Having graduated a year early from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, fifteen year old Penelope Lumley is off to interview for a governess position at Ashton Place. After a rushed meeting with Lady Constance, Penelope is shocked to discover three dirty, wild-haired children howling in the stables. Much to his bride of six month's consternation, Lord Ashton discovered the feral group while hunting the woods of his vast estate and decided to keep them. Now Penelope must draw upon every ounce ingenuity and skill at her disposal in order to civilize the Incorrigible trio.
Successful teen author Maryrose Wood makes her middle-grade debut with a charming, lighthearted Victorian mystery featuring a heroine brimming with intelligent gumption and a supporting cast that is (respectively) endearing, humorous, fluttery, pompous, and downright vexing. By juxtaposing the historical circumstances and details with examples from contemporary life, Ms. Wood gives young readers easily identifiable touchstones for reference. All in all, a winning combo that has me eagerly anticipating the next installment.
*Originally written for and posted at TeensReadToo