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Running Out of Time | Book Review

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Running Out of Time | Book Review

Running Out of Time was one of my favorite books as a 5th grader. So you can probably already tell, I definitely recommend the book - but let me tell you why!


Jessie, the heroin of the book, and her family live in an 1840 village. Only the adults know that the year is really 1996, the kids are living in ignorance. When Clifton Village started they were told they would be able to leave and go as they liked, have modern medicine and be able to tell the kids when they reached a certain age. Now none of that happens and diphtheria has come to Clifton Village. 

When protesting by posting quarantine signs doesn't work and Jessie's little sister, Katie, gets sick something has to happen. Jessie's mom sends her to get help.

Y'all this book stands the test of time, and I loved re-reading it last week. So pick it up and read it by yourself or with your kids!

Read it: yes!

I'm almost finished with a series I'll review next month and need some suggestions of books to read. What's one book you can't live without or you love reading to the kids in your life? Tell me a little bit about the book and why! If I pick your book I'll include your comment on my post and link to your blog!

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35 Comments:

At March 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM , Blogger Susan Kinchen said...

Sounds like a great coming of age tale. I actually love those but for some reason I can't think of any off the top of my head. Perhaps, July Blume and the Not Bummer Summer.

 
At March 11, 2015 at 12:27 AM , Blogger Susan Kinchen said...

Sounds like a great coming of age tale. I actually love those but for some reason I can't think of any off the top of my head. Perhaps, July Blume and the Not Bummer Summer.

 
At March 11, 2015 at 1:03 AM , Blogger Corinne Rodrigues said...

Oh this one sure sounds interesting. I haven't heard of it before.
Would you laugh if I told you that I've read Pride and Prejudice at least 50 times! No, I'm no Victorian lady ;) but I don't know why it appeals to me so much!

 
At March 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Toiia Rukuni said...

This really sounds interesting and a great book for all ages! Great review!

 
At March 11, 2015 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad said...

What kind of adults are these? More importantly, how can I reach them if I need to keep a secret from my kid? Sounds like an interesting read. My absolute favorite book and movie is Charlotte's Web. Even as an adult, I enjoy it. I only read nonfiction now but I still have a special place in my heart for that little pig.

 
At March 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Mitch said...

I've never heard of this book. My question: is it always 1996 or does time move but the kids just don't know?

 
At March 11, 2015 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

So in the the late 1980's families moved to Clifton Village, but it was set in the mid-late 1830's. The town just progressed as it would have then, year by year but over 100 years back in time. When everything goes wrong it's the year 1996 in the real world but, 1840 in the village

 
At March 11, 2015 at 10:44 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

Whole families are living in the village. But their every move is being watched and every conversation is listened to, so they can't alert their children that anything is abnormal about where they live. That is, until it is absolutely necessary!

 
At March 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Patricia Bacon said...

Now this requires some thought about LONG ago. The series I started to read in Grade two and eventually finished ( don't know when) was by L.M. Montgomery and the first novel was Anne of Green Gables. Would highly recommend it! Good luck

 
At March 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM , Blogger Crisi @ Reserved and Waiting said...

This sounds interesting I'll have to check it out. One of my son's favorite book (that I had to read over and over) was The Treasure Tree. It's about 4 friends who go out on a grand adventure in search for 4 golden keys to the treasure tree and discover that their different personalities is the most precious treasure of all.

 
At March 12, 2015 at 7:06 PM , Blogger Chrystal Mahan said...

I have read books and watched movies where the children are born into this atmosphere where they act like they are in another year. The children dont see the outside world so they dont know any better. Makes for a good story.

 
At March 12, 2015 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Victoria Stankus said...

When I was growing up, I wasn't a big reader, but I did enjoy books like The Happy Hollisters, Little House on the Prairie books, Ramona Quimby, and other classics.

 
At March 12, 2015 at 11:43 PM , Blogger Katie said...

I read a lot of books but I always have such a hard time recommending any for others! When I was younger I loved Babysitter Club and Boxcar Children books.

 
At March 13, 2015 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Sherri Stotler said...

