This series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I love the historical features of the book, as Wood is deft at subtly incorporating lessons in history, literature, and the like, while still keeping the story accessible to readers. Penelope Lumley is such a wonderful character, full of wisdom and grace and devotion to her three pupils. What I love especially about this sequel is that we start to find out more about the perplexing relationship between Penelope and the children, all while even more mysteries are being added to the plot! Definitely a must read for fans of the first. This series would make a great gift for any young voracious reader, as you really do need to read the whole series to find out all the answers!
Bottom Line Rating: 5/5
Recommended for readers age 8-12 (grades 3-7)
Title: The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book II)
Author: Maryrose Wood
Publisher: Balzer & Bray, 2011
Book #11 of 2014