Outlaw Heroes by Deanna Lynn Sletten

outlawheroesOutlaw Heroes
By Deanna Lynn Sletten
150 Pages – Ages 12+
Published by CreateSpace on May 17, 2012

12-year-old Will loves the stories about the outlaws of America’s old west. He especially loves the stories about Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and their gang called “The Wild Bunch.” Will loved to watch old western movies with his dad before he died.

When riding on a train with his mom to go to the birthday party of his great-grandmother, Will falls asleep only to wake up in a different time! Will finds himself back in the old west and the train he is on is being robbed by the Wild Bunch! Will decides to tag along with the Wild Bunch (even though the Sundance Kid doesn’t want him to) and he is present at some of the gang’s most notorious crimes! Pretty soon Will discovers that being an outlaw isn’t really that great and there is nothing heroic about it. He just wants to get back home, but how?

I loved the time period of this book (and that it had time-traveling in the story)! I really like old western movies too, so maybe that’s why I thought the story was so exciting. I learned a lot about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in this book which I really liked. I thought Ms. Sletten showed that outlaws weren’t really heroes and that they had a really hard life. Will is an awesome main character. I felt like I really knew him. The action scenes Ms. Sletten described were great and the story kept me reading! There was a little cussing in the book, one or two da** words but nothing more than that. I liked this book so much that when my grandfather asked me yesterday if I read any good books lately, I handed him Outlaw Heroes!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

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34 replies

  1. Your enthusiasm is contagious. I enjoy time travel and like the way the outlaws are portrayed realistically instead of the Hollywood slant!

  2. This sounds like a fun way to learn about American history. Thanks, Erik.

  3. This is a unique take, isn’t it? I like that he removes some of the glamour from outlaws. I know two boys who might like this one as a read-aloud. (And then I can modify the language–sneaky, eh?)

  4. Hi Erik,
    Thanks so much for this wonderful review of Outlaw Heroes. I’m so happy you enjoyed my book. I had so much fun writing this book and it’s rewarding to hear when someone enjoys it too.

  5. I sure hope Will finds his way home. I don’t like being lost, especially lost in another time. I was lost for 3 years before Mom found me!! Scary!

    Love and licks,

  6. Great review Erik as always! I read Outlaw Heroes too and I loved it. Certainly one of the best mg books I’ve read in awhile. Thanks for the review and best of luck to Ms. Sletten.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  7. Great review! I think books like this are always one of the most interesting ways to learn about historical periods and figures! This sounds like the kind of book my elementary students would have liked when I was teaching!

  8. This sounds really good, Erik. I like fictional stories that teach you something educational while you’re not looking 🙂 I like that the author made you realize that the outlaws’ lives were hard and that they weren’t heroes. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love time travel and this book sounds so fun! I look forward to reading it and hopefully sharing it with my 5th grade students. 🙂 Awesome review!

  10. Great book to teach kids about history in a fun way — time travel. Glad it’s realistic about that period of time. Good choice.

  11. Great when a story also conveys history. As I’ve said before, Erik, I think you have a strong sense of adventure. Wouldn’t surprise me if you travel and have many adventures yourself.

  12. I love books with time travel in them. What a great way to learn history. Sounds like a realistic look at outlaws! Hope your grandfather enjoyed the book.

  13. Two of my daughter’s friends recently had a sleepover here at home and we all watched the film adaptation of The Indian in the Cupboard – your review reminded me a little bit of that with time travel and cowboys and the Old West. Interesting. 🙂


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