The Interrupted Tale

The Interrupted Tale

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series, Book 4

eBook - 2013
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Fans of Lemony Snicket and the Mysterious Benedict Society books will devour the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, about a governess and her three charges--children who have been raised by wolves.In The Interrupted Tale, the fourth title in the acclaimed and hilarious mystery series, Miss Penelope Lumley's sixteenth birthday is not quite sweet. Her parents remain absent, and her friend, Simon, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home.Luckily, an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females provides just the diversion Penelope needs. But when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students, so the board can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her school--and of her job as governess to the...
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780062202864

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mvkramer Dec 19, 2015

Miss Lumley is called back to her old school to give a speech - but all is not well. The sinister Judge Quinzy has become a member of the board of trustees, and banned singing, jam and birthday parties. Plus, he wants to change the name of the school to The Quinzy School for Miserable Girls. Can Miss Lumley and the Incorrigibles save the day? Do yourself a favor and check out the audiobook version, the reader is great!

QueenBoadicea Aug 13, 2015

The redoubtable Ms. Lumley returns in another continuation of her thrilling adventures with the Incorrigible children. This novel takes us back to her roots and Ms. Wood’s voluble prose steeps the reader in the origins of the Swanburne girls. A world almost devoid of males, the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females shines like a beacon of hope—until it is threatened by outside influences.

This reader was pleasantly jolted by the realization of the feminism inherent in this series. Suddenly, I was made aware of just how powerful these fictional girls can be in their resourcefulness, intelligence, steeliness under fire and loyalty. It seems silly to come to that conclusion so late, in Ms. Wood’s fourth installment in the Incorrigible saga, but that only shows how subtly she made the point. Ms. Lumley’s steadfastness and sensible nature did not arise out of a vacuum but from a solid foundation of education, camaraderie and female companionship.

As always, the book abounds with axioms, pith, wit and little erudite lessons tucked in here and there. The Incorrigible children still have a habit of howling but now it’s rather endearing instead of irksome. Here’s hoping Ms. Lumley figures out the curse hanging over their heads and saves these lupine darlings.

FindingJane Aug 13, 2015

The redoubtable Ms. Lumley returns in another continuation of her thrilling adventures with the Incorrigible children. This novel takes us back to her roots and Ms. Wood’s voluble prose steeps the reader in the origins of the Swanburne girls. A world almost devoid of males, the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females shines like a beacon of hope—until it is threatened by outside influences.

This reader was pleasantly jolted by the realization of the feminism inherent in this series. Suddenly, I was made aware of just how powerful these fictional girls can be in their resourcefulness, intelligence, steeliness under fire and loyalty. It seems silly to come to that conclusion so late, in Ms. Wood’s fourth installment in the Incorrigible saga, but that only shows how subtly she made the point. Ms. Lumley’s steadfastness and sensible nature did not arise out of a vacuum but from a solid foundation of education, camaraderie and female companionship.

As always, the book abounds with axioms, pith, wit and little erudite lessons tucked in here and there. The Incorrigible children still have a habit of howling but now it’s rather endearing instead of irksome. Here’s hoping Ms. Lumley figures out the curse hanging over their heads and saves these lupine darlings.

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May 14, 2015

This is part of a delightful series that appeals to all ages. Very clever with lots of dry humor to amuse adults as well as children. The audio version is even better!

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andreareads
Dec 20, 2014

These books are very silly, but charming.

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Alas, despite its many practical uses, the time machine has yet to be invented, although a library card and a leap of the imagination have been known to do the job nearly as well.

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