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Running Out of Time

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  15,647 ratings  ·  1,049 reviews
Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 -- or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cur ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Definitions (first published October 1995)
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Valynne Maetani
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.
booklady
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 ...more
Lars Guthrie
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 and her publishers con
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Steph
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.
Wendi
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Emma Louise
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
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Colleen
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 ...more
Mikey
“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 I start
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Kristine Pratt
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.
Yael Sanchez
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
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Al
Out of desperation for a good book, I was looking through my bookshelf earlier and found this. It was my favorite book in middle school, so I decided to reread it. Brought me back to the good old days. ;]
Nicole
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Ben
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's ...more
Runa
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Anne Hamilton
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Raegan   Ralls
Dec 09, 2014 Raegan Ralls rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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Cassie
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
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Malia
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 ...more
Janette
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
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Alison Durbin
I thought this book was amazing! I had two thoughts in my head the whole time I was reading this book: 1.) Why hasn't this been made into a movie?! and 2.) Why wasn't this book made aware to me as a child?!
I am from Indianapolis and am familiar with Conner Prairie, a "village" similar to the one described in the book. Had this book been read to me before my class took a field-trip to Conner Prairie, I probably would have enjoyed the trip a lot more. This book made me realize that I (as well as
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Stephanie
Jessie is growing up in 1840 in Clifton, Indiana. She spends her days like all the other kids in the frontier village; she goes to school and does chores. Lately a lot of kids have been missing from school because of illness. One night, Jessie's mother takes her along to help a nearby child who is sick. Her mom seems distressed when they leave, and she asks Jessie to meet her in the woods the next day after school and not to say anything about the meeting. To Jessie’s surprise, her mother tells ...more
Ashley
I distinctly remember reading this (or, rather, having it read to us) in...third grade? Fourth grade? (I remember vividly the room in the elementary school we were in but I can't remember which grade it was). It made quite an impression on me because I still remember some passages, word for word, all these years later. Something about a character "time traveling" by believing they live in one time period, but in reality they're living in a weird, commune like society within a completely differen ...more
Laura
Running out of time
It is 1840 year in small village of Clifton was a children who are dying from an outbreak of diphtheria. Parents don’t have any medicine, to save poor, sorrowful , helpless children. Without medicine is impossible save them and unless help comes soon, a whole generation will be wiped out.
Poor children name was Jessie, whose mother knows how to cure them, but than her mother need to discover the Jessie’s secret, who is weary dark and dangerous which lies behind Clifton and al
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Diana
So I read this book when I was like, ten or eleven years old (and my god, has it really been a decade already?!) so take my rating with a grain of salt or two.

That said, from what I remember of it, the story was pretty fantastic. The inevitable sequence of fish-out-of-water events was realistic and well-done. I still remember, for example, the main character being confused about how to use a payphone properly.

That said, the subplot about why the re-enactment town was infected seemed a bit of a s
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Kathy Stone
This is a novel with a strange premise. It is supposed to take place in 1840, but in reality it is 1996. The setting is a living history compound that has gone too far in its setting. Don't get me wrong. I love history and have been to numerous historical sites in my life, but the idea of physically placing oneself in the past and forgetting the real year does not sit well with me. Especially when vaccines are available for preventing what happened to these children.

The plot line of this novel i
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Cheryl
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Meganlehrhardt
The main character Jessie, is a 13 year old girl. She lives in village of Clifton, Indiana.Then theres an outbreak of diphtheria, a deadly disease. Jessie's mother was always trying to help the people that had it.
Jessie's mother reveals that it is really 1996 instead of 1840, and that the village is just a tourist attraction, kind of like a replica of an old village, that the people "controlling" the village does not want anyone to figure out, so they have guards/cameras surrounding the village
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Phoebe
This book is about a girl who thinks she lives in 1840, but really, its 1996. Jessie lives in Clifton Village, a frontier village created for tourists to watch, to have an "authentic" expeirience. The kicker is, that the kids in Clifton don't know they are being watched. The main character is a 13 year old girl, Jessie Keyser. Jessie has 5 other siblings, including her little sister Katie. Some other characters are Ma, Pa, Mr.Neely, an Miles Clifton. Mr. Clifton is a millionare, who funded the v ...more
Annie Cat
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.
Kris Irvin
I read this book when it first came out. I was ten years old. Now I'm 27 and grabbed this baby on a whim while at the library.

I hadn't realized that this was Margaret Haddix's first book. That's kind of cool. I can definitely see how she grew as an author. I followed her books for quite some time until I aged out of the audience.

I remember watching M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" and thinking "this guy totally stole the plot of Running Out of Time!" And it's kind of true. There are differen
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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