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Return to Gone-Away (Gone-Away Lake #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,980 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort. These two modern classics are once again available in Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic editions, but now with handsome new cover art by Mary GrandPré to complement Beth and Joe Krush's original interior illustrations.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 28th 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1961)
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Carrie
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Gosh, for a big fancy legal professional, I have sure read a lot of children’s books lately, hmmm? Darn you Powells! I go out and buy these books to collect and then I end up putting all my serious grown-up reading aside until I am thoroughly soaked in nostalgia.

Anyway, this is by the same author as Spiderweb for Two, but seems to be set in the ‘50’s rather than the ‘40’s. It is a sequel to a book called Gone-Away Lake which tells the story of some children who come across a collection of abando
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Katie
OH. I liked this more than the first one. I don't even know why, really. I supposed I liked the established setting and character. The house was great and it did such a good job of showing childhood friendships and the sibling/cousin relationships!
Heidi Hertzog
I just love Elizabeth Enright's books. All of them, but the Gone-Away books have always been some of my favorites. Well, honestly, it's hard to pick a favorite when it comes to Elizabeth Enright. I'm just sorry that these books are all but forgotten on library shelves because they are "old-fashioned". So much childhood fantasy of summer adventures and discovering hidden rooms, and houses, and people and safes and attics full of treasures. Elizabeth Enright must have been my kind of person. :)
Dianna
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The perfect read-aloud to close out the summer for my 6- and 9-year-olds. Portia and Foster return to Gone-Away Lake, this time to live in the abandoned mansion their parents have bought. Lots of discovering and fixing up are done and a few adventures are had. Favorite moments: the swimming hole, the safe, the dumbwaiter.
Jody Phillips
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
My favorite line in the whole book: "He closed the door and tiptoed to the kitchen; he decided to have a little practice breakfast before his real breakfast."
This from a little boy--and it so perfectly described what I have seen of little boys!
Carol Arnold
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series. Elizabeth Enright has such a way with words. The adventures of Portia and her cousin Julian continue as Portia and her family return to Gone-Away Lake for the second summer. They excitedly explore the old house that they found the previous summer looking for treasure. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories of children being children in an age when they were free to roam the countryside without fear. It is a chil ...more
Wayne S.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the 1958 Newbery Honor book Gone-Away Lake, author Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968), who already had a Newbery Medal for her 1938 Thimble Summer, tells the story of ten-year-old Portia Blake and her six-year-old brother Foster of New York City who go to spend their summer vacation with their Uncle Jake, Aunt Hilda, and cousin Julian Jarman in the country, where they discover an abandoned Victorian resort community next to a bog that that used to be called Tarrigo Lake, but is now known as Gone-A ...more
Alexa SOF2014
This charming modern classic is a sequel to Elizabeth Enright's "Gone Away Lake". At the end of that book in the 1950's, Julian finds one of the abandoned houses that was set away from the old lake and shut up tightly - the Villa Caprice. Portia and Julian, her cousin, show it to their parents. The adults decide to buy the old house from the governmnent and rebuild it over the summer. Portia is a tomboy and Julian is determined to be a scientist. Portia and Julian discover this house is ugly, fu ...more
Elizabeth
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, realistic
I think I like Return to Gone-Away even more than Gone-Away Lake. If I had to credit my love for old houses and exploring them to any one thing, it would probably be this book. This book fulfills my itch to go to an old house and explore it, redecorate it, go to the attic and explore the chests, search for secret passages and drawers, find lost and forgotten relics of the past…

Both Gone-Away and Return to Gone-Away have a great exploration and adventure feel to them. Enright has a way of writing
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Sienna North
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I loved the Gone-Away Lake books, and I think I liked this second book even more than the first. This time, the children's parents were all involved, and I could feel their frustration and delight as they struggled to make a home out of the ramshackle and forbidding ruin of Villa Caprice.

There are so many elements that I love in this book: the lazy summer days, the exciting treasures to be found in the Villa, the hard work that the children didn't complain about, the idea of finding such a perf
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Melody
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book all over again. I found that reading it with the internet close at hand was a boon, too. F'rinstance:

"The air rang with the energetic, joyful clamor of the birds. Only one, whose song came sweetly through the others, sounded meditative and solitary: three minor notes ascending...
'What's that bird, Jule? That sort of sad one?'
Julian listened. 'White-throated sparrow,' he told her."

And I found that it does sound exactly as described:
White-throated Sparrow.

There is also this, whic
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Chrisinny
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
What child has not wanted to discover a lost place and create a special hidden retreat known only to herself and maybe a few friends? These are the continuing adventures of Portia and her family who are reclaiming an abandoned house in an old summer colony of houses. The house contains many secrets which will be discovered, along with the natural world waiting outside the door. Great book! possibly better than the first in the series, giving an idyllic feel of what childhood summer used to be.
Will White
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Return is as good if not better than the first. The kids are just as real and interesting. The story was more fast paced but not as deep. We listened to the audio version with the kids on a road trip, and they would move to Gone Away lake tomorrow if we could. They would get downright mad when we had to pause the audio. I recommend it for long trips or out-loud reading with kids.
Holly Ollivander
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading this and its companion volume Gone-Away Lake many decades after I first read them as a child it is astonishing to recall how young people at one time made their own adventures and how accepted it was to let children run free. This is a thoroughly wonderful story of how summers used to be and may never be again.
LuAnn
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful, near idyllic childhood idyll from this author! If couldn't live a perfect adventure as a kid, these books are the next, best thing. Solid writing, interesting realistic characters, abandoned summer town with big old tumble down houses for a setting, family and friends to help fix one up--such fun.
Shiloah
We loved this as a read aloud!
Donnell
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the favorite books from my childhood. This is at least the third time I've read it.

