Running Out of Time

Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie s mother sends her on a dangerous mission to bring back help But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life inJessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie s mother sends her on a dangerous mission to bring back help But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time
Running Out of Time Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton Indiana When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying Jessie s mother sends her on a dangerous mission t

  • Title: Running Out of Time
  • Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • ISBN: 9780439632508
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Running Out of Time”

    1. I can't believe I forgot this book existed. I remember this from my childhood. Remembering books from that time period always gives me the happiest nostalgic feeling.

    2. This book reminded me a lot of an M. Night Shyamalan movie which I won't name, just in case someone thinks I would be giving away too much of the book's plot. The storylines are kind of similar, but I think that I like the plot twist in this book better than the movie.

    3. M. Shyamalan’s ‘The Village’ has a plotline suspiciously close to Margaret Peterson Haddix’s ‘Running Out of Time.’ A nineteenth century backwoods settlement is completely artificial; we’re actually in the present. When a medical emergency prompts residents to seek a twentieth century cure, a young girl is asked to escape the guarded perimeter of her make-believe world. Despite the striking resemblances, the film’s producers called charges of plagiarism ‘meritless.’ Haddix an [...]

    4. Riveting story about a world within a world. My in-laws live near Conner Prairie, Indiana which is an outdoor living history museum; we had just returned from visiting there when we read this book. The frontier village of Clifton, Indiana which Haddix describes seems much like the tourist attraction, Conner Prairie, a mid-American country town frozen in 1836. But what if there were real people in the living history museum? Wouldn't that make it much more interesting? And what if those people did [...]

    5. This is probably one of my favourite books ever. I love the innovative idea behind it, the pace (which is FAST), and the drama.Basically, it's the story of a girl who lives in a village in the 1800s. Only it's not really the 1800s. It's a kind of living museum and none of the children know that. Except something's gone wrong and they're all trapped. Jesse escapes and on her own and has to move through this strange modern world to find help for her village.The only thing I can think of to complai [...]

    6. My friend is a, well, a kind of guru of the young adult sci-fi genre. She has excellent taste in books. When I saw her review of this one, I knew I had to read it.If you've seen "The Village" you know what this story is about. Except that this book was published in 1995 and "The Village" was released in 2004. Basically the same plot. The book takes place in a village where all the children think it's 1860 or so. They have no memories of what is beyond their village of Clifton. Then the children [...]

    7. This book, for about 10-14 year old girls, reads like a rebuttal to the pioneer-girl fantasies those same girls likely had a few years earlier if they read The Little House Collection or played Oregon Trail -- at any rate, those fantasies stand a chance of giving the young reader a better chance of understanding this surprisingly sophisticated and action-packed novel. The driving motivation behind the book's set-up is the lure of old-timey charm on tourists, which has been perverted in a twist b [...]

    8. ”Jessie wanted to ask so many questions, she couldn’t think where to begin. She wanted to know about the ‘something dangerous,’ but she wanted to understand everything else Ma had told her first. She wanted to watch Pa and Mr. Smyth and the Ruddles and all the other adults in Clifton and see what they were hiding.”I’m not one to begin rampant speculation on a theory. In the end, there’s usually a logical explanation for everything. But in this instance, there are just too many exam [...]

    9. “Running out of Time” by Margaret Peterson Haddix was a very interesting quick-read. Due to the outrageous turns of events and the in-depth character developments, this book was a “page turner”, in the truest sense of the word.To begin, the plot and turn of events easily caught me by surprise. For example, the book started out with a fairly normal family who obviously lived in the past. In fact, it later states that the year was currently 1840. I actually read the back of the book before [...]

    10. This book is a very quick read, as it is intended for a fairly young audience. With its simple characters and plot, it is not exactly captivating, but I did enjoy the protagonist's commentary on the elements of our time period, which were completely foreign to her. I also like the dual meaning of the title. Many of my students enjoy Haddix's books, and this is one that I will recommend to them.

    11. I liked the premise of this book more than I did the execution. The set up was great, and I felt like I understood the world very well. But the book seemed to fall apart a bit at the end, where things got rushed. I wanted to see a bit more deeper characterization overall. I think that for what it is, it's a solid and enjoyable read though, and would recommend it if you're looking for light entertainment.

    12. This book was really interesting! The idea of a colony of people who thought (for the most part) that they lived in the 1800s was really cool, and Jessie's experiences after escaping were really neat. Everything worked out differently than I thought it might, and there was some untapped potential in the story, but it was a really enjoyable read! The only part I didn't like was Pa's trouble adjusting and psychological problems. But otherwise, a great book!

    13. I like this book because its about a girl who is in New York and she was exploring the city and one day she gets lost and her mom calls her to come home and she gets lost in the city and she has a minimum time to get home so she starts her time and by the time she gets to were she wants to go shes running out of time this is why i like this book.

    14. I remember the first time I read this, I was thirteen and read this book in one day sitting in a hammock during summer. I loved the characters and all the plot twists. This was my first fearful social utopia book and it sparked my interest that I still have today.

