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Summer at Forsaken Lake

by Michael D. Beil

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Summer at Forsaken Lake is a sweet and nostalgic story. Nicholas, Hetty and Haley Mettleson are sent to spend the summer in Deming, Ohio with their great uncle that they barely know and they are not happy about it. However, once they arrive they find they enjoy the small town life. Uncle Nick teaches them how to sail and they have quite a few adventures during their time in Ohio. This book was enjoyable and has the potential to become an instant classic. ( )
  68papyrus | Jul 1, 2013 |
Mellow read, takes you back to youthful summers. Enjoyed the way reading "We weren't meant to go to Sea" tied into the plot and how often books were tied into the plot. Nicholas' Uncle Nick was a great mentor to teach Nicholas and his twin sisters how to sail. They got a chance to learn some family history and discover their father's childhood at the same time following his footsteps lead them to some hidden truths.
Fun summertime read ( )
  lprybylo | Nov 28, 2012 |
It took a little while to get into this book, but I truly enjoyed it by the end. Nicholas and his twin sisters are spending their summer at their great-uncle's house just as their Dad did when he was young. They meet Charlie, a neighbor girl, and learn that their Dad and Charlie's Mom were good friends. Part adventure story, part mystery, the kids resolve a long-standing injustice as well as learn to sail, ride bikes, and enjoy summer in the country. ( )
  ChristianR | Aug 9, 2012 |
Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime! If you're a kid ages 10-12 you'll love this book. If you're an adult like me who never had the chance to spend a summer vacation on a lake, you'll love it, too. What a gem of a book. A perfect book to read on a screened porch sitting in a big old chair with a tall glass of lemonade at hand. And, yes, it's perfectly okay for adults to read kids' books. I give you my permission. ( )
  ken1952 | Jul 10, 2012 |
Richie’s Picks: SUMMER AT FORSAKEN LAKE by Michael D. Beil, Knopf, June 2012, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-375-89791-7

“Seldom stumble, never crumble
Try to tumble, life’s a rumble
Feel the stinging I’ve been given
Never ending, unrelenting
Heartbreak searing, always fearing
Never caring, persevering
Sail on, sail on sailor”
--The Beach Boys (1973)

“On the mound, the girl took a deep breath and let go. The pitch was chest high and well inside, and Nicholas instinctively jerked his head back—just in time to watch something extraordinary happen. A few feet before reaching him, the ball took a sharp left turn and gracefully crossed over the center of the plate, leaving him standing there open-mouthed. A perfect, big-league quality curveball, unlike anything he’d ever seen in New York.
“’Steee-rike three!’ the catcher yelled.
“’Yerrr outta there!’ the shortstop added unnecessarily.
“Nicholas let the bat fall to the ground at his feet, which were still frozen in place. ‘Who is this kid?’ he asked no one in particular.
“’She’s your worst nightmare, son,’ the coach answered. ‘A cute girl with a wicked curveball. Remember the name, kid: Charlotte Brennan. Charlie. You’ll be hearing it again.’
“’You sure you don’t wanna try again, city boy?’ the girl asked. ‘C’mon. You’re just getting warmed up.’ She seemed to want him to stick around, but Nicholas figured that was only because she wanted to humiliate him again.
“He smiled and shook his head. ‘Maybe another time. I’ve gotta go.’ Overhead, the rumble of thunder confirmed that he was making the right decision.
“’Well, I guess we’ll see ya ‘round,’ Charlie said, smiling back.
“Charlie Brennan. Remember that name.”

As fate would have it, Charlie Brennan will turn out to be Nicholas Mettleson’s constant companion this summer, the summer that his divorced parents send twelve year-old Nicholas and his twin ten year-old sisters to stay with their great-uncle Nick at Ohio’s Forsaken Lake. Nicholas’s namesake is the same guy with whom Nicholas’s father spent summers as a teenager – learning sailing and film making in the process -- until certain events caused Nicholas’s father to abruptly leave the lake community and never return.
In a pitch-perfect summer read for 10-14 year-olds, these long-buried mysteries from twenty-five years ago are unraveled by this son of the boy and this daughter of the girl who were, themselves, inseparable all those years ago -- until something went very wrong.

In the process of unraveling mysteries, Nicholas, Charlie, and the twins will all become experienced in the art of sailing. Nicholas and Charlie will learn some fundamentals of boat building. Nicholas will struggle mightily to learn how to connect with one of Charlie’s curveballs. The young people will all get to take their own shot at amateur film making.

And we will all be wondering what might have been today, had fate not thrown a monkey wrench into things a quarter-century ago. Is it possible that some things long ago broken might actually get put back together?

And had I read this book back in my adolescence, might it be possible that I’d be an experienced sailor today?

Talk about a realm of possibilities. SUMMER AT FORSAKEN LAKE will make a perfect companion to long, hot days; ice cold root beers; and sand between your toes.

Richie Partington, MLIS
Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com
BudNotBuddy@aol.com
Moderator http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_school_lit/ http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/faculty/partingtonr/partingtonr.php ( )
  richiespicks | Mar 16, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375867422, Hardcover)

With their father en route to Africa for Doctors Without Borders, city-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake. Despite some initial doubts, Nicholas is right at home in the country: he learns to sail, learns about his father as a boy, and makes fast friends with a local-girl, the tomboy Charlie.

The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way.

In this lovely middle-grade novel, Michael D. Beil has invoked one of his own favorites, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, as well as other great summer books of years-past.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:41:28 -0400)

Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his ten-year-old twin sisters, Hetty and Haley, spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at Forsaken Lake, where he and their new friend Charlie investigate the truth about an accident involving their families many years before.… (more)

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