The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place: The Mysterious Howling & The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose WoodFifteen-year old Penelope Lumley has recently graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and has landed a position of governess at Ashton Place where charm and secrets abound! Recommended to fans of Lemony Snicket and illustrated by the wonderful Jon Klassen (I Want My Hat Back), Wood's two books of a projected three are a whole lotta fun!
"a quick, compelling read, smoothly written with a perfect balance of middle-school-age-appropriate simplicity and more challenging writing that makes the book adult-accessible."...and now, news that it will be turned into a stop-motion film!
"...will hook you with its astonishing storyline, vocabulary and stunning artistry."
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I certainly didn't mean for this post to turn into one about books that are to be adapted as films, but while we're here why not mention Scorcese's recent adaptation of Selznick's much-loved book about a boy who lives in the walls of a train station and fixes the clock? OK, I will!