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Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson…

Running Out of Time (original 1995; edition 1997)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Author)

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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.
Title:Running Out of Time
Authors:Margaret Peterson Haddix (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (1997), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
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Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1995)

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Love the concept, but there are so many more plot holes than I remember. Also why the fuck did they teach those kids old timey racism?? ( )
  mutantpudding | Nov 8, 2023 |
Incredible, suspense, a sense of potential historical and social implications. ( )
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
I read this because my 10 year old son told me I should. It was a good, fast-paced story. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Premise/plot: Jessie Keyser has lived her whole life in a small village, Clifton, where the year is 1840 and a disease is threatening to become an epidemic. But what she doesn’t know can save her...for outside her small village, the year is 1996. In the 1980s, a millionaire had a ‘brilliant’ idea of creating an authentic tourist attraction where volunteers would throw themselves back in time while tourists secretly watched. Jessie’s mother and father were two of the original volunteers. The rules were simple. Anyone was supposed to be able to leave if they changed their mind. While they couldn’t discuss the ‘twentieth-century world’ with just anyone, they could tell their children once they turned twelve. They were supposed to have access to modern medicine in the case of life-threatening illnesses. But what happens when the rulebook is thrown out? Can Jessie save her village from disaster? Full of secrets and surprises, RUNNING OUT OF TIME is an exciting science fiction read.

My thoughts: I've read this one a handful of times. If the summary sounds familiar, it is cut and pasted from an earlier review. I always find myself coming back to this title because the premise is so unique and fun. I love this concept. Jessie--and all the other children--know no other life than frontier life. She honestly believes the year is 1840. This is her world--her only world. When disease threatens, her mom sends her on desperate rescue mission. Escape Clifton. Reach the outside world. Make contact with someone and tell their STORY. Get help. So she's thrown into the 'real world' suddenly. It is a big culture clash. And this one has action, mystery, and great character development.

I am so excited that after so many decades a second book is coming. ( )
  blbooks | Feb 4, 2023 |
Pretty good little story of a girl who thinks she is in 1840s confronting the modern world. Kind of unbelievable but OK. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
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To Doug, and in loving memory of Myrtle Peterson. With thanks to Marilee Peterson, Dr. K. W. Chan, and Creg Stockwell for help with medical and pharmaceutical information.
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The light woke Jessie, though it was just a glimmer downstairs. She eased out of bed, being careful not to disturb her sister Hannah.
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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.

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A sicknesss is in Jessie's 1840 world and she is the only one who can get the treatment. She discovers a new world that she must learn to survive by herself
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