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Gone-Away Lake

Gone-Away Lake

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by Elizabeth Enright, Joe & Beth Krush (Illustrator), Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)

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Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort. These two modern classics are once again available in Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic editions, but now with handsome new cover art by Mary GrandPré to complement Beth and Joe Krush's original interior illustrations.


Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort. These two modern classics are once again available in Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic editions, but now with handsome new cover art by Mary GrandPré to complement Beth and Joe Krush's original interior illustrations.

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"[Has] a brilliance and a humor that make it seem as if it were happening right this minute."—The New York Times Book Review
"A beautifully written, wonderfully imaginative story."—Publishers Weekly
Horn Book
Vicarious adventures of the best sort...these are welcome reissues of Enright's lively stories.
Publishers Weekly
Delany proves a nimble, accomplished reader on this inviting adaptation of Enright's Newbery Honor novel. Eleven-year-old Portia and her younger brother Foster can't wait to spend the summer in the country with their cousin Julian and his parents. Soaking in the fresh air, the rural setting and Julian's company is usually pleasure enough, but this summer the children stumble upon Gone-Away Lake, a settlement of elegant summer homes that have long been abandoned with the lake grown over, obscured by wetland plants. They also discover two kindly inhabitants of Gone-Away, who are happy to remain living in the past-and virtual isolation. Delany's dulcet voice conveys the children's wonder at their discovery as well as the warm and welcoming manner of Gone-Away's keepers, Aunt Minnehaha and Uncle Pin. Though some of the language is dated and today's children rarely have the same freedom to wander alone, this tale of friendship and the joys of a life lived well never sounds stale. Throughout, Delany's easy rhythm paired with Enright's detailed descriptions will have listeners longing for a summer vacation. Ages 8-up. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A reissue of a Newbery Honor Book, young readers should still enjoy the adventures of elevenyearold Portia, who together with her younger brother, Foster, spend a summer with their twelveyearold cousin, Julian, engaged in more than the usual summer pastimes of sun, fun and games. The three intrepid children soon discover a fascinating abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp. But, best of all, they discover and befriend an elderly eccentric brother and sister who tell them the story of GoneAway Lake, helping them to connect with the past while still enjoying the present. 2000 (orig. 1957), Harcourt, Ages 8 to 12, $17.00. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Elizabeth Enright's 1957 Newbery Honor Book about a season of discovery and adventure (Harcourt, 1990) continues to entertain children in the audiobook format. Narrator Colleen Delany's lightning-fast transitions from voice to voice are right on target in this story of a once-upon-a-time summer colony at the turn of the 20th century. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
New York Times Book Review
[Has] a brilliance and a humor that make it seem as if it were happening right this minute.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Gone-Away Lake Bks.
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.71(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Gone-Away Lake 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most imaginitive books I have ever read. I would definitely read it again. I love the way Elizabeth uses the words in this book. There is just enough excitement, but not enough to blow you out of this world. If you like this book, read the next one, 'Return to Gone Away.' - thank you
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Is the best book I ever read! It`s super interesting, and I didn`t even want to stop reading it! I also read 'Return to Gone-away', and that`s probably even better. I was really sad when I finished both books and I wish Elizabeth Enright wrote more books to go after them. I absolutely recomend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gone Away Lake is an amazing book that follows the summer of two cousins, Portia and Julian. Julian, the more adventurous, outdoorsy of the two kids leads them on a grand adventure to an abandoned ¿ghost town¿. There they meet an old lady who shared the story of the once beautiful lake and the amazing resort town the beaten up houses used to be a part of. This is just the beginning. Elizabeth Enright leads you through many twists and turns that leave you guessing. It is hard to put this book down! This story runs a wild web of events and mysteries causing you to feel as if you are a detective needing to solve the mystery. As the main plot develops you feel yourself becoming just another character trying to keep up with the sudden jumps and twists. This story leaves your mind boggled but begging for more. Elizabeth Enright knows how to use words to ease the story along while also giving you just enough character description that you don¿t feel overwhelmed, but you can begin to guess what the specific character will do next. All in all this book is truly spectacular, every passage is well written, and you can¿t help but wish it would never end!
merrybeary More than 1 year ago
