The Unseen Guest

The Unseen Guest

Book - 2012
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"Miss Penelope Lumley embarks on an investigation into the mysteries surrounding the Incorrigible children, Lord Ashton, the forests of Ashton Place, and her own past"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780061791185
Branch Call Number: WOO
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

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mvkramer Nov 07, 2015

I love this series! Whimsical and witty, with an intriguing mystery to keep you going from book to book. In this volume, the Incorrigibles and Miss Lumley go out into the wilderness to find a lost ostrich - and uncover more questions about the children's background.

QueenBoadicea Aug 11, 2015

The plot thickens, simmers and—gets a little overdone. The mystery of the Incorrigible children gets no closer to a solution although the questions continue to accumulate. Mr. Quinzy (who was revealed to be a bogus judge with the previous installment) has a plot concerning the children but it’s not clear as to why or what is involved. Suffice it to say, the zaniness of the story gets a decided jolt as the characters encounter an escaped ostrich, not-so-feral wolves, a botched séance, a scheming fortune hunter and a picnic basket of replenishing sandwiches.

New characters are introduced, old ones reappear and through it all the capable Miss Penelope Lumley manifests the same steadiness of character that has defined her in the two previous books. The Giddyap, Rainbow! series that she relied upon has started to lose its appeal by this third book and the author is cannily aware of that fact. Just as the reader starts getting bored and a little irked by the constant references to it, so does Miss Lumley. The heroine is getting older, maturing and learning to put aside childish things.

She is an admirable character, one to keep watching and reading. I look forward to reading about her as much as about her curious charges.

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FindingJane
Aug 11, 2015

The plot thickens, simmers and—gets a little overdone. The mystery of the Incorrigible children gets no closer to a solution although the questions continue to accumulate. Mr. Quinzy (who was revealed to be a bogus judge with the previous installment) has a plot concerning the children but it’s not clear as to why or what is involved. Suffice it to say, the zaniness of the story gets a decided jolt as the characters encounter an escaped ostrich, not-so-feral wolves, a botched séance, a scheming fortune hunter and a picnic basket of replenishing sandwiches.

New characters are introduced, old ones reappear and through it all the capable Miss Penelope Lumley manifests the same steadiness of character that has defined her in the two previous books. The Giddyap, Rainbow! series that she relied upon has started to lose its appeal by this third book and the author is cannily aware of that fact. Just as the reader starts getting bored and a little irked by the constant references to it, so does Miss Lumley. The heroine is getting older, maturing and learning to put aside childish things.

She is an admirable character, one to keep watching and reading. I look forward to reading about her as much as about her curious charges.

ChristchurchLib Jun 25, 2013

"In this 3rd volume in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, the three wolfish Incorrigibles are finally overcoming their animal ways, thanks to their clever teenage governess Penelope. But the arrival of the scheming Admiral Faucet (pronounced "faw-say," thank you very much) and the search for a missing ostrich puts not only the childrens' progress, but also the children themselves in jeopardy. Fans won't be disappointed in this "deliciously melodramatic Victorian mystery" (Kirkus Reviews) brimming with juicy clues, witty wordplay, and sly humour. Looking for more bright, plucky Victorian heroines like Penelope? Check out the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer." June 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=649345

joanniek Apr 13, 2013

This series is fantastic, and I can't wait to read the next one. I love how the mystery is unravelling. I love the character of Miss Penelope Lumley. And the three kids are just adorable in their pursuits, likes and hobbies.

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ACatNamedTofu
Aug 26, 2012

I really like this series. The writing is so clever and written in such a way that even if the storyline was awful (which it isn't, it's remarkably fun), I would still read it.

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slacks
Jun 02, 2012

Fun read for adults (who like children's literature). 3rd book in series following orphan wolf-raised children and their young governess in England, probably around 1900's or so. The characters are all enjoyable and the story is interesting & writing is clever. Suitable for advanced readers ages 9 & up to read independently.

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andreareads
Sep 23, 2013

“Sometimes there is no right thing to do,” she concluded. “There are merely a number of wrong things, and one must choose the least wrong among them.” (Those of you who have ever taken a multiple-choice quiz and found yourself searching in vain for “none of the above” will no doubt understand exactly what she meant.)

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andreareads
Sep 23, 2013

In some places “derby” is pronounced _dah-bee_, in others, _derr-bee_ . . . Fortunately, the rules of horse racing are much simpler than the rules of English pronunciation.

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andreareads
Sep 23, 2013

unlike a real girl, Edith-Anne Pevington never seemed to get any older; it is one of the advantages of being fictional, or one of the disadvantages, if you prefer to see it that way . . .

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Sep 23, 2013

She lowered her voice to the sort of loud, gossipy whisper that fairly begs to be overheard.

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Sep 23, 2013

If you want fresh ideas in your head, get some fresh mud on your boots.

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yellow_snipe_7 Jun 08, 2013

yellow_snipe_7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 15

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