Reviews for Gone-Away Lake
AudioFile Reviews 2003 August/September
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
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2003 May #2
Delany proves a nimble, accomplished reader on this inviting adaptation of Enright's Newbery Honor novel. Eleven-year-old Portia and her younger brother Foster can't wait to spend the summer in the country with their cousin Julian and his parents. Soaking in the fresh air, the rural setting and Julian's company is usually pleasure enough, but this summer the children stumble upon Gone-Away Lake, a settlement of elegant summer homes that have long been abandoned with the lake grown over, obscured by wetland plants. They also discover two kindly inhabitants of Gone-Away, who are happy to remain living in the past-and virtual isolation. Delany's dulcet voice conveys the children's wonder at their discovery as well as the warm and welcoming manner of Gone-Away's keepers, Aunt Minnehaha and Uncle Pin. Though some of the language is dated and today's children rarely have the same freedom to wander alone, this tale of friendship and the joys of a life lived well never sounds stale. Throughout, Delany's easy rhythm paired with Enright's detailed descriptions will have listeners longing for a summer vacation. Ages 8-up. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2003 July
Gr 3-6-Elizabeth Enright's 1957 Newbery Honor book (Harcourt, pap. 1990) will continue to entertain and enlighten today's children in this audiobook format just as the print version has for generations. A brief opening train ride (one of the only somewhat dated segments in the book) introduces listeners to Portia and Foster, siblings on their way to spend a summer in the country with their cousin Julian and his parents. But from that point on, the magic of discovering a small summer community, derelict for decades as its lake slowly dried, is just as enchanting today as it was nearly 50 years ago. Even Foster's play at robots and space stations contributes a contemporary feel to the story's details. The story is beautifully written with fairly sophisticated language, and it is even more of a treat to listen to thanks to a charming narration by Colleen Delany. Her lightning-fast transitions from voice to voice are absolutely on target, and she voices each character distinctly. The unfolding tale of the once-upon-a-time summer colony at the turn of the 20th century is wonderful, and Delany's clear, artful reading adds value. This story of a summer of discovery and adventure would be an outstanding choice for elementary school youngsters with a good reading and vocabulary skills.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 3-6-Elizabeth Enright's 1957 Newbery Honor Book about a season of discovery and adventure (Harcourt, 1990) continues to entertain children in the audiobook format. Narrator Colleen Delany's lightning-fast transitions from voice to voice are right on target in this story of a once-upon-a-time summer colony at the turn of the 20th century. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.