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Running Out of Time

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  20,320 Ratings  ·  1,291 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 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.
Steph
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lars Guthrie
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Emma Louise
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, favorites
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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Wendi
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Colleen
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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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Shayne Bauer
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.
Katherine
”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 examples to igno
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Kristine Hansen
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.
C.B. Cook
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!
Eleni
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mariah
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.
Ashley
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit, thrillers
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.
Hannah
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia, dystopia, mg
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.
Hanna Stuerzl
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ben Rotko
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yael Sanchez
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Ben
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicole
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal-sis-gee-1-12
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Andrea
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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 ...more
Malia
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Cassie
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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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Shelley
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) ...more
Janette
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Raegan
Dec 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Annie Cat
May 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anne Hamilton
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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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