Author(s): Maryrose Wood
Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels. Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as a governess to these three young children who have been raised by wolves. Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position.
Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first they must tackle the basics. Penelope must teach the Incorrigibles to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in time for a holiday ball. And mysteries abound at Ashton Place. Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? And what of Penelope herself, whose origins are also cloaked in secrecy. The first book in an intriguing new series.
It's the best beginning since The Bad Beginning (1999) [by Lemony Snicket] and will leave readers howling for the next episode. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)