The Lost Track of Time

The Lost Track of Time


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545538121
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 530,119
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Paige Britt has been asking big questions since she was a small child. Her search for answers led her to write books that might inspire young readers to think, explore, and stay open to life’s mysteries. Her debut novel, The Lost Track of Time, was hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as an “exuberant homage to the power of imagination.” Why Am I Me? is her first picture book. Paige lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband. Visit her online at

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The Lost Track of Time 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, wow, wow! This book is a “timely” feast of language and imagination sure to feed the starving artist in us all. (Or anyone feeling over-scheduled and under-fulfilled.) A fun and fantastical journey reminiscent of “The Phantom Tollbooth”, filled with lively characters, clever puns, marvelous mushrooms, and a whole lot of “moodling”. A must-read for any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted so badly for this book to be more than it was. The concept reminded me of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, which is one of my most beloved books, but this "retelling" fell flat. What makes the Phantom Tollbooth such a compelling read is the use of an authoritarian model of the moralizing allegory. The Lost Track of Time is a cheap imitation of that. Penelope’s mother and father are caricatures. They are so over-the-top with scheduling Penelope’s time and refusing to listen to her desire to be a writer that they are rather ridiculous. Honestly, the plot seems a bit too forced,particularly in attempting to teach Penelope, and the readers, about the dangers of being over-scheduled.  To those who have liked this book- go pick up Norton Juster's masterpiece. You will love it. I wish I could give a second rating to the illustrations. I adore them. I loved the art work- Lee White is a genius.