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Running Out of Time (2 vol.)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under observation by heartless scientists. 239 pages, Ages 10-14

Item Number: 1093
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $19.50
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Reviews for Running Out of Time (2 vol.)
5Jessie believes she is being raised in the 1840s, but the year is actually 1996. Jessie lives in a tourist site made to look like a real village of 150 years ago. Her classmates have begun dropping out of her small, one-room classroom, and the medicines they are given don't seem to work. Jessie's mother finally tells her the truth about their community. It's up to Jessie to escape from Clifton and seek help from the "real world." Although the plot is quite serious and suspenseful, I had to laugh at the scene where Jessie sees cars for the first time and thinks they move by witchcraft. My favorite part of this well written story is the part where she calls a press conference and reveals the "shocking secret" of Clifton.
3The author, who studied journalism and history in college, does a good job of contrasting life in 1840 with life in 1996. The story is good, too--what would YOU do if you woke up one morning and your mother said: "Hey, just so you know? You really aren't living in 1840. It's really 1996, but we're all here in an 1840 village and ..." Jessie is known in her village for being brave, and she despises her older sister, Hannah, because Hannah is so cautious and is always thinking about dresses and hair and "girlish" stuff. When Jessie's mother sends her into 1996 to save her family and friends, the stakes couldn't be higher. But Jessie learns that her bravery is even better when she adds a bit of Hannah's caution. The best scene was when the two girls got to share with each other about their change in perspective.

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