Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gone-Away Lake and Return To Gone-Away Lake

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright tells the story of the adventurous summer Portia Blake and her brother Foster spend with their cousin Julian Jarman who lives with his parents near Gone-Away Lake. They explore the outdoors and discover not only new plants and animals but new friends. Their friends include the elderly Mrs. Minniehaha Cheever and her brother Pindar Payton, who each live in the Gone-Away area. Other friends include neighborhood children who also get to know Mrs. Cheever and Mr. Payton. Together with their new friends, Portia, Foster, and Julian learn about the area and its history and make history for themselves. At the end of summer vacation, Portia and Foster's parents arrive for a visit before taking them home, but the visit yields the greatest surprise of all.
Return to Gone-Away picks up the story of the Blake and Jarman families and their friends as the surprise of the earlier book yields more adventures at Gone-Away. Better still, the adventures lead to a mystery that promises an even better surprise.

I also recommend Elizabeth Enright's The Saturdays, The Four Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spider Web For Two.

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