Sunday, September 02, 2007

Running Out Of Time


Haddix, Margaret Peterson. 1995. Running Out of Time.

Jessie Keyser has lived her whole life in a small village, Clifton, where the year is 1840 and a disease is threatening to become an epidemic. But what she doesn’t know can save her...for outside her small village, the year is 1996. In the 1980s, a millionaire had a ‘brilliant’ idea of creating an authentic tourist attraction where volunteers would throw themselves back in time while tourists secretly watched. Jessie’s mother and father were two of the original volunteers. The rules were simple. Anyone was supposed to be able to leave if they changed their mind. While they couldn’t discuss the ‘twentieth-century world’ with just anyone, they could tell their children once they turned twelve. They were supposed to have access to modern medicine in the case of life-threatening illnesses. But what happens when the rulebook is thrown out? Can Jessie save her village from disaster? Full of secrets and surprises, RUNNING OUT OF TIME is an exciting science fiction read.

7 comments:

Paige Y. said...

I really enjoyed this book. It's exciting, yet it has great ethical decisions to discuss. It's also a book that my students really enjoy.

Tristi Pinkston said...

That sounds really cool. It's going on my list now.

Becky said...

I agree, Paige. That is what I find so wonderful about Margaret Peterson Haddix. 98% of the books I've read by her have been engaging and very easy to lead into ethical discussions. And it's not forced. You genuinely want to discuss these type issues after reading. It isn't like someone is *forcing* you to be deep and think.

Unknown said...

I loved this book! Haddix is going higher and higher on my favorite authors list!

Becky said...

I agree, Amanda. 2007 could almost be called the Year of Haddix for me. I've read (devoured) so many of her books. She does have a new book coming out soon called Uprising. And I believe she has a book due out in 2008 too.

Tristi Pinkston said...

It went on my list, it got read, and I loved it. Thanks for recommending it!

Anonymous said...

running out of time was very enjoyable! at first you think it will be stupid and have no meaning, but as you get into it you find put how good it is and how you cant put it down after you start! This is the best out of all Haddixs books this os the best!