Maryrose Wood is a former Broadway actor, comedian, and playwright. She is also the author of the teen novel THE POISON DIARIES and has written several other YA titles, including MY LIFE, THE MUSICAL and HOW I FOUND THE PERFECT DRESS. You can visit her online at www.maryrosewood.com.Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of the picture book I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson, and the middle-grade series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood.
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) "How hearty and delicious...Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and funny and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom (thank you, Agatha Swanburne). How will it all turn out? Appetites whetted." -- Booklist (starred review) With a Snicketesque affect, Wood's narrative propels the drama...pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire. Humorous antics and a climactic cliff-hanger ending will keep children turning pages and clamoring for the next volume, while more sophisticated readers will take away much more. Frequent plate-sized illustrations add wit and period flair. -- School Library Journal (starred review) Every newspaper and website in America is going to tell you that The Mysterious Howling will leave you HOWLING FOR MORE! So I'm not going to say that. But it's really good. -- Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday
When Lord Fredrick Ashton discovers three feral children, he brings them home in Maryrose Wood's witty gem of a novel (HarperCollins, 2010). Their governess, Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, must prepare the kids for a holiday party. All goes according to plan, and the children impress the guests. But when a troublemaker's scheming threatens to undo all of their hard work, suddenly their future at Ashton Place is uncertain. Katherine Kellgren superbly narrates the tale from Penelope's perspective. Her portrayal of the children's speech patterns, including wolf noises, is fantastic. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.