Gone-Away Lake & Return to Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (1957 & 1961)


Portia and Foster Blake spend part of every summer with their favorite cousin, Julian Jarman.  But this summer, Julian’s parents have purchased a new house in the country and this brings all kinds of new possibilities!

Imagine the children’s delight when they discover a deserted Victorian resort community nearby!  The once well-known lake is now only a small bog and the only inhabitants of this once vibrant community are an elderly brother and sister.  But these elderly siblings are more than happy to share their happy memories with the children and fuel their imaginations for adventures of their own.


never.jpgGone-Away Lake was a Newbery Medal Honor Winner in 1958 and is still consistently listed as one of the top 50 novels loved by young readers.

Don’t miss the sequel!  Return to Gone-Away Lake published in 1961.

Middle Grade Reading Level, 272 pages & 224 pages, Newbery Honor Book, published in 1957 & 1961.  

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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