Lost Time

Lost Time

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by Susan Maupin Schmid, Susan Maupin Schmid
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399244605
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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