-A Newbery Honor Book When Portia sets out for a visit with her cousin Julian, she expects fun and adventure of the usual kind. 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 weeds and quicksand, and on the far side of the swamp . a ghost town. Once, the swamp was a splendid lake, and the fallen houses were a resort community. Although the lake is long gone and the resort faded away, the houses still hold a secret: two people who have never left Gone-Away Lake . and who can tell the story of what happened there.
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by Peter Abrahams
by Elizabeth Lenhard
by Elizabeth Rusch
by Elizabeth Bluemle
by Elizabeth Atkinson
"A splendid summer discovery is shared by two young cousins who stumble upon a swamp and its colorful occupants, human and otherwise. Children in 2003 probably can't relate to the main characters' all-day summer freedom and exploration. Nevertheless, GONE-AWAY LAKE is a delightful escape, even fifty years after it was written. Reader Colleen Delany's pace is a touch slow, but helpful to juvenile listeners. Her precise diction is maintained throughout the more exciting scenes, which are delivered with an energy that rivets the young audience's attention. The elderly characters are suitably voiced with distinctly old-fashioned, trembling tones, but the youngest children come off too babyish. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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