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Publisher's Summary

Enjoy the adventures of eleven year-old Portia, who together with her younger brother, Foster, spend a summer with their cousin, Julian, engaged in more than the usual summer pastimes of sun, fun, and games. The three intrepid children soon discover a fascinating abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp. But, best of all, they discover and befriend an elderly eccentric brother and sister who tell them the story of Gone-Away Lake.
©1957 Elizabeth Enright, copyright renewed 1985 by Nicholas W. Gillham, Oliver Gillham, and Robert Gillham II; (P)2003 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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Great Summer Read

My daughter and I loved this book. It was a wonderful relaxing summer adventure. We wanted to be those children!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Delightful, if not slightly dated, story

We listened to this as part of a monthly book club and honestly I'm not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if I'd been the one reading. Certainly there are places where the time of the book comes into play and that did spark a couple of "girls can absolutely do that" comments from me, overall the book was a quick and engaging listen.
While the storyteller often had some rather annoying sounding voices I absolutely commend her for the ability to distinguish and handle so many different characters.
The story is very simple, but sweet and both my 9 and 6 year old boys enjoyed it. Often asking me to play one more chapter. If you are looking for an easy listen story that children of multiple ages May enjoy than I recommend GONE AWAY LAKE

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well written and delightful!

This is a book that loves children! It's a charming story filled with a delightful adventure. My children loved this book. We look forward to the sequel.

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Wonderful book, well read

This is a children's book that adults will enjoy as well. Enright has an observant eye and ear for authentic children's speech and experience, making for a story that is cheerful and yes, escapist, but will make the listener wish he or she could have such adventures. This is a good book for a family car trip. The narrator is excellent.

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Go Away - Gone Away

This was really lame. Nothing happens except the kids meet some old people who tell them how great everthing used to be, and how kids today have pathetic lives. And this book was written in the 50's. The narrator gives a real overacted, emotional reading. NO plot, no interesting characters, just a lot of meandering.

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  • Trevell
  • 11-18-17

Adored this

My only regret is that I didn't have the luck to read this as a child. I know how much I'd have loved it. Never mind, I've read it as an old lady and brother, what fun!
It could be considered anodyne in that nothing bad happens and everyone is lovely but she does it so well that that doesn't bother me. In the future when I'm ill or down, this is the book for me. I also loved the the narration by Colleen Delany. She brought the characters to life in all their quirkiness.

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  • Susan Jane Caraccio
  • 11-28-16

Highly recommended for all ages

An excellent story when children were able tonroam and didn't have electronic gadgets to fill up their time. Mrs Blake is a mother who doesn't have any rile other than to be a wife and mother. All the children lead an outdoors active life. Best of all ate the elderly folk living a simple life