Margaret Peterson Haddix Writing Styles in Running Out of Time

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The novel is written in the third person, limited point of view (POV). Instead of Jessie narrating the story, the story is being narrated about Jessie. The reader still knows the protagonist's feelings, thoughts and beliefs. This allows the reader to feel like they are going on Jessie's journey with her. This point of view does not allow Jessie to hide anything from the reader. Because the point of view is limited, the reader does not know the feelings or thoughts of other characters unless a physical description of feeling or the character's dialogue makes their thoughts known. This would be a third person, objective point of view.

This POV works well for the story because the author wants to show the intense journey for which Jessie has been chosen. While Jessie's journey is very physical, it is also extremely emotional and intellectual. If we did...

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