[DWJ] please help ID children's book vaguely remembered

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Mon Mar 20 07:23:17 EST 2006

Isn't "Moondial" a little like that, too? I vaguely remember the book.

Even "Charlotte Sometimes" and the "Green Knowe" books have some common
elements. And there's a newer book by Sarah Singleton, "Century", which is
also a variation on the theme: a little girl trapped in time trying to
unravel the spell that stuck her family in a single week of a certain

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Sally, replying to Esther:

> This is, without a doubt, THE WINTER OF ENCHANTMENT, by Victoria
> Walker. The sequel is called A HOUSE CALLED HADLOWS.


> > The book was about a 20th century boy who somehow gets
> > into a magic place where a girl from maybe the 1800's
> > is held captive.  It's a mansion with a magic table
> > that gives her whatever food she wishes for.  She can
> > walk in a garden outside and be in the house, but
> > that's it.  And she has a big cat.  She's bored and
> > lonely.
> >
> > It seems that her guardian quarreled with a magician
> > and imprisioning her is the magician's revenge.  The
> > modern boy takes it as a quest to free her, and
> > succeeds in the end, and she goes back to her own
> > time.  But as the modern boy is missing her, he meets
> > his new stepparent? and stepsister? who looks just
> > like his captive friend.  And she writes the name of
> > the cat under his drawing of it.

This sounds excellent.  I shall have to look out for it.  All I could
think of when reading Esther's description was that it wasn't "Conrad's
Fate" or "Tom's Midnight Garden"...

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