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Maryrose Wood - Author

About the Author

"I grew up in the wild suburbs of Long Island, moved to New York City at age 17 to study acting at New York University, and dropped out to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical — which flopped. The show was "Merrily We Roll Along," with a glorious score by Stephen Sondheim. Go listen to the album, you will love.

"Lean and action-packed years of acting, directing, and making drunk people laugh at comedy clubs followed. Becoming a writer seemed the only way out of this Dickensian existence. Little did I know!

"I started out writing for the theater and film, as a lyricist, librettist, playwright and screenwriter. I am proud to be the first recipient of the Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, and a three-time recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, which is administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Yes, you may call me Miss Fancy Pants.

"By 2004 or so I finally was able to woman up and write my first novel for teens .

"2010 saw the launch of my first middle-grade series, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ and Publishers Weekly, Junior Library Guild selection, yesss!), and a new gothic YA trilogy called The Poison Diaries.

"For fun I like to garden, bike, kayak, nap, read books and whip up new vegetarian recipes. I live in New York with my two kids, two cats and a small, feisty, red-headed dog.

Biography and author photo taken from Maryrose Wood's website (www.maryrosewood.com).

Featured books by Maryrose Wood

Other books by Maryrose Wood

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI The Long-Lost Home

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI The Long-Lost Home

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, here comes the final book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood. Unhappy Penelope Lumley is trapped in unhappy Plinkst! Even the beets for which Plinkst is inexplicably famous fail to grow in this utterly miserable Russian village. Penelope anxiously counts the days and wonders how she will ever get back to England in time to save all the Ashtons-who, she now knows, include herself and the Incorrigible children, although their precise location on the family tree is still a mystery-from their accursed fate. Her daring scheme to escape sends her on a wildly unexpected journey. But time is running out, and the not-really-dead Edward Ashton is still on the loose. His mad obsession with the wolfish curse on the Ashtons puts Penelope and the Incorrigibles in dire peril. As Penelope fights her way back to her beloved pupils, the three brave Incorrigibles endure their gloomy new tutor and worriedly prepare for the arrival of Lady Constance's baby. Little do they know the danger they're in! In this action-packed conclusion to the acclaimed series, mysteries are solved and long-lost answers are found. Only one question remains: Will Penelope and the Incorrigibles find a way to undo the family curse in time, or will the next full moon be their last?

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI The Long-Lost Home

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book VI The Long-Lost Home

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2018

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, here comes the final book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood. Unhappy Penelope Lumley is trapped in unhappy Plinkst! Even the beets for which Plinkst is inexplicably famous fail to grow in this utterly miserable Russian village. Penelope anxiously counts the days and wonders how she will ever get back to England in time to save all the Ashtons-who, she now knows, include herself and the Incorrigible children, although their precise location on the family tree is still a mystery-from their accursed fate. Her daring scheme to escape sends her on a wildly unexpected journey. But time is running out, and the not-really-dead Edward Ashton is still on the loose. His mad obsession with the wolfish curse on the Ashtons puts Penelope and the Incorrigibles in dire peril. As Penelope fights her way back to her beloved pupils, the three brave Incorrigibles endure their gloomy new tutor and worriedly prepare for the arrival of Lady Constance's baby. Little do they know the danger they're in! In this action-packed conclusion to the acclaimed series, mysteries are solved and long-lost answers are found. Only one question remains: Will Penelope and the Incorrigibles find a way to undo the family curse in time, or will the next full moon be their last?

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V The Unmapped Sea

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V The Unmapped Sea

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

For fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society, here comes the fifth book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood. Lord Fredrick Ashton may not feel ready to be a father, but with a little Ashton on the way, he's sure about one thing: the wolfish curse on his family must end soon, before the child is born. Penelope willingly takes on the challenge; when Lady Constance's doctor prescribes a seaside holiday, Penelope jumps at the chance to take the three Incorrigible children to Brighton, where she hopes to persuade the old sailor Pudge to reveal what he knows about the Ashton curse. But the Ashtons are not the only ones at the beach in January. The passionately temperamental Babushkinov family is also taking the winter waters. The Incorrigible children may have been raised by wolves, but the Babushkinov children are the wildest creatures they've ever seen. Is it more than mere coincidence that these untamed children have turned up in Brighton just as Penelope and the Incorrigibles arrive?

