Running Out of Time

Written by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Reviewed by Abby W. (age 12)

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Running out of Time is a story about a girl named Jessie who thinks she is living a normal life, safe and sound right at home in her ?hometown? of Clifton during the 1840?s. But now almost all the children are getting sick with diphtheria. Which leads Jesse?s mother to tell Jessie that they are really living in 1996, in a reconstructed village serving as a tourist site. So now Jessie must get out and get help before time runs out for the children who are sick. Will she make it or not?

When I was reading I felt like I never wanted to stop. I wondered what it would be like going from the 1840?s to the 1990?s. This wasn?t a book like any other book I?ve ever read. Every chapter kind of left you hanging. Like, she would be stuck in a sticky situation. My favorite part was when Jessie first got into the real world. It was my favorite part because she didn?t know what anything was. She didn?t know what cars were and she had never seen an electric light. She called cars big metal boxes with wheels.

I would recommend this book. I would recommend this book because it?s very suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend this book to girls in middle school. Mostly to 6th grade girls. Because Jessie was 13 years old and that?s how old most 6th graders are.

Abby W. is a student in Mrs. Kenyon's 6th Grade Class
2003-2004