Running Out of Time

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About The Book

Run For Your Life
Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 -- or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help.
But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

About The Author

The Backstage Studio

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 1, 1997)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689812361
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 730L
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ W

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Raves and Reviews

Joan Lowery Nixon Running Out of Time is a highly imaginative, absolutely terrific first novel.

School Library Journal (starred review) Absorbing...gripping...convincing and compelling. Fans of time-travel or historical novels...will look forward to more stories from this intriguing new author.

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies

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