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 5: Wild wahrt am langsten

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 5: Wild wahrt am langsten

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2015

Aufregung in Ashton Place: Lady Constance erwartet ein Baby! Doch wird der Ashton-Sprossling ebenfalls bei Vollmond bellen und andere sonderbare Eigenheiten seines Vaters annehmen? Um die Beschwerden der zukunftigen Mutter zu lindern, bekommt diese mitten im Winter eine Kur in die Kustenstadt Brighton verordnet. Penelope hofft, endlich hinter das Geheimnis ihrer wilden Schutzlinge zu kommen. Denn sie wei, dass das Schicksal der drei Unerziehbaren auf seltsame Art und Weise mit dem der Familie Ashton in Verbindung steht. Doch was hat die wilde Familie Babushkinov mit alldem zu tun?"e;Ein wildes Abenteuer!"e; - Die besten 7, Deutschlandfunk

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV The Interrupted Tale

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV The Interrupted Tale

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2015

The fourth book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place-the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood, perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart-has a brand-new look. Turning sixteen is a bittersweet occasion for Miss Penelope Lumley. Luckily, an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females provides just the diversion Penelope needs. Optoomuchstic as ever, Penelope hopes to give her CAKE talk, see some old friends, and show off the Incorrigible children to Miss Mortimer, but instead she finds her beloved school in an uproar. And when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne Academy board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students so they can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her alma mater-and of her job as governess to the Incorrigibles-hangs in the balance.

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place 3-Book Collection

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place 3-Book Collection

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2014

The incorrigible children of Ashton Place are especially naughty, but they cant help it: They were raised by wolves. Now that theyve been adopted by an English lord and lady, adjusting to a genteel life wont be easy, even with a mysterious young governess to teach them about everything from French to forks. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books have been named a Kirkus Best Book for Children, placed on the Kids Indie Next List, and chosen as Chicago Public Library Best of the Best.Together for the first time, this collection includes: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II: The Hidden Gallery The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III: The Unseen Guest

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 4: Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 4: Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2014

Penelope ist hocherfreut. Die zauberhafte Gouvernante von Ashton Place hat eine Einladung ihrer alten Schule erhalten. Gemeinsam mit ihren drei Schutzlingen reist Penelope umgehend nach London. Zu ihrem Entsetzen hat sich die alte Schule jedoch vollig verandert. Unterrichtsfacher wie Kunst, Literatur und Gesang sind abgeschafft worden. Wer Geburtstag hat, darf ihn nicht mehr feiern. Was steckt blo dahinter? Wahrend Penelope einer groen Intrige auf die Spur kommt, machen ihre drei Schutzlinge die Schule unsicher und bringen den Huhnern im Huhnerstall das Tanzen bei ... "e;Sehr unterhaltsam und ein bisschen schrg (...)"e; Michael Schmitt, 3sat Kulturzeit/Kinderbuchtipps

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2013

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "e;They must have been raised by wolves."e; The Incorrigible children actually were.Turning sixteen is a bittersweet occasion for Miss Penelope Lumley: Her parents remain disappointingly absent, and her perfectly nice young playwright friend, Simon Harley-Dickinson, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home in Brighton.Luckily, an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females provides just the diversion Penelope needs. Optoomuchstic as ever, Penelope hopes to give her CAKE talk, see some old friends, and show off the Incorrigible children to Miss Mortimer, but instead she finds her beloved school in an uproar. And when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne Academy board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students so the board can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her alma materand of her job as governess to the Incorrigibleshangs in the balance.

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV: The Interrupted Tale

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV: The Interrupted Tale

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2013

Fans of Lemony Snicket and the Mysterious Benedict Society books will devour the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, about a governess and her three chargeschildren who have been raised by wolves. In The Interrupted Tale, the fourth title in the acclaimed and hilarious mystery series, Miss Penelope Lumley's sixteenth birthday is not quite sweet. Her parents remain absent, and her friend, Simon, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home. Luckily, an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females provides just the diversion Penelope needs. But when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students, so the board can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her schooland of her job as governess to the Incorrigibleshangs in the balance.

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 3: Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 3: Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 19/08/2013

Einen entlaufenen Vogelstrau einfangen! Die drei Wolfskinder sind Feuer und Flamme. Gemeinsam mit Penelope, ihrer zauberhaften Gouvernante, ziehen sie los in die Walder von Ashton Place. Da kommt ein unheilvolles Gewitter auf. In einer Hohle finden die Abenteurer Unterschlupf. Doch die Hohle scheint bewohnt zu sein. Kissen, Kerzen, ja sogar Sandwiches liegen bereit. Und die Wolfskinder scheinen sich hier wie zu Hause zu fuhlen. Ob sie in dieser Hohle aufgewachsen sind? Plotzlich ertont ein lautes Geheul. Vor dem Hohleneingang taucht eine groe Wolfin auf ... "e;Sehr unterhaltsam und ein bisschen schrg (...)"e; Martin Schmitt, 3sat Kulturzeit/Kinderbuchtipps

