Lost Time

Lost Time

by Susan Maupin Schmid

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101652299
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 307 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Susan Maupin Schmid lives in Iowa.

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Lost Time 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Violynne Vivant lives on the planet Lindos. Her parents, both professors disappear while working at an archaeological dig. Violynne is left in the care of her Aunt Madelyn and the butler Einhart. Things go along as usual until one night someone breaks into their house. Their crescent shaped house sits on the shores of Lake Sere. It was designed to prevent intruders from getting in. The only way this could have happened is if Arbiter, the ruler made it happen. Now he wants Violynne, but why? Violynne suddenly realizes her aunt and butler are not exactly who they have portrayed. Now she must try to find out what really happened to her parents since her aunt has been arrested and her butler has disappeared, and she is running out of time.This was a really great book. It is set on another planet and involves several different alien species. It has all of the high tech gadgets anyone could want like a house that performs to your commands, memory balls and that is just two of them. I think anyone who likes science fiction will love this book. It is definitely a great addition to my shelves at school.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Susan Maupin Schmid's first book. The writing style is unpolished but shows promise. This could have been a good book; maybe if the characters were more fully developed, and maybe if it had been about eighty pages longer. As it was written the story felt rushed and didn't feel resolved. The descriptions of alien cultures and scenery were lush and thoughtful, but it felt like they were there to add length to the story rather than to embellish it. I hope that Schmid continues to write; she can only get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. Loves it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Hello, it is me, Puprlious again. Hey remember the term? "Canon Chacther Crueltiy!" Well. I found Epicness again today. Can you tell us about Lego Five Golden Brick Temple?) <br> (Epicness said,"Well i will tell ya when i review this story!") <br> (Purplious nodded and pointed the beinning of the second chapther.) <p> Dawn was looking the vortex. Lyna spoke up,"PTS! What is even this?" PTS said,"This is imp-p-possble" Lyna sighed and touched the vortex and sucked her out the Equestria. Dawn looked like in Spike was looking worried. He jumped. Everypony remaining on Equestria gasped. The vortex closed. PTS said,"I hope they are okay without the help!" Her guards helped her and Rosebud to ride back to Sisternations Empire. Nitro brought some keys. The keys remaining: Lyna, Nitro, Firework, Blue Lighting, Blazin, Beats, BM, Dawn, and.......Broken. <p> Lyna groaned and opened her eyes. Dawn does the same. They were a humans! They screamed! <p> (Purplious left the note saying: Signing off for very next time!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing-couldnt put it down
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lost Time is a wonderfully written science fiction story with an engaging female protagonist.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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