Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 book 103

Maryrose Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
OK, I love love loved this book, but am so frustrated b/c it's clearly the start of a series and I'm dying to know what happens next! Anyway, it's set in olden times in England and centers on a young governess (who's been well-trained at a school for Poor Bright Females, which right there gives you a hint of what this book's humor is like) who's hired to teach three children who, it seems, were literally raised by wolves. I've seen a lot of Lemony Snicket comparisons, but the writing here is looser and less clever-on-purpose. As she attempts to civilize them, the reader realizes there's more at stake than just their education. Here's an article and interview with the author for your perusal. A.

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