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 2: Die Jagd ist eroffnet

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 2: Die Jagd ist eroffnet

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2012

Das Trio der drei "e;Unerziehbaren"e; bleibt auch im zweiten Ashton-Band unberechenbar und halt weiterhin den Haushalt von Lord und Lady Ashton in Atem. Doch die junge Erzieherin Miss Penelope Lumley gibt nicht auf. Beherzt, lebensklug und mit viel Humor stellt sich die 15-Jahrige der Aufgabe, aus den drei Wolfskindern prasentable kleine Englander zu machen ... Biografie: Maryrose Wood wuchs auf Long Island auf. Sie arbeitete viele Jahre als Schauspielerin und Regisseurin und ist als Bhnenautorin fr das Theater preisgekrnt. Ihre vielfltigen Theatererfahrungen sind auch in ihren Romanen sprbar - in lebensnah-sympathisch gezeichneten Charakteren und sprhender Situationskomik. Maryrose Wood lebt mit ihren zwei Kindern, zwei Katzen und einem kleinen Hund in New York.

Die Poison Diaries

Die Poison Diaries

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2012

"e;Vor erotischer Spannung knisternd ..."e;THE TIMESUm 1800: Jessamine lebt mit ihrem Vater in einer verlassenen Kapelle im Norden Englands. Sie fuhren ein stilles, von Jahreszeiten gepragtes Leben. Jessamines Vater ist Botaniker, seine Leidenschaft sind Heil- und Giftpflanzen. In einem verborgenen Giftgarten zuchtet er machtige todliche Gewachse, sorgsam darauf bedacht, seine Tochter von der Gefahr fernzuhalten. Als eines Tages Weed auftaucht, ein ratselhafter Fremder mit absinthgrunen Augen, verfallt Jessamine ihm sofort. Doch kaum haben die beiden zueinander gefunden, wird das Madchen sterbenskrank. Was ist Weeds dunkles Geheimnis? Ist er ihre Rettung oder bringt er den Tod?Ein Roman, so geheimnisvoll wie die unergrundliche Welt der Pflanzen. Denn ob Belladonna heilt oder totet, daruber entscheidet am Ende die Liebe ...

Die Poison Diaries

Die Poison Diaries

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2012

Wer den Tod besiegt, muss mit dem Teufel im Bunde sein ...Jessamines unaufgeregtes Leben hat eine schreckliche Wendung genommen. Sie hat ihre Unschuld verloren - und den Mann, den sie liebt. Sie wei, wer die Schuld daran tragt - ihr eigener Vater, der einen Garten voller Gift- und Heilpflanzen sein eigen nennt. Sie wird Rache nehmen und ihn mit seinen giftigen Gewachsen toten, die ihm stets mehr wert gewesen sind als seine Tochter. Doch es bleibt nicht bei diesem einen Mord. Hat Jessamine dadurch die Zuneigung ihrer groen Liebe Weed verspielt? Wird sie ihn jemals wiederfinden? Es ist die einzige Moglichkeit, denn nur die Liebe vermag ein bitteres Herz zu heilen ...Vergiss niemals: Was zu heilen vermag, das kann auch toten!

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 1: Aller Anfang ist wild

Das Geheimnis von Ashton Place 1: Aller Anfang ist wild

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2012

Lord und Lady Ashton, frisch verheiratet, haben unerwartet Zuwachs bekommen. In den ausgedehnten Waldern ihres Besitzes wurden drei Kinder gefunden: verwahrlost, schmutzig, wild. Schnell liegt der Verdacht in der Luft, sie seien von Wolfen aufgezogen worden. Trotzdem holt Ihre Lordschaft das Trio ins Haus und legt ihre Erziehung in die jungen Hande von Miss Penelope Lumley. Beherzt, lebensklug und mit viel Humor stellt sich die 15-Jahrige der Aufgabe, aus den drei Wolfskindern prasentable kleine Englander zu machen ...

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2012

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "e;They must have been raised by wolves."e; The Incorrigible children actually were.Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequencesyet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral's prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles' skills to find her.The hunt for the runaway ostrich is on. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book III

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book III

Author: Maryrose Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2012

Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, ';They must have been raised by wolves.'The Incorrigible children actually were. Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. The children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequencesyet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her. But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. And when the admiral's prized racing ostrich gets loose in the forest, it will take all the Incorrigibles' skills to find her. But Penelope is worried. Once back in the wild, will the children forget about books and poetry and go back to their howling, wolfish ways? What if they never want to come back to Ashton Place at all?