The Lost Track of Time

The Lost Track of Time

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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A magical fantasy, an allegorical cautionary tale, a feast of language, a celebration of creativity--this dazzling debut novel is poised to become a story for the ages!

Penelope is running out of time!

She dreams of being a writer, but how can she pursue her passion when her mother schedules every minute of her life? And how will she ever prove that writing is worthwhile if her mother keeps telling her to "get busy!" and "be more productive"?

Then one day, Penelope discovers a hole in her schedule--an entire day completely unplanned!--and she mysteriously falls into it. What follows is a mesmerizing journey through the Realm of Possibility where Penelope sets out to find and free the Great Moodler, the one person who may have the answers she seeks. Along the way, she must face an army of Clockworkers, battle the evil Chronos, take a daring Flight of Fancy, and save herself from the grip of time.

Brimming with clever language and masterful wordplay, The Lost Track of Time is a high-stakes adventure that will take you to a place where nothing is impossible and every minute doesn't count--people do!

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545538121
Branch Call Number: J FIC Britt
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: White, Lee 1970-- Illustrator


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FindingJane Jun 28, 2017

Reminiscent of “The Phantom Tollbooth” (from which it takes its main inspiration), “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and, quirkily, “The Lego Movie”, Ms. Britt’s first novel deals with a girl who yearns to be a writer. But she’s stuck with parents who micro-manage her every day.

Penelope’s adventure (dream? imagination?) deals heavily with the notion of time. Its significance permeates her world as wordplay and actuality. Puns about times are deft and the action more or less swiftly paced. Even time spent in a prison or working on an assembly line are written so as not to bore the reader or bog down the action.

There is action here, too, plenty to engage juvenile readers. Penelope’s wish to crack her writer’s block and gain some control over her life are intertwined in her journey and you read with a smile as she is flown on the wings of Fancy and drinks invisible tea in the Realm of Impossibility. The creatures she meets are strange enough without being so bizarre. The author has used her own imagination but not in a way that seems forced or too outré.

It’s surprising to read that this book came out in 2015. It already has a timeless quality to it that makes it seem as if it had been written a century ago. If you’ve ever wanted to succumb to dolce far niente, this book is a reminder of what makes taking time out so precious.

Oct 16, 2016

If you loved the Phantom Tollbooth and wished there was a sequel, than this book is for you! I loved it! Where the Phantom Tollbooth is more about words, the Lost Track of Time, deals, as you might expect, with time. Well chosen wordplay and a relatable, hard working protagonist make this an enjoyable and rewarding read. Put this on your must read list now!

Apr 09, 2016

This is a wonderful story! It uses words and common phrases that refer to time and other things to create a whole nother world! A world where you can acquire worry worts and use mushrooms for almost anything. It is a truly spectacular book.

PimaLib_HeatherR Aug 01, 2015

What a great story! A young girl finds herself on an unexpected quest of grave importance: to save the Realm of Possibilities, a place of dreaming and imagination. The book is reminiscent of The Phantom Tollbooth, complete with clever wordplay and illustrations.

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