Friday, October 22, 2010
Author: Elizabeth Enright.
Length: 272 pages
Gone-Away Lake was once a play where several families got together in the summer to have fun. It became a tradition, until something happened and the lake was abandoned. But now, Minnie and her brother Pin have returned to stay there, alone for the rest of their days. Or, so they thought. After several years of living alone, they are suddenly discovered by two young explorers: Julian and his cousin Portia. Now everything they know is changing.
Gone-Away Lake did not look very interesting, to me. But when I first opened it and started reading, I couldn't stop! It's not a thriller, or a murder-mystery, but it is a story of Summer. A story of memories, laughter, and fun. All in all, a VERY enjoyable book. There is a little bit of lying, in a way, because for a little while Julian and Portia do not tell anyone else about Gone-Away Lake, Minnie, and Pin. After awhile though it all works out, and the two apologize for lying and sneaking.
There is also a sequel to this, Return to Gone-Away I believe it is called, but I haven't read it yet.
I'd recomend this book as a family read-aloud, or for ages 8 and up. :-)