I’ve got a long list of chapter book recommendations to eventually share as read-alouds with Meg but there are several that she isn’t ready for which I want to read now. Most of these come from lists like the ones I shared here and most are older books I missed out on as a child but would have loved.
Right now, I’m reading Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. I’ve also got her Melendy quartet which starts with The Saturdays on my TBR list as well. I’m about half -way done with Gone-Away Lake, and I love it. I’ve been unable to resist reading it in bed for the last two nights even though I was already getting in bed too late. The characters are fun and richly drawn, and I love the mysterious tone.
At the beginning of the story, Portia and her little brother Foster are traveling to visit their cousin Julian for the summer. Foster quickly finds a playmate who loves playing astronauts as much as he does, and Portia heads off for a day of exploring with Julian. The two of them discover an abandoned summer colony around the shore of what was once a lake and is now a swamp. When they hear a radio, they investigate more closely and end up meeting an elderly sister and brother pair who have taken up residence in two of the run-down houses. I love stories about finding hidden houses or settlements whether imaginary or real. Fog Magic was one of my favorites as a child. I’m excited about finishing Gone-Away Lake and it’s sequels.