The Lost Track of Time

The Lost Track of Time

Book - 2015
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Penelope is an imaginative girl, whose every day has been rigidly scheduled by her mother--until one day she falls through a hole in her calendar and lands in the Realm of Possibility, where she discovers that it, too, is stuck in a track of time, and only she can save it.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780545538121
Branch Call Number: J F BRI
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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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