A Well-Timed Enchantment

A Well-Timed Enchantment

by Vivian Vande Velde, Cliff Nielsen

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It's bad enough that Deanna has to waste her summer in France and her only friend is a mangy black cat, but now she's staring hopelessly into a well, trying to figure out what in the world to wish for.

Before she can make a wish, the cat scratches her, her watch falls into the well, and then . . . so has she! Except that now she's in medieval France, the cat is a handsome young man, and her watch has the power to completely change history.

Maybe a quiet summer would have been nice?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152049195
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Series: Magic Carpet Bks.
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 1,225,481
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Vivian Vande Velde  has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award–winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

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A Well-Timed Enchantment 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this as much as some of Vivian Vande Velde's other books, but A Well-Timed Enchantment has a certain whimsical, almost fairy-tale like feel to it that's very different compared to her other books, and I think it just took me by surprise.The beginning is very hard to get into, but all of the sudden I was almost finished with it, so it ends up being a very absorbing, if short, read. And while the beginning and middle parts are a little lacking, the ending is so good that it makes up for it. I also have to commend Vivian Vande Velde for pulling off a humanified cat (Oliver is pretty awesome in both forms).Which leads me to another VVV point: she writes the best kinds of love stories. Doesn't lay it on too thick, but doesn't have it pop out of nowhere.Overall a pretty good, short read. I would've liked it to be a bit longer and more involved, but then I don't think it would've had that strange, whimsical quality I mentioned before.
Ilithyia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Boring book, don't read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks back and forth waiting
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
I don't particularly like cats in real life, but I've noticed recently that they are generally a lot more appealing in fiction. A Well-Timed Enchantment by Vivian Vande Velde has a cat that's cool like that. The story starts when Deanna, a fifteen-year-old spending the summer with her mom in France, drops her Mickey Mouse watch down a well. Turns out the well isn't your average well: it's magic. To make matters worse, Deanna didn't drop her watch into the well, she dropped it into medieval France. Now she has to get the watch back before things get really out of hand. Deanna gets some help in the form of Oliver, the black cat she befriended back in modern France. Except now Oliver is a human. I first read this book when I was sixteen. I loved it so much I read it twice back to back. A Well-Timed Enchantment is one of those books that never get old. You can read it again and again and the story is still just as good as the first time. Vande Velde's narrative style here is similar to her other "fairy tale" books (like The Rumpelstiltskin Problem or Heir Apparent) with a blend of traditional story telling and her inimitably modern sensibility. The novel is written with a third person narration that follows Deanna's perspective. This novel combines a lot of different elements to great effect. One of the best characters (in any of) Vande Velde's work is Oliver. Turns out cats don't see things the same way humans do. I don't know how convincingly anyone can write in the voice of a cat-turned-human but Vande Velde seems to do a good job of it. The story is quick and fairly simple. There are a lot of things that older readers can enjoy and comment on, but the story is straight-forward enough that younger readers can also keep up. I might even go as far as to say it's a great feminist-oriented book for children (some might call it "anti-princess") because Deanna plays a significant role in fixing things (getting back the watch) even though Oliver does help quite a bit. My only issue with A Well-Timed Enchantment is the ending. Some readers will tell you they like a good, open-ended finish. It's more realistic, it encourages readers to use their imagination, etc. There is a time and place for open-endedness. This book does not happen to be the best place for it. Vande Velde acknowledges this in her dedication (it's dedicated to a girl even though she hated the ending). Over the years the ending has rankled less because, having given the matter more thought, I've been forced to conclude that there might not be a better way to end things. But it still left me frustrated after my first reading. Despite the somewhat irritating ending, this book is amazing. The characters are endearing, the story is fun, Oliver is awesome. Vande Velde is as creative and fun here as ever.
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-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
The trouble starts when Deanna starts to make a wish at an old well. Deanna's attempt to wish upsets Oliver a cat (who is her companion/friend while she is visiting relatives in a foreign country that she doesn't speak the language of) and causes her to drop her Mickey Mouse watch into the well. Deanna gets sucked into the well and Oliver jumps in to try to save her thus starting her journey - she is entrusted by two elves to retrieve her watch that has fallen back in time before it causes the destruction of her world and she ceases to exist. To assist her the elves turn Oliver the cat into a human boy. But what will happen when Deanna finds her watch, now that she & Oliver have fallen in love as humans?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think Velde did a good job on this book. The idea was good and I liked the ending, but I was highly disappointed. I've read many of Velde's and loved all of them but this one just didn't do it for me. I didn't think it was that funny and I found it pretty predictable. And even though it was supposed to take place in 24 hours, it felt like it went really fast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great humorous fantasy. It's a good lenghth that will entertain you for a day and you'll continue thinking about it after you've finished.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book! I picked it up, started to read, and was almost instantaniously pulled into the plot and the characters. This was my first book by Vivian Vande Velde. It had me laughing pretty much all the way through, and all the characters were so much fun. The ending kinda leaves you hanging, but I loved it anyway. It had such a unique and comedic feeling about it. ^-^ GO OLIVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. A very fun read if you just want to read something. Vivian Vande Velde wrote outstandingly as always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I love this book! It is awesome! You get hooked from the start. The ending is sweet, and gives you something to wonder about. 'What happens? How does she explain Oliver to her mom?'Read this book. You'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS AWSOME!!! If you like fantasy, and action you will LOVE this book! I was hooked from begining to end, IT WAS WONDERFUL YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a GREAT book! It has a sirprising ending! This is a book that you will want to read over and over and over. It is a mix between reality and fantasy. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!