The Hidden Gallery

The Hidden Gallery

Book - 2011
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Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a governess trained at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, takes the three Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place to London, England, and learns they are under a curse.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 313 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780061791130
9780061791123
Branch Call Number: j Wood
Additional Contributors: Klassen, Jon
Wood, Maryrose

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QueenBoadicea Aug 09, 2015

Much like the Lemony Snicket novels involving the Baudelaire children, the Incorrigible series gives us moments of hilarity and bumbling humor mixed with hints of sinister doings. The second book in the series only deepens the mystery without providing clear answers. Gypsies, pirates, parrots, actors, false judges, runaway bicycles, mysterious paintings, a one-of-a-kind guide book, and a curse (!) lend their spirited energy, creating page after page of japery, witticism and adventure.

With pithy (if sometimes oddball) homilies by the fictional Agatha Swanburne sprinkled throughout the books, the Incorrigibles are an amusing read. The erudite passages are light hearted in manner yet undeniably educational; it’s almost as if the author were determined not only to entertain but enlighten as well. Children reading this may get taught almost without realizing it. Don’t get too caught up in the mystery, however. Featuring as it does lost, stolen or abandoned children and a possible lycanthropic bane, it’s just too convoluted to be figured out easily.

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Tdifan4510
Nov 03, 2013

I have to say I liked this book better than the first one. I've loved both books in this series, but I think the new characters were a great addition to the story. I though Simon was a great character to add and hope we will see more of him in the next book!

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songofthewhitewolf
May 06, 2013

Very good but wouldn't say it was better than the first.

2907100117823v Aug 20, 2012

Funny, I'd disagree with LibraryDragon and agree with andreareads. I like the second book, this one, better than the first.
I accidentally read this one first and loved it. I've just finished "Mysterious Howling", but I'm eager to read the third, there were lots of mysteries to unravel at the end of book two. The writing style is fun with asides and explanations, rich vocabulary and funny situations.
I can't wait to read book three.
A Burlington Library staffer.

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ACatNamedTofu
Jul 23, 2012

I am loving this series so far--from the Victorian setting to the writing style...and I like Miss Lumley's new young gentleman friend quite a bit.

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maggib
Jun 12, 2012

I just started reading this ( I am on page 17 ) and I love it sooo much I am so exited to keep reading it I have a feeling I am going to love the rest of this book!!!!

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andreareads
Jun 08, 2012

With the first book (The Mysterious Howling) the formal tone and old-fashioned language gave the effect of a book written close to the time the story is set, so I found the more modern references odd. With this second book it's clear from the first chapter that we are in the present day looking at the past, and the deliberate "compare and contrast" asides about the two time periods are used to humourous effect, so I enjoyed this book more than the first one. I also thought the plot in this second book was an improvement. We have some series wide mysteries (Have we all figured out Lord Fredrick's secret by now?) but this particular story of the children's adventures in London is resolved. Looking forward to the next.

fgjmy7 Jul 16, 2011

Takes in the senses of an average ten year old girl.

Library_Dragon Apr 14, 2011

A fine addition to this series, though not quite as compelling as the first book. Still a lot of fun, though! :)

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leah_p Sep 15, 2013

Things were not looking up at all. In fact, they were looking decidedly glum - at least for Penelope, they were. But when the seesaw of good fortune sinks downward for one person, it is very often on its way up for someone else. This little-known law of physics is called the Fulcrum of Fortune, and although most people prefer to think of fortune as a wheel that spins, the fulcrum (that is, seesaw) is a more accurate depiction for most of us, since the worse our luck becomes, the more likely we are to notice the good fortune of those around us and brood about the injustice of it all.

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andreareads
Jun 08, 2012

Penelope had never been to London. However, she had read a great deal about it: a noisy, odorous, fogbound city where gaslight made the nighttime bright as day, yet the air was so thick with coal soot that the daytime was dim as dusk, and where poor orphans were likely to have terrifying encounters with escaped convicts, but were just as likely to inherit large fortunes willed to them by long-lost relatives they never knew they had. Surely such a paradoxical place would be well worth a visit.

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andreareads
Jun 08, 2012

“Within reason” is not the sort of place one can easily find on a map; in fact, its location may vary considerably from one day to the next.

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andreareads
Jun 08, 2012

Lady Constance sounded merry in the sort of brightly exaggerated way that made it clear she was trying not to cry, and perhaps not entirely succeeding.

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andreareads
Jun 08, 2012

perhaps Mr. Burns was using his poetic license. This is the license that allows poets to say things that are not precisely true without being accused of telling lies. Anyone may obtain such a license, but still, the powers it grants must be wielded responsibly.

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andreareads
Jun 08, 2012

This is the trouble with optimism, you see: In excess, it makes even ridiculous ideas seem worth a try.

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