Creative Kid Thursday! Guest review by Molly Johnson

Hello readers! Today I have a special guest review for you all! 🙂 Meet Molly Johnson fellow kid book blogger! Be sure to check out Molly’s blog after you get done this post!

Hi guys!  My name is Molly Johnson, and I am most definitely a bibliophile.  I just started a book-reviewing blog, Locked in My Library (, and I am so grateful to Erik for giving me the chance to write a guest post on This Kid Reviews Books!  The book I’m reviewing today is by one of my favorite authors, ND Wilson, and it came out last month.  I would like to once again thank Erik for giving me this chance.
Thanks for reading,

  • Title: Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle
  • Age Range: 8+
  • Grade Level: 3+
  • Series: Outlaws of Time (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 19, 2016)
Back Cover Description:
    Sam Miracle’s life is made up of dreams, dreams where he’s a courageous, legendary hero instead of a foster kid with two bad arms that can barely move. Sometimes these dreams feel so real, they seem like forgotten memories. And sometimes they make him believe that his arms might come alive again.

    But Sam is about to discover that the world he knows and the world he imagines are separated by only one thing: time. And that separation is only an illusion. The laws of time can be bent and shifted by people with special magic that allows them to travel through the past, present, and future. But not all of these “time walkers” can be trusted. One is out to protect Sam so that he can accept his greatest destiny, and another is out to kill him so that a prophecy will never be fulfilled. However, it’s an adventurous girl named Glory and two peculiar snakes who show Sam the way through the dark paths of yesterday to help him make sure there will be a tomorrow for every last person on earth.

What I thought:

ND Wilson’s style and prose are engaging and alluring, and he really drew me into the story.  In the first two sentences of chapter one, I could actually feel the heat rising from the page: “There’s a kind of heat that can peel lizards, even in the shade.  Heat that sends every creeping thing slithering under rocks and into graves, heat that floats the crows up and away to find whatever cool whispers of mountain air might be trickling in over the painted mesas.”  Though the book is 330 pages long, the story moved very rapidly.  There is a lot of action, and it starts almost right away.  I was definitely rooting for Sam (the main character), even though there wasn’t a lot of him that I could relate to.  Glory, his sidekick, is an amazing girl with an adventuresome spirit who gets shot on the day she meets him (because of him) and then decides to help him rescue his sister and save the world anyway.  And it’s clear soon after they meet that he certainly could not succeed without her help.  The plot is interesting, but it is a bit complicated.  I really needed to think my way through portions of the book, and don’t think it would have been as enjoyable if I was tired.  However, this book definitely passes the most important test, which is:  Would I read it again?

The answer, most emphatically, is YES!

Thank you very much for stopping by, Molly! I really appreciate you doing so!

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5 replies

  1. Molly, This sounds like a great book. Will add it to my list. Also, congratulations on your blog.

  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Another Kid’s book reviewer recommended by Erik – See her Book Review Requests tab for submission guidelines 😀

  3. This book sound fantastic. Thanks for the review.:-)

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