Britt, Paige. The Lost Track of Time. Il. by Lee White. Scholastic. 2015. $17.99. 306p. 978-0-545-53812-1. Ages 9-12. P8Q8
Purple illustrations highlight the fantasy of Penelope, driven by her mother’s obsessive fear of “losing time,” who accidentally falls into a mysterious hole in her tight schedule. With Dill, a companion through the dangers of the Realm of Possibility, she encounters great danger in her quest to find and free the Great Moodler, who provided creativity to the world. The excitement in this debut novel builds as Dill is consigned to be a repetitive and hypnotic Clockworker ruled by Overlord Chronos. Time-related wordplay is enhanced by the homonyms and puns that are actually creatures, such as worry warts and the Shadow of Doubt. Britt shows the problems of being a compulsive organizer and the importance of daydreaming in a tale reminiscent of allegorical journeys in The Phantom Tollbooth and L. Frank Baum’s stories such as The Wizard of Oz.
September 2015 review by Nel Ward.