I'm going to get this for my daughter, she'll love it!! Some of my favorites are Little Britches, all of the American Girl historical books and the Winds of Light Series by Sigmund Brouwer.

 
At March 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Patrice Foster said...

I never read or heard about this book sounds interesting read for young adult will have to introduce to some of the teens I work with. Thanks for sharing.

 
At March 13, 2015 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Hannah Fellows said...

Wow...that sounds like an incredible book!!

 
At March 13, 2015 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Jennifer Sanders said...

I have never heard of that book. That may be one to add to the family book collection. Thanks

 
At March 14, 2015 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Melissa Burns said...

Very interesting! It makes me wonder if she ever succeeds in getting the help. If I were a avid ready, I'd totally pick that up. However, right now I'm bombarded with Accounting and Law books. (Yay College)

Thanks for sharing!

Miss--

 
At March 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

Sounds like M. Night Shyamalan may have read this book too! What an exciting story. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to read it!

 
At March 14, 2015 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Susan Lower said...

I'm currently reading The Mermaid's Sister by Carrie Ann Noble. One of my kid's favorite book is The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning. It's about a little pig that send a giant hug through the mail to his Grandma. Very cute.

 
At March 14, 2015 at 1:39 PM , Blogger backroadplanet@gmail.com said...

I think it's cool that you still enjoy books you read as a child. I know I am dating myself as a child of the '60s an '70s, but I can totally relate. I still remember the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Misty of Chincoteague books, the Happy Hollisters, and anything by Lois Lenski.

 
At March 14, 2015 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Meagan Life in the Between said...

There is nothing as good as a good book, is there? I hadn't heard of this one or its author, but it sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

 
At March 14, 2015 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Debbie Williams said...

My children loved Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree.

 
At March 14, 2015 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Lexi said...

I'd never heard of this book, but I'd love to read it! One of my favorites is Harry Potter...yup, I remember it was published when I was in elementary school and everyday, the teacher would read a little of it to us. We were all SO EXCITED about the book lol I loved growing up as the series and movies were published. Rowling's imagination and storytelling ability is amazing.

 
At March 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Gwen AnIslandFamilyByGrace said...

This sounds interesting and we are always looking for new books to read, so thanks for the recommendation.

 
At March 15, 2015 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Melissa Carter said...

Sounds like a really interesting read! I'll add it to my list (yes I actually keep a list of books I want to read in my phone) haha thanks for sharing!

 
At March 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM , Blogger Laura P said...

Sounds like an interesting story. Thx for the review!

 
At March 16, 2015 at 11:31 PM , Blogger Tammy Doiel said...

My daughter is always looking for good books. I'll have to let her know about this one.

 
At March 17, 2015 at 1:45 AM , Blogger Camille Duque-Aguila said...

This is kind of interesting. I used to read a lot of books but now that my hands are full (mostly of my kids) I paused for a while. Will grab this one when I finally get some time for myself! Thanks for the recommendation

 
At March 17, 2015 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Emma R said...

I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds really interesting!

Anne of Green Gables is one of the ones I recommend. I have no idea what I'll read with my sons since I read more girly books growing up. Maybe Box Car Children and Harry Potter?

 
At March 17, 2015 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Autismland Penny said...

Sounds sort of like the movie The Village with Joaquin Phoenix. I love that movie and will certainly check out this book!

 
At March 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM , Blogger MomMaven said...

This sounds like an interesting book, I've never heard about it. The Lottery Rose, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and Carry on Mr Bowditch were all favorites of my boys.

 
At March 18, 2015 at 8:35 PM , Blogger Christina McKenzie said...

Another book for my reading list. My favorite book growing up was Black Beauty. Mom had given me her copy and I fell in love with the story.

 
At March 18, 2015 at 11:42 PM , Blogger blessedfe said...

I will have to ask my two daughters if they have heard of this one! I may even need to go get it as a read so that I can recommend it to students! Thanks for this look into your reading list! What a great idea to have one!

 
At March 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Ang MomSpot said...

Sounds like a book that will find it's way into our home as it's perfect for my daughter. I might even need to pick it up and rad it as well.

 

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