My mom read this book to me and my siblings when we were younger, along with its sequel Return to Gone Away and Enright's Melendy famlly series. They have always had a special place in my heart. Sure they aren't the most exciting of stories, but they are fun, imaginative, and they bring the reader back to a time when kids actually spent their summers playing outside, exploring and discovering. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy these.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Ten-year-old Portia Blake and her six-year-old brother Foster are riding a train all by themselves on their way to spend their summer vacation with their Uncle Jake, Aunt Hilda, and cousin Julian Jarman. The Blake parents normally go with them, but Mother and Father will be in Europe until August. The Jarmans have recently purchased a house in the country, so Julian and Portia spend their days exploring, while Foster finds a similarly-aged friend in the Jarman’s neighbor Davey Gayson to play with. One day the older kids discover an abandoned Victorian resort community next to a bog. It’s like a ghost town. They learn that it used to be called Tarrigo Lake, but after the lake dried up, the homes were abandoned and it became known as Gone-Away Lake. They might even be able to use one for a clubhouse, so they decide to keep it a secret just between the two of them, at least for a while. However, as the two explore, they hear a loud, booming voice coming out from one of the houses. It turns out to be a radio, and they learn that the old village has not been completely abandoned. Elderly siblings Mr. Pindar Payton and Mrs. Lionel Alexis (Minnehaha) Cheever have returned and still live there. But who are they? And can they be trusted? I really liked this book. I found it interesting that on one website, out of 76 reader reviews, 61, the vast majority, gave the book five stars, whereas five gave it one star. Those who did not like the book had two complaints. The first was that it has no plot and is too boring. I guess that this doesn’t surprise me coming from children, and adults with the attention span of children, who have been raised on half-hour television sitcoms, video games, and the inanity of Harry Potter. The second complaint was that it is “way too happy,” that it is just “nice people enjoying each other's company and having fun,” that it doesn’t have enough problems and conflict. My, my! I guess there must be more of a market for morbid, depressing children’s literature than I would have thought. I’ll take “happy” any day, thank you. The only thing that I don’t like about the Scholastic edition that I bought used is the very modern (i.e., 1980-ish) cover illustration. The book won a 1958 Newbery Honor award for author Elizabeth Enright, who already had a Newbery Medal for her 1938 Thimble Summer. Gone-Away Lake is a charming story. I especially appreciate the way that family is portrayed. “Aunt Hilda was Portia’s third favorite woman in the world. First came her mother, naturally, and after that came Miss Hempel, her English teacher” (p. 22). The only downside is that there is a lot of common euphemisms (gosh, heck, gee, golly, doggone it, confounded, darn, and darnation), and some instances of pipe smoking occur. Most people will not have much of a problem with either of these things, but some parents would probably like to know them ahead of time. In addition to a pleasant plot with its gentle humor, the stories told by Mrs. Cheever and Mr. Payton about the days when the bog was a lake, which are interspersed with the modern-day adventures of Portia and Julian, illustrate how important the past is, even to children. One reviewer called it an “Odd story” that “may seem dated but it has an almost out-of-time quality that makes it accessible to modern readers.” There is a sequel, Return to Gone-Away, published in 1961, in which the Blake family buys and restores a house at Gone-Away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now 56 yrs old...I first read this book over 45 years ago...and I've read it several times since. It is my most favorite book of all time; and the sequel, Return to Gone-Away, is just as charming and enthralling. I read them a lot quicker now, and can probably have them done in one day, but I still read them..Very charming stories, imaginative, exciting (for the age group intended), and pretty well written in my opinion. Great reads for those 8-12 years old!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this s one of my favorite books ever. if you like adventer,exicement, and lots of fun you should read this book. this book is about porisha and julian who one day exploring in the woods by julians new'old' house they discover a secert world.i loves this book and i think you will too, its one of those books you can read over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book starts off slow until they find gone away lake then it picks up and gets very interesting. I would recomend this book to any one who likes a fantasy page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was a lot of fun to read whether your young or old! i am in 7th grade and i loved it! anyone who doesn't like this book doesn't know what adventure is! i can't wait to read return to gone-away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorites, and I just dug it out and read it to my 6- and 7-year olds. They loved it too, and begged me to get the sequel. You've never seen such excitement as when I brought home Return to Gone-Away. There's nothing better than sharing a book like this with your kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gone-Away Lake was so interesting! It feels like your with Julian and Portia!I read this for a book report and since it was so fascinating, I read the book inbetween subjects during classtime!If you read this book, I'm very sure you'll enjoy it whether you're old or young,adult or teens. After I was finished with this book,I wished Gone-Away Lake was real,the book would last forever, or there was a movie about it that lasted forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I was a big fan of Four Story Mistake, Melendy Family, Then There Were Five, and Spiderweb for Two. I tried to find them for over 20 years and just now finally found them, and they led me to Gone Away Lake. I enjoyed that as much as her other books. I can't wait to read Return to Gone Away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book received the Newberry Honor, and I don't understand why. The book is very well written in regards to style, but as far as interesting? No, I thought it was a very boring book. I read the book to my children and each time there was an opportunity for the author to include something exciting, it turned out to be 'nothing' exciting or of importantance. Also, mentioned in this book is ghosts, witchcraft, and fortune-telling. I have no plans to read the sequel to this book.