Shelf Control #172: Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

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Title: Gone-Away Lake
Author: Elizabeth Enright
Published: 1957
Length: 256 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Summer has a magic all its own.

When Portia sets out for a visit with her cousin Julian, she expects fun and adventure, but of the usual kind: exploring in the woods near Julian’s house, collecting stones and bugs, playing games throughout the long, lazy days.

But this summer is different.

On their first day exploring, Portia and Julian discover an enormous boulder with a mysterious message, a swamp choked with reeds and quicksand, and on the far side of the swamp…a ghost town.

Once upon a time the swamp was a splendid lake, and the fallen houses along its shore an elegant resort community. But though the lake is long gone and the resort faded away, the houses still hold a secret life: two people who have never left Gone-Away…and who can tell the story of what happened there.

How and when I got it:

I picked it up at a library sale (of course)!

Why I want to read it:

Yet another children’s classic that completely passed me by. I’ve heard about Gone-Away Lake over the years, and have heard people speak fondly of it and how much they loved it as kids… but I don’t recall ever encountering this book during my childhood. It sounds pretty charming!

What do you think? Would you read this book?

Please share your thoughts!


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15 thoughts on “Shelf Control #172: Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

  1. I haven’t read that one, but did thoroughly enjoy her Melendy Quartet which my daughter and I listened to in the car one year. We both loved the whole series. I always say the Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall is the “modern” Melendy Quartet and the Casson Family series by Hilary McKay are the artsy-British version. All are great!

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  4. I would definitely read this, Lisa. I love classic children’s books and have never seen this title. I’m sure we have it at the library, though. Even the cover, although dated, reminds me (fondly!) of a different time.

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