Reviews for Hidden Gallery

AudioFile Reviews 2011 June
No character is too minor to receive the full treatment of Katherine Kellgren's astonishing narration. When Penelope is hired as governess at Ashton Place, she's puzzled by the howling that everyone else refuses to acknowledge. She's soon shocked to learn that her young charges were initially raised in the wild. Kellgren's portrayals of the heroine, lords, ladies, children, and servants add authenticity to a somewhat melodramatic tale. Most enjoyable are the pithy sayings from Penelope's school days that run through her mind as she copes with her many adversities. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 4-6--Maryrose Wood's wolf-like incorrigible children are back with the well-composed Miss Penelope Lumley as their governess in another wild adventure (2011). Following the disastrous Christmas party at the end of The Mysterious Howling (2010, both Balzer + Bray), Ashton Place is under repairs. To escape from the mess, Lady Ashton moves the entire family, including the children and Penelope, to London where she intends to spend her time with high-society acquaintances and shop in pricey stores. Penelope's plans include exposing the children to as much culture and history as possible. However, everything quickly goes awry as a strange guidebook, a mysterious warning, crazy pirates, and a new friend enter their lives. The story is full of fun and mystery, providing a few new clues into the lives of the children, Penelope, and Lord Ashton. The real treasure here is narrator Katherine Kellgren who brilliantly voices this quirky cast of characters. Listeners will appreciate everything from the engaging but decidedly wolf-like voices of the children to the earnest Miss Lumley and the screeching hysterics of Lady Ashton. Kellgren's pacing is perfect, pulling listeners along breathlessly when the Incorrigibles find themselves in danger and slowing down for a hint of amusement as the narrator adds her diverting asides. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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