narrator!!"
    Where does The Hidden Gallery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The is one of the best narrations I've heard since joining Audible at the first of the year.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I love Katherine Kellgren's version of Lady Constance so so much. She really captures all of the characters and with such great inflection.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first review I have written, but I am enjoying this rendition so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-20-12
    Anne Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Sequel: Part 2 of the Incorrigible Children."

    Once again I enjoyed the exploits of the three children, originally raised by wolves, & their governess "Miss Lumley", or "Lumaroooo" as the children call her.

    However, read Part 1 before beginning this one, as it is a continuation of the original story. And, by the sound of the ending, there will be a Part 3 eventually, as the mystery of the children's, & their governess', origins have not yet been revealed.

    Their escapades in London are both interesting & funny, but possibly not quite as interest-holding as those of Ashton Place, in Book 1.

    Once again the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is superb in the various roles.

    A good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-09-11
    Darrin SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic story well read"

    My family listened to this book on a long car ride. Mom, Dad, son (12) and daughter (9) all agreed it was a very good book; even better than the first in the series (which son didn't like at all, but the rest of us did). We loved the accents of the reader, which were still easily understandable over the road noise of the car. In fact, I am sure that this book is much better listened to than read, as the reader really nailed all of the qualities of the characters. I'm not sure how well the book would work as a stand-alone without having read the first one. It seems like there might be times that it would be hard to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra N. Hamilton Ft. Worth, TX USA 06-20-13
    Alexandra N. Hamilton Ft. Worth, TX USA 06-20-13 Member Since 2005

    Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

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    "Goes nowhere"
    What disappointed you about The Hidden Gallery?

    The whole story was directionless with RANDOM characters that were, I guess, supposed to drive plot, but didn't. The whole story I kept waiting for there to be a point.


    What was most disappointing about Maryrose Wood’s story?

    It seemed to have little direction. Completely random, apparently important, characters show up and then disappear never to return. The heroine is a total flake, and Wood keeps hinting at a deeper mystery but gives little of that story. It gives the impression that she doesn't have it planned yet.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less screeching, howling, braying, and barking. Also fewer sound effects. Kellgren read the whole performance at a pace appropriate for the climax of an adventure story, which threw off the pacing of the tale. It is exhausting to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I got a headache. Also I mostly felt irritated.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    fenella Hong Kong, Hong Kong 07-04-12
    fenella Hong Kong, Hong Kong 07-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great story annoying voice"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Great story and had read it before but it was hard to take this reading as the voice got on your nerves after a bit - kids didnt seem to mind though!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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