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Wed, March 17th, 2010
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: Fifteen-year-old Penelope Lumley, recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, arrives at Ashton Place for her first interview. She is responding to an ad for an “energetic governess for three lively children… experience with animals strongly preferred.” In The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Harper/Balzer + Bray 2010) something seems odd […]


Thu, April 30th, 2009
The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: Do not be deceived by the saccharine sweet cover! This wonderful little gem is a wacky mix of Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes and Jack Gantos at his bizarre best. Wealthy orphaned Petronella Arbuthnot is celebrating her sixteenth birthday with an assembly of friends. Her guardian, Augustus T. Percival, laughing widely at a joke, inadvertently […]





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