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Twelve-year-old Violynne Vivant wants answers. Orphaned and anguished, she wonders daily what happened to her parents, archaeologists who went digging for the ancient city of Ninthon and vanished into the red sands of Lindos never to return.

Things heat up when a thief breaks into the Vivant's house, looking for Violynne. Suddenly, she is swept into a maze of powerful adult forces: from the planetary ruler called the ...

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Overview

A space age mystery!

Twelve-year-old Violynne Vivant wants answers. Orphaned and anguished, she wonders daily what happened to her parents, archaeologists who went digging for the ancient city of Ninthon and vanished into the red sands of Lindos never to return.

Things heat up when a thief breaks into the Vivant's house, looking for Violynne. Suddenly, she is swept into a maze of powerful adult forces: from the planetary ruler called the Arbiter to the murky underworld figure, the Coil-they all have a sudden deep interest in Violynne. Why? And what does it have to do with her parent's disappearance? It becomes apparent that only Violynne herself can uncover her parents? whereabouts-along with age-old secrets of the mysterious planet that many would rather stay buried . . .

Imaginative and gripping, this unique blend of sci-fi and mystery will captivate young readers.

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VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
This debut novel has a bang-up beginning and continues with nonstop suspense as twelve-year-old Violynne Vivant, her Aunt Madelyn, and Einhart, the butler, are awakened by an intruder alert. Violynne's parents, renowned archaeologists, disappeared a year earlier. Their collection of rare Croon artifacts makes the house a burglar's paradise, but only her father's violin is taken by the intruder. An investigation leads to the Arbiter of the planet as the responsible party. Meanwhile her Aunt asks the Coil for help in finding Violynne's missing parents. This alien, who replaced the ancient Croon as the spirit of the planet, says the archaeologists are not in the Arbiter's secret holding cells and speculates that the thief took the wrong violin. The Arbiter's next step is to restrict all offworld travel, foiling her aunt's plan of sending Violynne to safety on the next ship out. An encounter on the city streets with one of the mysterious Croon, who tells Violynne that it is not a matter of where her parents went but when, leaves the girl even more confused. After the Arbiter arrests her aunt for speaking out against him, it is up to Violynne to solve the mystery surrounding her parents' disappearance on this world with so few humans and so many secrets and where all is not what it seems. Schmid offers an excellent blend of science fiction and mystery, featuring an intrepid heroine who perseveres and succeeds against all odds. Best of all, there is plenty of room for a sequel. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
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Gr 5-7

This sci-fi novel takes place on the planet Lindos, where 12-year-old Violynne Vivant struggles with the disappearance of her parents, who vanished from an archaeological dig a year earlier. Though there are not many humans living on Lindos, she is looked after by her Aunt Madelyn and their butler, Einhart. Violynne's life gets even more complicated when someone breaks into their home, which is filled with valuable artifacts, and steals only an old violin. This incident triggers many others, resulting in Violynne trying to figure out who kidnapped her parents and keeping herself safe from the culprit. The concept of Lost Time is a good one: combining a suspenseful mystery with an otherworldly science fiction tale. Unfortunately, the promise is not fulfilled within the story. Many alien life-forms and futuristic technologies are introduced, but none of them is fully realized or completely explained. The mystery unfolds at a frantic pace, and readers must acclimate quickly to the various events with limited information. The end result seems rushed, and the resolution unsatisfying. Vivian Vande Velde's Heir Apparent (Harcourt, 2002) or Margaret Haddix's "Shadow Children" series (S & S) are better choices for sci-fi fans who also love a good mystery.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ

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A promising SF/fantasy/mystery blend, Schmid's debut features an intrepid 12-year-old who picks up her parents' trail a year after they vanish at an archeological dig on planet Lindos. That trail leads Violynne into brushes with the autocratic planetary Arbiter and with several sorts of enigmatic aliens, then into a dramatic flight that culminates in the discovery of an ancient time machine deep underground. As Schmid plays fast and loose with physical laws (specifically a moon that doesn't affect the orbits of any of its near neighbors, despite having the gravity well of a black hole), this isn't pure SF, but she creates a credible setting and keeps the pace up. She also stirs in suspense and political intrigue, provides Violynne with a good stock of native intelligence, plus a pair of colorful secret agents to give her a hand at need, and finishes off with a dramatic multiple rescue. This stands alone but could engender sequels-which would be a good thing, as well-crafted interstellar tales for this audience are rare. (Science fiction/fantasy. 10-12)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399244605
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Maupin Schmid lives in Iowa.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    Violynne is twelve years old and living on the planet Lindos. Her parents disappeared a year ago while searching for the lost civilization of the Croon. <BR/><BR/>She lives in an unique house shaped like a crescent moon with her butler, Einhart, and her Aunt Madelyn. Then one day her house gets robbed, and they get an invitation to go to the capital city to attend the Perpetuity Masquerade Ball. This ball is given by the Arbiter, the supreme ruler of the planet. Violynne doesn't want to go because she thinks that the Arbiter is the one who made her parents disappear. <BR/><BR/>When they get to the capital city, havoc erupts. Violynne is amazed to discover that her butler and her aunt aren't who she thinks they are, and suddenly she ends up alone and determined to find her parents. <BR/><BR/>I enjoyed this book immensely. There are great sci-fi names such as the Coil, Raki, Croon, Quashers, Lyrling, Aros, and Arguaylan. There are brilliant sci-fi gadgets, too. They have thoughtbooks, flying cars, houses that can think, time portals, and planet-wide rules and edicts. That makes it interesting, but what makes it real is that you fall in love with the heroine. You hope that she will find her parents because the love between them is genuine. <BR/><BR/>I have read a lot of sci-fi in my life, and what makes a good science fiction tale is the humanism of the characters. This book had it all. It was a very good story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Entertaining and Clever

    Lost Time is a wonderfully written science fiction story with an engaging female protagonist.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining young adult science fiction thriller

    Few humans reside on the planet Lindos Alexander and Viola Vivant and their daughter Violynne are some of the few. Violynne¿s parents are archeologists seeking sites with Croon artifacts left behind by a vast empire that has since vanished over a millennium ago. She is worried and frightened because her parents disappeared a year ago and even the planetary scanner cannot locate them. Currently Violynne lives with her butler Einhart and her Aunt Madelyn. --- One night someone breaks into their house stealing her father¿s violin. The family believes the ruler of the planet the Arbiter of Lyrling sanctioned the theft. The Arbiter invites the family to a party once there Violynne snoops around until she finds her father¿s thought pack that he took to the dig. Only she can open it, but the Arbiter wants to control her. He arrests her aunt to force her hand, but Violynne instead goes into hiding as she is caught between the Arbiter and the real ruler the Coil. Each has a different agenda that holds in common using Violynne, but she wants to find her parents apparently LOST IN TIME. --- This is an entertaining young adult science fiction thriller. The diverse alien species are fully developed yet it is easy to understand their motives as each of the races want to make Violynne play their tune. LOST TIME is filled with enough action to keep audience interest, but it is the manipulations of Violynne by the various species that makes this a fun outer space thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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