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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Chapter Books

Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said, ‘they must have been raised by wolves’… these rascals actually were!

If you love the thrill of a mystery, the elegance of the English countryside, and the fun of intriguing and quirky characters, you’ll find it all at Ashton Place, an estate with more secrets than a squirrel has whiskers.

Who Are the Incorrigible Children?

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is a six-book mystery series exploring the unusual origins of Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia, and how they came to be left in the woods to be raised by wolves. The children’s governess, Miss Penelope, tries to make sure they learn their Latin, etiquette, and poetry, but she has her hands full just trying to teach them that birds are for watching, not for lunch.

Set against the backdrop of a vast English estate, these mysteries masterfully combine a suspenseful storyline with laugh-out-loud humor and endearing (albeit unusual!) characters.

Take our free Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series Checklist to your local library!

About the Author and Series

Maryrose Wood has done many things: she’s been an actor and a comedian, she’s written award-winning plays, and she’s taught writing. And, of course, she’s written six books about the Incorrigible Children.

Her knack for combining silly situations with an old-fashioned writing style makes the series ideal for readers of all ages. As her author biography says, she “writes books for the sort of reader who is not yet old enough to drive but enjoys taking journeys of the imagination nonetheless.” Everyone will be kept guessing by the intriguing twists of the mystery, and they might even learn a thing or two about poetic meter along the way!

About the Books

In the first book of the series, The Mysterious Howling, Miss Penelope Lumley answers an ad for a governess position at a peculiar old estate called Ashton Place. She’s sure she can handle anything—after all, she’s a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. But instead of the well-behaved children she expected to tutor, Penelope soon realizes she’s been hired to civilize three wild, barking, nipping children who were literally raised by wolves.

Armed with only her education, a book of German poetry, and the pithy sayings of Academy founder Agatha Swanburne, Penelope has a challenge ahead of her. But the task is made even harder by the deadline for taming the children: Lady Constance’s rapidly approaching Christmas party. The children will have to display their newfound knowledge of subjects like speaking English and using forks, all in front of the guests—if only they don’t get distracted by squirrels!

Then it’s on to London in The Hidden Gallery, where the Incorrigibles meet a mysterious soothsayer. She seems to know something about their pasts, and maybe even their futures. But the woman is not quite as interesting to Penelope as another new friend in the city—a playwright named Simon Harley-Dickinson. He has a knack for navigating and a taste for adventure, both of which come in handy when he’s around the Incorrigibles! A misguided guidebook, a peculiar pirate play, and a highly recommended portrait gallery (that no one knows how to find) are all elements of the deepening mystery of the Incorrigible Children.

In the next installment, the Incorrigibles are home again at Ashton Place and about to meet The Unseen Guest. There are other guests around too, including Lord Fredrick’s melancholy mother and her admirer Admiral Faucet. The entrepreneurial admiral has brought along his newest business scheme—a racing ostrich. But the ostrich has just escaped into the same woods where the Incorrigibles were found roaming with wolves! When the Incorrigibles are enlisted to help track down the bird, will they be able to resist the call of the wild? Can Penelope ever convince them to return to Ashton Place?

*Please note: As always, we recommend that you review all reading material before giving it to your child to read to ensure that the books are appropriate for your child.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series at a Glance

Author: Maryrose Wood
Genre: children’s fiction, mystery
Interests: mysteries, history, adventure, secrets, poetry
Suggested age range: 8 to 12
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 6 books, 288 to 448 pages

Other Books in the Series

Have you ever tried audiobooks as a voice-saving option for family read-aloud time? The Audible.com recordings of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place are so much fun to listen to!

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series Checklist

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Melinda Jimenez

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Thank you 😊 Maryrose Wood. These books 📚 will be my whole childhood
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Karen

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Your 200 plus chapter books is great! Some other ones to consider: The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner, The Melendy series by Elizabeth Enright starting with the Saturdays, The Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers starting with the Bark of the Bog Owl, and my children really loved the Geronimo and Thea Stilton series as well. Happy reading!

