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

estairm at yahoo.com estairm at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 20 12:12:23 EST 2006


I love this group.  Sallyo is right, of course, I
recognize the cat's name.  And I get good-sounding
books to try from Gili's suggestions!

Esther Maclin

--- sally at sallyodgers.com wrote:

> Gili Bar-Hillel writes: 
> 
> > 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
> > century.
> 
> True, but this IS TWoE. See- 
> 
> > > 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.
> 
> He's actually from the early 20th C. She's 100 years
> earlier. 
> 
>  It's a mansion with a magic table
> > > that gives her whatever food she wishes for. 
> 
> YES 
> 
> She can
> > > walk in a garden outside and be in the house,
> but
> > > that's it. 
> 
> YES - it's a magic garden. 
> 
> >>And she has a big cat. 
> 
> He's called Mantari. 
> 
> She's bored and
> > > lonely.
> 
> YES 
> 
> > > 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.  
> 
> YES 
> 
> 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.
> 
> YES. The new stepsister is called SELINA, the
> original girl MELISSA and the 
> boy SEBASTIAN. 
> 
> S 
> 
> 
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