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Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

Gone-Away Lake (1957)

by Elizabeth Enright

Other authors: Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator)

Series: Gone-Away Lake (Book 1)

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A wonderful story. Much loved by my Vintage Book Circle group. One person thought the characters of the children were not very well drawn, but we did love the older folks they met and became friends with. I especially liked the lawnmower sounding like metal snoring and the herd of furniture grazing on the red carpet. Fun language. We appreciated all that the children learned during the summer. I enjoyed the train ride and the grown up feeling of traveling alone for the first time. We all want to read the next one. ( )
  njcur | Sep 25, 2015 |
This did not ring any bells - apparently I never read it as a child even though I've treasured other books by the author. I would've loved it even more then, I'm sure, but even now it was definitely worth the couple hours spent there. I do remember loving the illustrative style of Beth and Joe Krush - too bad this edition's cover is weird. The mystery is predominant, but the characters are well-developed, too. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
One of my favorite books from childhood.
  Jen-the-Librarian | Nov 29, 2014 |
One of my absolute favorites from childhood. It was also probably the beginning of my love for all things Victorian, as odd a starting point as it may be. I fell in love with the idea of finding a little town that (although only inhabited by two people) still functions like it did nearly a century ago. I think I even decided that I would name my future children Minnehaha and Pindar, although now I see that may not be such a good idea. ( )
1 vote ashleyk44 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Originally written in the 50's, a 13 year old girl and her younger brother go to visit their cousin in the country for the summer. She and her cousin (14 yrs) discover a dried-up lake turned into a swamp while exploring the woods behind his new house. The also find old falling down houses from the turn of the century, including an elderly brother and sister who still inhabit the houses.
This story was hard for me to get through, although it is not very long. I think it would appeal to some kids' sense of adventure and discovery, but the language and the dialog is very outdated. The characters are well-written and the descriptions are fine, also there are a few illustrations per chapter. The chapters are not short either. As far as award winners go, I would skip this one in the future.
  jessiejluna | Feb 15, 2014 |
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Krush, BethIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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When Portia Blake and her brother Foster set out for Creston that summer, it was different from all the other summers.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152022724, Paperback)

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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Portia and her cousin Julian discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.

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