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

The Incorrigible children actually were.

Turning 16 is a bittersweet occasion for Miss Penelope Lumley: Her parents remain disappointingly absent, and her perfectly nice young playwright friend, Simon Harley-Dickinson, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home in Brighton.

Luckily, an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females provides just the diversion Penelope needs.

Optoomuchstic as ever, Penelope hopes to give her CAKE talk, see some old friends, and show off the Incorrigible children to Miss Mortimer, but instead she finds her beloved school in an uproar. And when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne Academy board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students so the board can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her alma mater - and of her job as governess to the Incorrigibles - hangs in the balance.

©2013 Maryrose Wood (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-06-17

I love this series!

Narrator Katherine Kellgren does not merely read the books in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, she performs them with her perfect timing and incredible voice range.She is quite simply the best!

These novels by Maryrose Wood are written for preteens, but people of all ages enjoy them. My age is 74 and I enjoy the series immensely. The Interrupted Tale is set at 16 year Penny's former school. She brings the three Incorrigible children for whom she is governess with her to the school. Alexander, Beowulf, and their little sister Cassiopeia who were first raised by wolves are after one year with Penny becoming well educated.

I cannot stress enough just how wonderful these audio books are. The Have my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION for all ages from 5 to 100 years old. While each novel in the series stands alone, listening to them in order is important.

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This is a great series for middle school students

Would you consider the audio edition of The Interrupted Tale to be better than the print version?

Both are great

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Interrupted Tale?

The howling children and their insistence to refer to the founder of Swanburn Academy as the flounder. The two pink chickens were also great.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My granddaughter and I listen to this book in the car and laughed and laughed often.

Any additional comments?

Start at the beginning of this series and enjoy a great time listening to the unwinding tale.

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great story!

this installment of the series is a great piece of the puzzle. I loved it!

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  • stephanie
  • greenville, nh, United States
  • 09-26-18

excellent series!! we've listened to it twice!

to hear the most recent one with good momentum, we listened to the whole series again. my children love it, it's beautifully narrated, funny, and engaging.

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My dauther is hooked on this series

My daughter loves solving the mysteries throughout the storyline. The narrator is fantastic and engages her in the plot. She makes listening a pleasure.

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Love the characters and the voices...

I find myself giggling at the voices of the children... I really do like this series a lot! I'll probably listen again once I finish the latest book.

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it will be hard to hear anyone else

RIP Katherine Kellgren. Mary Rose Wood's writing is fantastic but Ms. Kellgren's narration beings them to life.

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We love it!

My daughter and I are loving this series. This is the best one so far! Ms. Kellgren gives a phenomenal performance of each and every character.

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This series is fantastic

Yet another great Ashton book. Really fun to read with your tween. If you liked A Series of Unfortunate Events you will love this. I think it's really better. The writing is so sharp and the reader is amazing. I think she is truly amazing. High Marks!!!

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Wonderful!

Another wonderful installment in this set of books. A joy to hear by young and old.

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  • 09-10-18

excellent

As with all of the Incorrigible Children...
My kids say that this is their favourite set of books we have read this year (and we read a lot)
May be a bit scary for kids under 7 years old to listen to on their own.
This series of book is read by the most amazingly tallented woman.
Well done.