Item description for A Loop in Time (Polis) by Wright Rowena...
Art, science and time travel combine in a smart and silly telling of the myth of Osiris set amid the issues of post 9/11-New York.
Advance praise for A LOOP IN TIME: ". . .intriguing...[Wright's] writing style is descriptive and poetic. . ."- VOYA
Daemon Skye came home after the Tunnel Wars to enjoy a rich life in Skye Tower. Ericca Ludwig's father Branch Archer never returned. But with the help of Albert and Leonardo, two long-deceased thinkers who live in her baby blanket, Ericca discovers the hidden world of Saplings and Ringgolds, and magical time tunnels. Can Branch's fate be reversed with a loop in time? Ericca and her friends pursue clues to this question in a delightful madcap adventure under the shadow of familiar issues.
ABOUT THE POLIS SERIES: Politics, business and technology, and the influence of female consciousness on Western thought are highlighted in A LOOP IN TIME and sequels in the Polis series. Visit the world of the POLIS series at www.polisgames.com.
Fiction, Young Adult, Mythopoeic Fantasy ISBN-13: 978-1-933791-07-4, 1-933791-07-1 Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-1-933791-08-1, 1-933791-08-X Hardcover, 291 pages. Library of Congress Card Number: 2006017919. For more information, visit www.finialpublishing.com. E-mail: email@example.com
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 5, 2006
Publisher Finial Publishing
ISBN 193379108X ISBN13 9781933791081
Reviews - What do customers think about A Loop in Time (Polis)?
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jun 3, 2007
A LOOP IN TIME took me a long time to read. It is a challenge, but one that satisfies when you finish.
It is a retelling of the Egyptian myth of Osiris. Errica Lugwig is a young girl growing up in New York City. Her father died in the tunnel wars. Her mother is a librarian. They have some unusual items in their apartment.
When Errica was born was given a blanket named Spike, which has bobbleheads of scientists who are her friends -- and which also flies. Her mother has a wastebasket which never gets full. I certainly would love that!
Errica, though, has a pretty lonely existence with her mother working long hours. She decides that time is not linear but is cyclical, and thinks that possibly her father is alive. The remainder of the story is Errica's search for her father, dealing with a Paris Hilton-type girl whose father fought with her own, and ultimately finding out that she is not an Earth being but a Ringold.
I strongly recommend this story to a special niche of young adults. The reader should be science minded, have some knowledge of Egyptian mythology, and like a good story.
Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
A good book for the young adults in your life May 17, 2007
A Loop in Time is Book One of the Polis Series. Rowena Wright has set her story in post-9/11 New York. You are introduced to Sophia who is about to be a single mother, having lost her husband in an unspecified war far away. The baby is Ericca--the heroine of the book.
Ericca grows up in a world that is parallel to the usual world, but also contains a blanket named Spike that is populated with famous faces. Two of those faces pop out of the blanket and argue math and philosophy with Ericca and each other. Other characters are not just what they appear. Some are mysterious and intriguing and some are mysterious and threatening. There are people who are more ordinary, but who also have a great effect on the growing heroine.
The fact that this is a first book in a series may be the reason for some of its complexity. I found it difficult at times to keep track of characters and plot, though my perseverance was rewarded at the end of the book. You will learn about Egyptian mythology and quantum computing, as well as other odd bits of information along the way. A book that leaves one a little smarter is always enjoyable.
The characters are well drawn. Even minor players are well rounded, and the main players, both good and bad, are a mixture that makes them more appealing. A part of the complexity mentioned above is due to the author's care in creating believable characters.
If Rowena Wright can build upon the foundation laid in A Loop in Time, the rest of the Polis Series will be well worth reading.
Armchair Interviews says: First in a very promising young adult series.
