Reviews for Running Out of Time


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
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. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 October
Gr 5-8?This absorbing novel develops an unusual premise into the gripping story of a young girl's efforts to save her family and friends from a deadly disease. Jessie Keyser, 13, believes that the year is 1840. In truth, she and her family, along with a small group of others, live in a reconstructed village viewed by unseen modern tourists and used as an experimental site by unethical scientists. Jessie discovers the truth when her mother asks her to leave the village and seek medical help for the diptheria epidemic that has struck the children of the community. Jessie must cope with the shock of her discovery; her unfamiliarity with everyday phenomena such as cars, telephones, and television; and the unscrupulous men who are manipulating the villagers. The action moves swiftly, with plenty of suspense, and readers will be eager to discover how Jessie overcomes the obstacles that stand in her way. While she is ultimately successful, the ending is not entirely a happy one, for several children have died and others are placed in foster care to await resolution of the complex situation. This realistically ambiguous ending reflects the author's overall success in making her story, however far-fetched, convincing and compelling. Haddix also handles characterization well; even secondary characters who are somewhat sketchily drawn never descend into stereotype. This book will appeal to fans of time-travel or historical novels as well as those who prefer realistic contemporary fiction, all of whom will look forward to more stories from this intriguing new author.?Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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