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Running Out Of Time: Two Worlds, One Answer, No Time! (Definitions) Paperback – 1 Mar 2001


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099402831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099402831
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 1840 and in the small village of Clifton the children are dying from an outbreak of diphtheria, and there is no medicine to save them. Their deaths seem inevitable until Jessie's mother admits that she knows how to cure them. The problem is that it isn't as simple as using a little medicine. Clifton's future hangs in the balance and the only way to cure the children is to tell Jessie the truth: Clifton is an experiment, and it is really the year 1996.

Running Out of Time is a complex and utterly gripping novel which examines the effects of a human experiment that begins to go horribly wrong. Jessie is sent out into the real world to find medicine, leaving her loved ones behind to face a treacherous journey. As she treads softly through the horrors of this brave, new world, she has to come to terms with the fact that her whole life so far has been part of a strange experiment while realising that there are dangerous people out there who will do anything to stop her telling the truth.

This is a clever book, which uses attention-grabbing, fast-paced writing as a way of questioning the world we live in, and will capture the imagination of any curious reader with a passion for cracking story-telling. (Ages 10 and over)--Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
Thirteen year old Jessie lives in a frontier town, Clifton Indiana in the year 1840. It is a nice comfortable town. Her father is a blacksmith which is indispensible and her mother looked after sick people at night when the local Doc was asleep. One day her mother discovered that the town was plagued with diphtheria. People were going to die without proper medicine. So due to circumstances Jessie was sent out of town to bring back help. This trip could prove deadly for Jessie as she is about to find her world turned up-side-down and we are also in for a shock as we discover a cabal behind a deadly plot.

They say that the people that write best are those people that write about what they know and Margaret Peterson Haddix actually knew of a tourist place similar to where our story starts. Yet the strength in Haddix's story is not as much the intriguing plot as it is her description of people and things. She makes you wonder what you would do.

I knew or thought I pretty much knew the story before reading the book as I saw the movie "The Village" (2004). However the movie was readjusted to match M. Night Shyamalan's standard formula including the standard ending twist. The book was more complex and did not need the minute twist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura T VINE VOICE on 24 May 2001
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book. I thought it had some very original ideas in it, and was a great idea for a story. The book starts in a small village in the 1840's. People are dying and the only way to save them is for 13 year old Jessie's mother to tell her the truth behind their village. Jessie has already noticed some strange things, but when the truth is revealed, it is completly unexpected. This book was exciting and easy to read. If you liked this book, I'd also recommend another book by Margaret Haddix, 'Amongst the Hidden.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2004
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I really enjoyed M. Night Shyamalan's film, "The Village", and later read that there was a controversy over where the idea for the film had originated. It had been suggested that the premise of the film had been taken from this book. My curiosity having been peaked, I decided to check for myself. I was surprised that the book was one that had been written for the young adult market. Still, I did not let that deter me from buying the book, though it had been decades since I had been a young adult. I was pleased, however, to note that the book had been designated an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, so all was not lost.
The book is an easy and pleasant read with a very compelling storyline. It tells the story of thirteen year old Jessie Keyser, who all her life has believed that she lives in the nineteenth century frontier village of Clifton, Indiana. When diphtheria starts claiming the lives of the village children, her mother tells her that it is not really 1840, as Jessie has been led to believe, but 1996. It appears that the village in which Jessie has grown up is actually a historical preserve, which its inhabitants are forbidden to leave. Jessie, however, is entrusted with a very important mission. She is to leave the preserve and seek help for their village in the outside world, avoiding capture by those who would seek to silence her in order to maintain the status quo and the secret that they are harboring in Clifton.
This is a very imaginative debut novel with a strong storyline that will appeal to those who are fond of historical fiction or time travel tales. It is most definitely a plot driven, rather than character driven, story. While it is simply written so as to appeal to the young adult market and teens, the story is so compelling that adults will also enjoy it, as long as they keep in mind the targeted audience. As for its similarity to the film, "The Village", there can be little doubt as to why someone may suggest comparison between the two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun 1998
Format: Paperback
BeBeep Book group, a middle level reading group in Severna Park, Md discussed this book at their July meeting. Six really liked it while two did not. We talked about Jessie's character quite a bit which was well drawn, but felt the setting was a little confusing as were the motivations of some of the adults. The book is well suited for a group because it has good starting points for discussion but proved to be unsettling for some of the children(2children die and a mother puts her child in danger)and I would keep this in mind if choosing the book.Katie(9)thought it was interesting how a 13yr. old had to react in this situation, Emily(10)thought it was good but too unbelievable, Laura(9)didn't think this was a good book for her age and thought the author should have done a better job of describing Clifton.Kelly(8)thought it was scary, Max(9)really enjoyed the way it was written Derrick(10) thought it was a GREAT book and liked to see how Jessie got out of situations, Babette(8)thought it was much more exciting than the regular books she reads, and Lindsay thought the whole reenactment idea was very neat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Floss on 22 July 2006
Format: Paperback
When I first picked up this book, I chose it for the excited sounding title. This excitement does not merely give false hopes about the book's content, but in fact it did not come close to having as much suspense and anticipation as the actual text.

At the time that I first read this, I had never found such an action-packed, dramatic and enticing book written for my age range. It has much movement in the plot and the reader can really empathise with Jesse as we are as confused as she is about the world that she finds herself in, when she has to leave her safe village, to live in the 'real' world.

The plot tells of how her small community needs to be saved from lack of medicine for an illness, and really pulls people into feelings of despair of a completely believable and life-like character searching for truth in confusion.

This is a book to excite and refresh.
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