Running Out of Time Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jessie Keyser is a teenage girl who who lives in a log cabin with her mother, a midwife, her father, a blacksmith and her five siblings. The children believe it is the year 1840. What Jessie doesn't know is that the year is actually 1996 and she lives in a replica of an 1840 village and she is being constantly watched by tourists and guards. Suddenly, local children begin to fall ill of diptheria and some are dying. Medicine is not being provided to them, even though it is readily availible.
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Jessie's mother sneaks her out into the woods one night, gives her modern clothes, food and instructions on how to use a telephone. Jessie's mission is to escape and go get the much needed diptheria medicine before it's too late. Will she return before diptheria wipes out the village?      
The review of this Book prepared by Kristina Murray

Jessie thought she lived in 1840 in Clifton, Indiana. Her mom was a nurse and her dad was a Blacksmith. But all the kids are dying from Diphtheria and it's really the year 1996 and she lives at a tourist site ran mad scientists who won't let them out or give them modern medical care. So her mom asks her to go out into the real world and get medicine for all the sick children in clifton.   
The review of this Book prepared by Alex Bailey

Many different families are living in the 18th century---or at least they think they are. The people are really "brainwashed" into believing they still do. Every move is watched, yet they don't know it. One young girl is told of the real world and it's up to her to save everyone else because there is a deadly disease but they have no cure. Can she go out into the city in which she is not used to, get the cure for the disease, and get back to the "18th century" to save the others in time?
The review of this Book prepared by Aramis Turner

Thirteen-year-old Jessie lives with her blacksmith father and midwife mother and several siblings in a frontier town in 1840. Then her mother tells her the truth: the year is really 1996 and they are actually living in a historical village, where tourists watch them via hidden cameras. The worst news is they're being held captive by the owner of the complex, who won't provide them with medicine despite an outbreak of diptheria. Jessie has to escape and find help in a modern world she can't even begin to understand.
The review of this Book prepared by Joy F.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 60% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   mass brainwashing Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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