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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!

The first five books of the series are currently available, with the sixth book and series finale due out in summer 2018.

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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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

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

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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.

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

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I love the suggestions for books!! Thanks!

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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.

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

Amy S

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We may have to check these out!

Anne

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Just borrowed the audiobooks from our library! Can’t wait!

Robin E.

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Anne,
I haven’t personally listened to the audiobook, but I have been told the narrator is excellent. I hope you enjoy it!

Jacquie Forrer

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These look great! I’ll have to look into them for my kiddos

Robin E.

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Jacquie,
I hope your kiddos enjoy these books!

Meeghan

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Sounds like something my kids will love! Thank you! ;)

Georgette H

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Thank you for this review! The short blurb I first read about them did not make me want to read these books (nor allow my children to read them with so many other good books available). Your review gave more information and has me now wanting to run to the library and check them out (well, to be honest, reserve them online for my husband to pick up for us)!

Robin E.

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Georgette,
We know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes we shouldn’t judge it by its short synopsis either! I’ve run into this myself as well. Sometimes the little blurb about a book just doesn’t do it justice.

I hope you and your children enjoyed these!

Carol

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Thank you much for these books. Good for summer reading.

stacey brown

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Thanks for telling us about this series. I’m always looking for good books and there are so many to choose from. It’s nice to get a review to help with decision making.

Robin E.

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Stacey,
You’re welcome! You know what they say, “So many books, so little time!” 😀

These look interesting! I’ll have to check them out.

Nichole Millikan

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These books look like fun. We would love to start this series!

Amanda

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These look like fun books!

Kimberly

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These look like great stories.

Amber

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I love this series. My 5 year old is obsessed with animals so it is really fun for her to hear about kids that act like wolves.

Robin E.

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Amber,
Thank you for letting us know that your 5-year-old is enjoying this series, as we just had a question about this series and a child that age. It’s great to know it’s a good fit!

Victoria Whatley

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Interesting

Sandy Matus

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Just placed them on hold at our local library!! Thanks for the recommendation!!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Sandy! (And I love the hold feature at the library. 😊)

Sandy Matus

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So do I!! We picked up the first two books this morning!!

Kendra

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These sound like fun

Simone

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Are all the books age 8+. These look good but worried it may be too much for my 5 year old to listen to

Robin E.

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Simone,
You could try the first one out and see how it goes. If your child isn’t enjoying it after the first two or three chapters, you can always try again in a few years.

However, someone just commented here that her 5-year-old has enjoyed this series. https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/incorrigible-children-ashton-place/#comment-138105

Give it a try.

Lindsey

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Going to check our library today!

Trista

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Have added this to our reading list.

Tyna Begley

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Intriging. I will have to see if our library has these…

Jenna

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I love this info for new book ideas for my son!

Stacey Bates

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This is on our summer reading list.

Lynette Williams

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I’ve been wondering about this series every time I pass it in the library. Thanks for the review! With summer upon us, we need a giant stack of new reading material. This series just made the list.

Robin E.

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I’m glad we were able to answer your questions about this series, Lynette! I hope you enjoy it.

Sherry

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I love your reading recommendations! I have downloaded the 200+ chapter book list. Our library has exactly 0 of them! Bummer! I need to move somewhere that has a better library, I guess. My oldest daughter has read every book in our house multiple times, and now my youngest is starting to read, so we need to figure out a good online library or something like that.

Robin E.

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Sherry,
How disappointing! Maybe you could take the list and ask to speak to whomever at your library is responsible for ordering books, particularly children’s books. They need to see that they are missing out on so many great titles! And our 200+ Chapter Books Your Kids Will Love list includes a good mix of new and classic titles. Hopefully you can figure something out.

Terri

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Looks like a fun series.

Alison O

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We have read the first book together. We are really excited to read the others :)

LAURA MALZON

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Read these with my daughter and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Her clever humor kept us giggling and the mysteries kept us intrigued. :)

Robin E.

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Laura,
I’m glad to hear that your daughter and you have thoroughly enjoyed these. Humor and mystery is a great combination! Thank you.

Katie

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Love this. I’ll have to look into it more.

Morgan

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I like the art featured on the cover of the books. They look interesting!

Ellen

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Love this!

Lisa

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What an exciting series!

Morganne

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Could you say what reading level this is for? I mean in terms of where my child would be with AAR to be able to read this book fairly independently.

Robin E.

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Morganne,
Good question. We are recommending this book generally as a read aloud. Many students would need to finish All About Reading 4 before they would be ready to read this alone, although some would likely be able to enjoy it after All About Reading 3.

Amy

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LOVE your recommendations, thank you. I have a 7 yr old grandson that will stay with me this summer, I look forward to reading these to him.

Robin E.

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Amy,
How much fun to read aloud to your grandchild! I want to someday be a grandma that reads loud too!

Amanda Evans

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This is great! My son & I just added this to our reading list for the summer! Thank you for the book reviews and recommendations!

Sasha

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We have been absolutely engrossed in this series! Right now we are in the middle of book 5, my boys are super excited that Book 6 is almost ready to be released.

Robin E.

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Great timing, Sasha! I find it frustrating when I have to wait years to finish a series, but a few months just builds anticipation!

A.V.

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Looks like a fun series to start this summer!

Tess

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This looks like a great reader series for me to read aloud during our 20 min reading time!

Robin E.

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Tess,
This series should keep everyone interested in you reading aloud! Have fun with them.

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