Recommend A is a weekly meme hosted by shanyn at http://chickloveslit.com/
Today’s prompt for Recommend A… is “book that someone else recommended to you” and my recommendation is The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood.
The Mysterious Howling is a fun middle grade read. In this book Miss Penelope Lumley graduates from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and becomes a governess for three very strange and very wild children. The story flows nicely with lots of action and humour to gain and keep the reader’s interest. This book would be great for middle grade readers but I would also recommend it for children who are younger if they are reading above their grade level or if parents are looking for a wonderful book to read aloud. Maryrose Wood’s writing is engaging for people of any age and even adults will find themselves eager to read the next book in the series, The Hidden Gallery.
This book is great for a variety of ages, even younger children because the writing focuses on the characters and the scrapes they get themselves into. There’s no cellphones, texting, facebook, etc in this book as it is set before these things were invented and there’s no sex, violence or other similar things that clog up more and more middle grade books. That’s not to say this book isn’t interesting, far from it. This book will manage to capture the attention of a range of ages and is perfectly appropriate for a family read aloud.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling receives a well deserved 5/5 and I would highly recommend it.