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Two Newbery Honor — winning series from the '50s and '60s get new life in Harcourt Young Classic/Odyssey dual editions. Mary GrandPre contributes new cover art for Elizabeth Enright's Gone-Away Lake (1957) and Return to Gone-Away (1961), with the original b&w interior illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush. The novels revolve around cousins who explore an apparently abandoned summer colony and discover two elderly people who have secretly returned to the homes of their youth. The storytelling reflects Enright's characteristic humor and her ability to imagine adventures that readers would long for in real life.

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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 GrandPrandeacute; to complement Beth and Joe Krush's original interior illustrations.

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Home School Book Review, January 23, 2015 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
In the 1958 Newbery Honor book Gone-Away Lake, author Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968), who already had a Newbery Medal for her 1938 Thimble Summer, tells the story of ten-year-old Portia Blake and her six-year-old brother Foster of New York City who go to spend their summer vacation with their Uncle Jake, Aunt Hilda, and cousin Julian Jarman in the country, where they discover an abandoned Victorian resort community next to a bog that that used to be called Tarrigo Lake, but is now known as Gone-Away Lake. There they meet elderly siblings Mr. Pindar Payton and Mrs. Lionel Alexis (Minnehaha) Cheever, whom they call Uncle Pin and Aunt Min. They also find an abandoned mansion, the Villa Caprice built by the wealthy Mrs. Brace-Gideon with which they fall in love.

In this sequel, the Paul and Barbara Blake decide to buy and restore the Villa Caprice at Gone-Away, spending the entire next summer there. A lot of work has to be done to clean and brighten the old house. Along the way many treasures are discovered, and numerous adventures are enjoyed. Aunt Min remembers that Mrs. Brace-Gideon had a secret safe hidden somewhere in the house, so Porsh and Jule begin looking for it. After searching and searching, they almost give it up. Where could it be? Will they ever locate it? If they do, will it contain anything valuable? Some parents may want to know that one main character smokes a pipe, a few common euphemisms (heck, confound it, doggone) occur, and there is a reference to reading a book entitled Mme. Vavasour’s Gypsy-Witch Fortune Teller. However, one of Uncle Pin’s prized possessions is an old copy, in Latin, of the “Canticle of the Sun” by Francis of Assisi, which begins, “Praised be my Lord with all his creatures.” He translates and reads it to the kids.

Return to Gone-Away is a thoroughly adorable story, the kind which kids can take outside on a lazy summer’s day, lie in the hammock under the shade of a tree, and read for pure pleasure. The School Library Journal noted, “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.” This is certainly part of what makes it such a pleasant read. And the Chicago Tribune said, “One of those rare and wonderful books to be read and enjoyed and savored.” I agree wholeheartedly. As far as I am concerned, children’s literature for middle grade readers just doesn’t get much better than this, and it gets a high recommendation from me.
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Home School Book Review, January 23, 2015 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
In the 1958 Newbery Honor book Gone-Away Lake, author Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968), who already had a Newbery Medal for her 1938 Thimble Summer, tells the story of ten-year-old Portia Blake and her six-year-old brother Foster of New York City who go to spend their summer vacation with their Uncle Jake, Aunt Hilda, and cousin Julian Jarman in the country, where they discover an abandoned Victorian resort community next to a bog that that used to be called Tarrigo Lake, but is now known as Gone-Away Lake. There they meet elderly siblings Mr. Pindar Payton and Mrs. Lionel Alexis (Minnehaha) Cheever, whom they call Uncle Pin and Aunt Min. They also find an abandoned mansion, the Villa Caprice built by the wealthy Mrs. Brace-Gideon with which they fall in love.

In this sequel, the Paul and Barbara Blake decide to buy and restore the Villa Caprice at Gone-Away, spending the entire next summer there. A lot of work has to be done to clean and brighten the old house. Along the way many treasures are discovered, and numerous adventures are enjoyed. Aunt Min remembers that Mrs. Brace-Gideon had a secret safe hidden somewhere in the house, so Porsh and Jule begin looking for it. After searching and searching, they almost give it up. Where could it be? Will they ever locate it? If they do, will it contain anything valuable? Some parents may want to know that one main character smokes a pipe, a few common euphemisms (heck, confound it, doggone) occur, and there is a reference to reading a book entitled Mme. Vavasour’s Gypsy-Witch Fortune Teller. However, one of Uncle Pin’s prized possessions is an old copy, in Latin, of the “Canticle of the Sun” by Francis of Assisi, which begins, “Praised be my Lord with all his creatures.” He translates and reads it to the kids.

Return to Gone-Away is a thoroughly adorable story, the kind which kids can take outside on a lazy summer’s day, lie in the hammock under the shade of a tree, and read for pure pleasure. The School Library Journal noted, “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.” This is certainly part of what makes it such a pleasant read. And the Chicago Tribune said, “One of those rare and wonderful books to be read and enjoyed and savored.” I agree wholeheartedly. As far as I am concerned, children’s literature for middle grade readers just doesn’t get much better than this, and it gets a high recommendation from me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152022563
Editor:
Stearns, Michael
ill.:
Krush, Joe
Illustrator:
Krush, Joe & Beth
Editor:
Stearns, Michael
Author:
Joe
Author:
Enright, Elizabeth
Author:
Krush, Beth
Author:
&
Author:
Krush, Joe and Beth
Author:
, Beth
Author:
Krush, Joe & Beth
Author:
Krush, Joe
Publisher:
Harcourt Brace and Company
Location:
San Diego :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Vacations
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Gone-Away Lake Books Paperback
Series Volume:
99-344
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in 0.44 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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