35 pages 1 hour read

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Running Out Of Time

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1995

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Essay Topics


How might the themes and characters of the novel be different today? Would a story like this be possible in today’s world of social media and modern technology? Why or why not?


What do you predict Jessie’s future will be like? What obstacles might she have to overcome at school, home, etc.? Do you think she will learn to trust her parents again? Why or why not?


What do you think would have happened if Ma had not sent Jessie for help? What if another character such as Ma or Hannah had gone instead? How is Jessie’s role in Clifton important?