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Gone-Away Lake

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Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) grew up in New York in a family of artists. She spent her childhood drawing pictures and created both art and story for her first book, Kintu: A Congo Adventure, published in 1935. She later decided that she preferred writing to illustrating and went on to write many enduringly popular books, including a series about the Melendy family in The Saturdays, three other novels, and two long fairy tales, Tatsinda and Zeee. She won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer (1938) and a Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake (1957).


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.

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.

"[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

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