Robin E.

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Thank you for these wonderful suggestions, Karen! My youngest loved the Boxcar Children and read many in the series.

Christine Mayfield

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I need to borrow these books for my daughter.

Heather Pope

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My kids love mysteries and I have been on the hunt for some. Thank you for the recommendation, I will definitly look into these, they look really cute.

Robin E.

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Oh, they are super cute! I hope your kids have a lot of fun with these, Heather.

Emily Main

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We started listening to the audio books. At first my 8 and 10 year old boys weren’t too sure about it, but after a few chapters, they were hooked. I love them too. They are hilarious (indeed much of the wry humor, I actually grasp and understand more than they do). The writing is brisk and has many great character building ideas. We’re on book two and completely fascinated. It challenges children’s minds and vocabulary in a delightfully entertaining way. Thanks for the recommendation!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Emily. Thank you for letting us know how much you and your children have been enjoying the series!

Taylor Terry

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One of our favorites, we have been listening to these wonderful stories in the car. The vocabulary and tangential side stories add so much to these sweet tales. The incorrigible children make for a much better mood than Lemony Snickets dark tales.

Robin Hagadone

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We just started these as our read aloud. So far we love it! Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.

Lynda

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Thanks for sharing! This series seems like it will be a great fit for my children.

Jamie Lobb

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Thanks for the post! I’m always looking for books to capture my 11 year old’s interest and imagination!

Ericka

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This series looks wonderful, exactly the type of book that my 11 year old loves! He’s a voracious reader and it can be a struggle to find new authors for him. And it only adds to it that I often say my children act like they’ve “raised by wolves”.

Robin E.

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It sounds like this series is just what your 11-year-old needs, Ericka! 😊

Felicity

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Thanks for the recommendation we have been listening to the first two and are hooked!

Bree

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My son loved these books!

MiCa

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Love the book reviews! Thanks!

Jennifer

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I love these books! They are so much fun!

Rhonda K

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I’m very picky about what we read for family read-alouds, but I picked up the first one on the recommendation of a trusted friend. We are now on book three and are thoroughly enjoying them! It’s all I can do to not read ahead on my own!

Robin E.

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Rhonda,
This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes about books: “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ~C. S. Lewis. 😊

Jill B

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I would also HIGHLY recommend the audio books. We’ve listened to ALL 6 books, and we loved them! The narrators are excellent! (The last book has a different narrator.) They are very engaging and fun!

Robin E.

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Jill,
Thank you for the recommendation! I keep hearing wonderful things about the audiobook versions of this series.

Deborah

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These look so fun! Can’t wait to try this series out.

Alison O

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We listened to the first one on audio book. We LOVED it! Can’t wait to get the next one!

Robin E.

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Alison,
Thank you for letting us know you loved the first book! I’ve heard especially great things about the audiobook too.

Ann Kathman

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Thank you for new great book ideas!

Aztia

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This series looks like fun! I’m interested in these books for my son.

Carley

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I love book recommendations for my mischievous littles, especially when the story is entertaining and helps build an inner guidance for the little devils. :) These things also help me remember that I’m not alone!!!! Haha. Mistakes build character, but they don’t make you evil!

Stefanie

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These books are amazing and also recommended by the Read Aloud Revival!

Robin E.

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Stefanie,
I didn’t know Read Aloud Revival was recommending these books as well!

Dani

says:

Thank you for the review. Will be adding these to our reading list.

Ashley

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I’ll have to add this to our reading list!

Sarah Gentry

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These books sound so interesting!

Beth C.

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Thank you for this review. I’m always on the look out for good books for my kids.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Beth! I hope your kids enjoy these.

Kelly

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We’re excited to check these out! Thanks for sharing :)

Jamie

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I love the suggestions for books!! Thanks!

Sarah

says:

This looks like a really fun set of books! I think my kids would really enjoy them!

Corrine

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Thank you for these suggestions. We checked them out and the kids are living them so far.

Robin E.

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Corrine,
Thank you for letting us know your kids are loving this series so far!

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