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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,135,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beiko delivers a clever, interesting plot." —Kirkus Reviews (April 2013)

"Part fairy story and part ghost story, The Lake and the Library is a satisfying fantasy novel with enough suspense and mystery to keep the reader guessing. Recommended for school and public libraries." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials (March 2013)

"The Lake and the Library is not just about a girl wishing to leave a dull life behind and finding excitement in a place that seems too good to be true, it’s an analogy of what books do, in general. They take us to places where dreams come true, where we can interact in fantasy worlds, and where spirits become real. The Library holds such magic for Ash…I found the story fascinating." —Susan Rocan, My Wither Shins

"The Lake and the Library could be called a tribute to the power of books, and it is certainly an auspicious first novel by a new Winnipeg author." —Helen Norrie, Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

S. M. Beiko holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Manitoba and this is her first novel. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on August 26, 2013
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What a fun read! I wanted to read The Lake and the Library by author S.M. Beiko the moment I read the synopsis on the back of the novel. It sounded absolutely magical and that it would be a dream-like read that would be Alice in Wonderland meets the modern day world. Which is exactly what The Lake and the Library is. It's a beautifully written read that readers will get caught up in and enjoy until the very last page. Just great.

The Lake and the Library tells the story of main character Ash who wants a life that's full of adventure. When she learns that she will have to move from her hometown of Treade at the end of the summer and face a heartfelt goodbye with her best friends and everything she cherishes in Treade. So when Ash and her best friends go to an eerie building outside of Treade, a building that has haunted her with the mystery of what must be inside, Ash finds a way in. But what she finds within the building isn't what she expected.

She discovers a library within the building. A library beyond her wildest dreams, a library filled with every book she could ever want to read. But within the library is a mute boy named Li. At first Li and Ash don't get along but eventually Ash is drawn to Li and how he loves to indulge her imagination when they are inside the library. Soon Ash and Li both disappear into their wildest fantasies together but with the end of summer fast approaching their time together must end. Hiding deep within the library is a story untold, one that explains Li's life and the dark secrets within the Library and its existence.

The one thing I first noticed about The Lake and the Library was the writing style. Beiko's writing style is beautiful.
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