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Format:
Title:
Running out of time
ISBN:
9780689800849

9780689812361

9780613016704

9780689852015
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1995.
Physical Description:
184 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
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Summary

Summary

When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.


Author Notes

Margaret Peterson Haddix was born in Washington Court House, Ohio on April 9, 1964. She received bachelor's degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing, and history from Miami University in 1986. Before becoming an author, she was a copy editor for The Journal-Gazette, a newspaper reporter for The Indianapolis News, an instructor at Danville Area Community College, and a freelance writer. Her first book, Running Out of Time, was published in 1995. She has written more than 30 books including Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Just Ella, Turnabout, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, and Into the Gauntlet. She also writes the Shadow Children series and the Missing series. She has won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award and several state Readers' Choice Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-By Margaret Peterson Haddix. Jesse's mother asks her to take a daring journey outside of the only world she knows to help save the children of 1840 Clifton. Jesse realizes it is really 1996 and the life she has known is a cleverly reconstructed tourist site. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

In an intriguing and fast-paced first novel, Haddix tells the story of Jessie, a child growing up in 1840 in a small town. When children begin dying of diptheria, Jessie learns that it is not 1840; it is 1996, and she is an exhibit in a living history museum controlled by scientists. In a tense, satisfying narrative, Jessie escapes, retrieving medicine for the children and drawing public attention to the cruelty of the exhibit. From HORN BOOK 1995, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. What if the costumed workers at historical sites really lived there, and tourists watched them through hidden cameras rather than from pathways? What if those workers and families were not allowed to leave, ever? Jessie lives in the 1840s, or so she believes until her mother sends her on an escape mission outside the fence, where it's 1996. The suspense and the cataloging of differences as they appear to Jessie are the best parts here. The resolution of the plot, which includes the revelation that the inhabitants have been used for scientific experimentation, comes too fast, but the quirky twist on time-travel fiction will keep the attention of readers. --Mary Harris Veeder