A creative remake of an Egyptian myth Mar 27, 2007
Reviewed by Ian McCurley (age 13) for Reader Views (3/07)
The story takes place in post 9/11 New York during the Tunnel Wars. Tunnel Wars is the fictional war caused by the bombing of the World Trade Center. Sophia Ludwig lived alone in New York. Though she appeared human on the outside, she was actually a Ringgold, which were like humans but with magical powers. Sophia had just lost her husband, Branch Archer, when she learned that she had become pregnant. Ten years later, Sophia and her daughter Ericca visit a memorial to her father in Central Park. Ericca comes home to find her two friends Elle and Matt and her magical baby blanket. The baby blanket can fly, and the heads of long-deceased scientists pop out of it at intervals. Matt has brought along a new invention of his father's called the Q-Computer which has the ability to project life-like holographic images onto anything. While at a field trip to a museum, Matt sees Tory Skye, the daughter of Diamond Skye, another Ringgold who had risen from a mere immigrant to one of New York's biggest businessmen. He watched her as she stole the priceless amulet, the Eye of Horus. Ericca, Elle and Matt must steal the amulet back and all the while search for the truth behind Branch Archer's death. Can Ericca turn back time before it is too late?
The author, Rowena Wright, gets her point across in an understandable yet confusing manner. "A Loop in Time" is an abstract work of fiction that is set after a very real tragedy. What it lacks in background and explanation, it makes up for in creativity and imagination.
"A Loop in Time" is for kids between the ages of 10 and 16 who enjoy chess, science fiction and flying. If you don't understand why I put these three things together, which you shouldn't, this book is for you.
In conclusion, "A Loop in Time" is an imaginative, creative and well-written story about a girl in post 9/11 New York. Based on the Egyptian myth of Osiris, "A Loop in Time" will captivate you. I personally look forward to some of Rowena Wright's other works.
For fans who desire something different in their science fiction Nov 21, 2006
Sophia Ludwig works for a meager wage at the New York City public library. Being shy, she has few friends and little family outside of her ancient race the Ringgolds, who have the skills to manipulate of time and space. Thus for the most part she raises her daughter Ericca just above the poverty line as her beloved spouse Branch Archer, "architect" with a résumé out of a fantasy novel died during the Tunnel Wars.
Though Sophia and her friends have hidden their heritage from Ericca, she is becoming increasingly aware of how different her mom and she are compared to those who attend the same school as she does like the odious snob Tory Skye. As Erica learns about her inherited talent to work time and space, she enlists the help of her best friends, Albert and Leonardo, who though both are dead "live as bobble heads inside her baby blanket. With their help she begins to plot a course to save her father's life by changing history especially since she knows his soul lives though that means entering the time tunnels that connect alternate realities.
A LOOP IN TIME, book one of the Polis series, is not an easy novel to read because of the complexities of the plot especially with the time-space continuum for example that enables great thinkers like Albert and Leonardo to "live" though dead. Ericca is a delightful protagonist as she struggles to understand a universe where everything is possible as the cause and effect model is not the only perceivable relationship. Though the key support players are not fully developed making them less understandable than readers will want, fans who desire something different in their science fiction will want to visit Wright's realm where receiving advice from bobble heads is as normal as the plate breaking before you drop it.
Delightful! Full of surprises, adventure, and wry humor Oct 11, 2006
For Ericca Ludwig, a girl living with her single-mother librarian in New York City, life's amusement, mystery, and intrigue starts early. Her baby blanket floats like a magic carpet (don't all baby blankets do that?). Her babysitters turn out to be modern and ancient philosophers and mathematicians. One of her friends from childhood secretly invents the Q-computer, a technological breakthrough that can replicate historical artifacts and bring mystical figures to life - when it works, that is. Her favorite spectator sport is watching life-size warriors from ancient civilizations conduct chess-like battles on 8x8 grids at midnight in the hidden clearings of Central Park.
But amid this magical world, something is wrong. As Ericca grows older, she starts putting the pieces together. She learns that her parents were two of a handful of Ringgolds, an advanced Elf-like civilization, sent to America in the 1990's to help guide the human race away from its path of self-destruction. But their progress has been hindered by the mysterious death of her father and by one of the Ringgolds' new-found obsession with celebrity and real estate empire-building. Will Ericca be able to set things straight? Will she succeed in leveraging the Ringgolds' technology to find her father and fulfill their original mission - before it's too late?
Overall, this is a delightful book that's full of surprises, adventure, and wry humor. A weekend escape you won't soon forget.
A harried US Immigration official speaking across his desk to a thunderbolt-wielding would-be immigrant Ringgold: "I think your skills, as you said, in spontaneous energy generation will be helpful, but we don't really have a job class for that right now. So I'll just put down Short-Order Cook."