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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 GrandPr? to complement Beth and Joe Krush's original interior illustrations.

Eleven-year-old Portia and her family return with cousin Julian to the site ...

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Overview

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.

Eleven-year-old Portia and her family return with cousin Julian to the site they visited the previous summer, this time to take possession of a large Victorian house, unoccupied for fifty years and full of treasures and secrets.

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Editorial Reviews

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One of those rare and wonderful books to be read and enjoyed and savored.—Chicago Tribune
"Few writers can equal, and none surpass, Elizabeth Enright in absorbing narrative and sensitive characterization." —Cleveland Press
Horn Book
Vicarious adventures of the best sort...these are welcome reissues of Enright's lively stories.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Originally published in 1961, Elizabeth Enright's sequel to the Newbery Honor Book Gone-Away Lake continues the story of the Blake family. The Blakes have purchased the Villa Caprice, an old home near the dried up Gone-Away Lake. There is much work to be done to clean and brighten up the solidly built house, many treasures to be discovered, and numerous adventures to be had. Enright's world is a gentle one, full of children playing in an unstructured way, exploring both the house and the wonders of nature surrounding it, and willingly visiting with their elderly neighbors and listening to their stories. Reader Colleen Delany distinctly varies her voice for each of the characters, and her tones combined with Enright's prose take one to a balmy summer day spent outdoors, the excitement of combing through attic boxes on a rainy morning, or the thrill of jumping into a cool lake on a real "scorcher." Though there are a few minor discrepancies between the text and the audio, children looking for a pleasant story with a happy ending will be pleased with this audiobook.-Judy Czarnecki, Chippewa River District Library System, Mt. Pleasant, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Cleveland Press
Few writers can equal, and none surpass, Elizabeth Enright in absorbing narrative and sensitive characterization.
Chicago Tribune
One of those rare and wonderful books to be read and enjoyed and savored.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152022563
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Gone-Away Lake Bks.
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 244,340
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Wonderful story about children in the past

    I would recommend this book to children (boys and girls!) and adults. I loved this story and the original book, Gone-Away Lake. What child wouldn't like to explore a grand old home filled with treasures?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    A definate must-read for all kids!!

    I can honestly admit that in all my short years, only a small lot of books have grabbed my attention and held it as this one did. It was exciting and suspenseful, with something new around each corner. The characters are so relatable and real, you feel as though they've been your next door neighbor or best friend for years. Ms. Enright has out-done herself once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2006

    A gr8 book!

    It was very good, and I have read it at least three times!It has a good ending and is one of my favorite books! I HIGHLY recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Jaclyn's Review!

    I think this book started out slow, but as it went on and on it was EXCELLENT! It you like the books where the chapter's end with you having to read the next chapter or even nex t word, than READ IT! I also like how it was a sequel from the first book, Gone Away Lake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Return To Gone Away.

    Hi whats up I am in the 7th grade in texas. I read this book and I loved it. So you should read it too real soon. You will like it and sowill your kids. To read at bed time or any time. So if you want get it for christmas or any hoilday.

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