I love how, when reading this book, you remain in the present but you are also in the best part of the turn-of-the 19th-century past: the Victorian excess in houses, clothes and furniture. I also long for East Coast summer weather when I read this, living surrounded by lush, dew-dripping grass and trees and bushes.

What a charming voice Enright has, occasionally slipping in an out of talking to the reader
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Josiah
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes a story can open a world for you: you step into it and forget the real one that you live in."

Return to Gone-Away, P. 118

Savor this book, I urge you, because there aren't many like it. For a Newbery Medalist, Elizabeth Enright has always had an unconventional writing style. The highlights of her books are often lengthy reminiscences by the characters, particularly older characters like Uncle Pindar and Aunt Minnehaha in Gone-Away Lake (a 1958 Newbery Honoree) and Return to Gone-Awa
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Christine
I finished this summer read with just a shred of summer left (technically speaking, the foreseeable weather forecast in my neck of the woods is still showing temps in the 80s & 90s!)

Excellent writing and an excellent audio narration. Someday I'd like to go back and listen to the audio of the first book as well. As with the first book, Enright again captures a bit of the magic of childhood adventures. I think the book shows its age though in how it stereotypes Native American and Chinese peop
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Jess
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv, audiobook
Completely charming on audio. I still want to live at Gone-Away, but probably with electricity.
Erin Pierce
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sequel to "Gone Away Lake". It didn't have as much mystery and intrigue as the first novel, but it was a satisfying conclusion to the story.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Return to Gone-Away is Elizabeth Enright’s sequel to her 1958 Newbery Honor Book, Gone-Away Lake. The second book follows the adventures of Portia and her family as they work to restore an abandoned house at Gone-Away Lake so they can spend the summers there. As they uncover the treasures and skeletons hidden in the closets of their new home, Portia and Foster spend time with their cousin Julian and their elderly friends, Uncle Pindar and Aun
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Sheryl Tribble
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Enright's an excellent writer, but the plots of the Gone-Away books are too neat for me. When we see the characters work hard, it's the kind of work they enjoy. There's mention of offstage jobs or responsibilities that are less pleasurable, but we never go there with the characters. We know they sometimes fight, but that's offstage as well. In the Melendy books, some of the best times are treasured because the characters know they're rare; in the Gone-Away books, an adult points out to a child t ...more
J
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
BEWARE of spoilers. One man's bookflap summary is another man's spoiler.

Picked up a used copy of this book, which I hadn't read since childhood. This and the original "Gone-Away Lake" were favorites.

I'm still eager to read the first book -- with fingers crossed that it still appeals to my adult sensibility - I but have to say the sequel is pretty formulaic. It's a treasure story that turns out exactly as the reader is likely to predict from the beginning.

The author's writing is spritely. Her obs
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Jenn Estepp
sort of like the first book was an idealized summer adventure i would've liked to have had as a kid, the sequel was sort of an idealized adventure i would like to have now. sure, the children were there and doing their kid thing, but mostly i kept thinking, "um, please can this all happen to me? i would very much like to purchase a shambling house in the middle of practically nowhere for a tiny song and discover that it is filled with antiques and curiosities and treasures that i will discover, ...more
Annette
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This sequel to Gone-Away Lake is every bit as good as the original. It's set in the 50's, the year after the first in the series. Portia's family has purchased the long-abandoned home of the inimitable Mrs. Brace-Gideon, and the adults and children spend a happy summer cleaning, restoring, visiting with Uncle Pin and Aunt Min, and treasure-hunting - with plenty of minor adventures on the way. Gentle, imaginative, and fun to read: the sort of book where I found myself reading selected pithy passa ...more
Leah
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: rereading, fiction, ya
Again, I cannot describe how happy this book makes me. I happily sink back into the world of Gone-Away Lake, content not to leave it until the book ends, and even then I do so reluctantly.
In this sequel, the story continues its everyday magic by describing the Blake family's battle to reestablish livable conditions in the run-down mansion they've purchased. As always, Elizabeth Enright knows when to add a detail, and when to offer insight into a child's mind. My only fault with this book is that
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Melody
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2014 Balm. Hilarity and balm, that's what this book is. Plus the stellar writing. And the white-throated sparrow.

2013 "Sometimes a story can open a world for you: you step into it and forget the real one you live in."

I love these books. Not least because these two books were in the vanishingly small number of books that my son would deign to read. Not least because Enright understood boys right down to the bone. Not least because of the botanizing. Certainly because of the quality of the prose,
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Audrey
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun! I liked it better than the first one. For some reason the concept of fixing up an old home laden with antiques and surprises really appeals to me.

There was one line in the book that left me wondering if Mrs. Cheever made up some of the stories she tells. Hmm. I don't know.

I love Enright's writing style—her characterization, humor, quirky situations, and the authentic dialogue. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Faith
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Gone-away lake was excellent, a great story. Return to Gone-Away was way better, but they both deserved a five. This one was just fantastic, amazing, the best book written be her.
Siblings Portia and Foster buy a new old house, back where their cousin Julian and friends Aunt Minniehaha and Uncle
live. While fixing up the ancient house where they think they will spend only their summers, they have a fantastic time finding frogs, exploring, and being in the Philosophers Club- Portia and Julian at
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Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and New York City. After creating her first book in 1935, she developed a taste, and quic ...more
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