    15. One of my faves as a kid. I wonder where my copy went? Anyway, supposedly MPH got super pissed when The Village came out, and she accused M. Night Shamalamadingdong of stealing her story. I have no idea about this. I have never seen The Village. The End.

    16. I was really into historical fiction as a kid, and this was my gateway into dystopia and worlds where the entire society was not to be trusted (instead of just random evil adults). I should probably reread it to see how it holds up.

    17. This is a really enthralling book that keeps you on the edge of your seat:P I absolutely love it and I have read it several times:D

    18. Forgot about this book until I was cleaning out a closet! Reread it this weekend. I loved it (again)! Definitely think M. Night must have read it too

    19. This novel managed to entice me with the premise alone, and the writing and character development were able to carry me through an emotionally driven story, filled with anxiety and worry. The ending also got to me, and was able to make me feel that the story had been wrapped up, with a small open end for a possible follow-up.

    20. Did you ever wonder how it would be to live in the past? Running of Time is historical fiction. I think this book was great the way the author explains the character's personality and the setting.This book is mostly about this girl named Jessie living in a village named Clifton in the 1800's. But when she finds out diphtheria has gone out through her family she has to go outside the village to save her family from the disease. Jessie wanted to save her family from the disease, but when she finds [...]

    21. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a girl named Jessie Keyser who lives in Clifton Indiana with her family. She thinks it is the1840’s but in reality it is 1996. There is a deadly disease that is going around and making everyone in the town horribly sick. It is a devastating time for the kids and adults in Clifton. This disease is life threatening and highly contagious. Everyone is trying to cure it by medicine that they have in their village but it is not working. Jessie [...]

    22. The last time I read this book was in the 4th grade upon entering the Gateway program. I loved it then, although I found some of the terminology hard to get through. Reading it when I'm older, it's still as good as ever plotwise, and gave me the additional depth of knowing exactly what I was reading, as well as picking up some things I missed the first time around. Reading the second time around, I also noticed lots and lots of hints that I missed the first time (ex: her teacher constantly askin [...]

    23. Jessie is a young adult living in 1840, or so she thought. It is actually 1996 and Jessie has been living in a village called Clifton which is actually a tourist attraction. The adults living in Clifton volunteered to live in this simulation and agreed to let people watch them live their everyday lives as if it where in the 1800s. When diphtheria comes to the village and there is no medicine to cure it, Jessies mom sends her to the real world to get help. Jessie had never seen most of the things [...]

    24. This is another one I read several times as a kid - I enjoyed Belle Prater's Boy so much the other day, I decided to continue the nostalgia trip and give it a re-read. It always appealed to me as a kid, because I was a huuuuge Little House nerd, and one of my favorite "what if" daydreams was imagining someone from that time coming to the present, and what they would think of everything. This book does pretty much exactly that, plus an ample helping of danger and adventure, which make it a real p [...]

    25. Running out of time is about a girl named Jessie, who lives in the 1840's- or so she thinks! She is a believable character going about daily prairie life in Clifton, Indiana. When a deadly incurable disease strikes upon the village her mother revels that it is actually 1996 and that they are living in a tourist village, Jessie must get medicine from the outside world. Jessie is shocked that tourists have been watching her every move on cameras placed around Clifton. She reliazes that everything [...]

    26. I really like this author. I was first introduced to Haddix when I volunteered in the library at my children's school several years ago and discovered the Shadow Children series (Among the Hidden, Betrayed, etc). I absolutely loved her writing style and the intricate plot and characters. This book is very different than the Shadow Children series but just as intriguing. What happens when people volunteer to live a historical lifestyle and then discover that they have become guinea pigs for scien [...]

    27. I think this was meant for younger readers than the YA that I normally read, or maybe it was just the way that the narrator of the audiobook read it. But I was pretty into the story, and I loved seeing how Jessie reacted to modern-day society after being basically raised in the 1800s. I was medium into this book until the end, but I really liked how the author wrapped things up. (view spoiler)[I don't think most YA novels would get into the adults being considered possible child abusers, which t [...]

    28. This book had an interesting premise and it was fun to read. If one thinks about the logic too much it breaks down--what were the makers of Clifton village going to do when the kids grew up and wanted to move away?--but sometimes it's best not to analyze those sorts of things when reading books. Suspend disbelief, and all that.I did wish for a happier ending for Jessie. She did save the day, but I have to wonder how a person from a village in 1840s would really feel about being uprooted and thro [...]

    29. I did not like this book. It is nothing like her other books at all. I didn't like when they would say ma or pa. (It drives me crazy!) It was to detailed in some places and didn't have enough detail in other places. I didn't like the plot at all. It was slow and boring to me. Overall I just didn't like anything about the book. :(

    30. I got this book at the Book Fair in grammar school!I read it and LOVED it so much that I made my mother read it. She also loved it.Is it just me, or does it seem like the movie "the Village" is totally based on this book??Having read this in te 8th grade, when the M. Night Shyamalan movie came out, I felt I already knew all the twists and turns because it was so similar to this book.

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