Reviews for Mysterious Howling


AudioFile Reviews 2010 May
Newly graduated from England's Swanbourne Academy for Poor Bright Females, prim and very proper Miss Penelope Lumley is hired as a governess for three children living at Ashton Place. The 15-year-old Penny takes it in stride when she discovers the children were raised by wolves and communicate only in barks and growls. Katherine Kellgren's outstanding interpretation sets just the right tone in this clever and amusing tale. Her ability to speak effortlessly with varying British accents--from aristocratic to Cockney--allows listeners to become completely absorbed. Kellgren's reserved Miss Lumley rises to the challenge when the snobbish Lady Ashton insists she must civilize the three orphans before her holiday ball. Kellgren's charming narration will leave listeners howling for the next installment. L.A.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #4
Narrator Kellgren's spot-on voicing of this howlingly funny romp is a wonder of tongue-in-cheek deadpan humor. In a bracing British accent she recounts the adventures of plucky fifteen-year-old governess Penelope Lumley and her young charges: three children raised by wolves. The fun kicks into high gear when snooty foster parents Lord and Lady Ashton plan a Christmas party to unveil the reformed trio's conversion from wild savages to genteel Victorian children. Tenderhearted Penny soon has the three reciting their lessons in a symphony of woofs, growls, and howls, with Kellgren unabashedly setting loose her inner animal. Here's one madcap melodrama that will have listeners alternately chortling and cheering-and clamoring for the next installment in the series. A must-have title for summer family listening. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August

Gr 4-6--"Were you raised by wolves?" is a common question when children behave in an unruly manner. In Maryrose Wood's witty gem (HarperCollins, 2010), the answer is "Yes!" On a hunting trip, Lord Fredrick Ashton discovers three wild, naked children and decides to bring them home. His wife is too spoiled to care for feral children, so she hires Penelope Lumley to be their governess. Penelope's primary responsibility is to prepare the children for a holiday party that will occur in just a few months. All goes according to plan, and the children impress the guests with their etiquette and education. But a troublemaker's scheming threatens to undo all of their hard work, and their future at Ashton Place is uncertain. The tale concludes with several unanswered questions, building anticipation for the next volume in this excellent new series. Katherine Kellgren brilliantly narrates the tale which is told from Penelope's perspective; she also gives unique, convincing voices to the entire cast of characters. Listeners will particularly enjoy her interpretation of the children's speech patterns, including life-like wolf noises. Her knack for pacing heightens tension at the appropriate moments. With an exceptional story and first-rate narration, this audiobook is a must-have for library collections.--Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, NY

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