Episode 57: Running Out of Time

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Running Out of Time

Alli’s called a lot of SSR books her favorite… and this one is no exception! On Episode 57, she’s joined by writer and debut author Rebecca Fishbein to discuss Margaret Peterson Haddix’s 1995 thriller Running Out of Time, in which we meet a thirteen-year-old who thinks she lives in 1840s Indiana but is actually part of a weird tourist attraction plopped right in the middle of 1996. It’s up to her to escape to the modern world and save her loved ones from diphtheria — no pressure.

Tune in to this episode to hear Alli and Rebecca chat about their shared love of Colonial Williamsburg, the lack of adventure books geared toward young girls, accusations that the movie The Village was plagiarized from the book, and some plot points that didn’t hold up so well on the reread. They also consider whether or not the premise of Running Out of Time would be as shocking to kids in 2019 as it was to them in the nineties.

Follow Rebecca on Twitter (@bfishfish) and check out her forthcoming book of essays Good Things Happen to People You Hate, out in October 2019.


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“Film vs. Book: M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village & M. Peterson Haddix’s Running Out of Time” (DB Movies Blog)

“Author Says New Film Is Similar to Her Novel” (The New York Times, 2004)

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