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Outlaw Heroes
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Publisher:  Deanna Lynn Sletten ISBN-10:  1475298366 Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 14, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781475298369

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Twelve year old Will Long believes he is on the adventure of a lifetime when he is swept back in time to join the escapades of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But when a bank robbery goes sour, Will realizes that the outlaw life isn't as glamorous as he'd thought.

Twelve-year old Will Long loves the old west and his favorite stories are ones about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. When he was younger, Will and his father watched old western movies together and read books about old-time outlaws and lawmen. His father worked on a ranch and he and Will would ride horses together, rope cattle and attend rodeos. Unfortunately, this all ended the day his dad died suddenly and Will and his mother had to leave the ranch and move into town. After three years, Will still struggles with the death of his father and doesn’t like the new man in his mother’s life.

Will and his mother head west to Spokane, Washington on an Amtrak train to attend a family reunion and the one-hundredth birthday celebration for his great-grandmother. During the train ride, Will is suddenly awakened to find he’s been transported back in time and the train is being robbed by none other than Butch and Sundance. Will joins in with the outlaws and jumps at the chance to follow along with them despite Sundance's protests. Will follows the outlaws on some of their most famous robberies and also gets to meet the infamous Etta Place, Sundance's wife. But when a bank robbery goes sour, Will begins to wonder if being an outlaw is as exciting as he’d once thought.

Join Will as he learns life lessons along the way and discovers a family secret that has been hidden for decades.

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Book Review: Outlaw Heroes by Sally Murphy of
Will Long has a lot to deal with for a twelve year old boy. He has recently lost his father, and now his mother is seeing another man. With all this on his mind, his interest in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid provides a much-needed escape from reality.

Butch and Sundance are Will’s heroes – to him, their lives are full of excitement and adventure. He has read everything he can find about them and watched all the films. He loves to act out their adventures and even dresses like them. So, when he falls asleep on a train and is swept back to their time, he is delighted. He meets his heroes and even gets to ride along with them.

But this exciting adventure loses some of its shine when a bank robbery goes sour and Will begins to see the less glamorous side of the outlaw existence. He begins to wonder whether this really is the life for him.

Outlaw Heroes takes the reader on a trip around the United States, reliving well know events in the lives of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Young lovers of western adventures will enjoy this different take on the story, while being gently reminded that the criminal life has its drawbacks.

Deanna Lynn Sletten wrote the story as the culmination of a lengthy interest in the lives of the outlaw duo, and following years of research into their lives. The idea to develop this research into a piece of fiction came from watching her children play a game about outlaws.

Midwest Book Reviews: Children's Bookwatch, Feb. 2002
In Outlaw Heroes, we are introduced to twelve-year-old Will Long, who considers himself launched on the adventure of a lifetime when he is swept back in time to join in with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. But when a bank robbery goes wrong, Will realizes that the outlaw life isn't nearly so exciting and glamorous as he had thought it was. Written for young readers ages 10 and older, Outlaw Heroes is a throughly entertaining read from first page to last, and would make a fine addition to school and community library collections.
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AStoryWeaver's Book Reviews: by Jennifer LB Leese

Stars out of 5: 5

Will Long is a young boy who admires Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid. During a trip with his mother from t heir home in Fargo, North Dakota to Spokane, Washington to visit with his great-grandmother, Will settles in for the evening and soon finds himself swept back in time.
When Will opens his eyes, he finds that the modern Amtrack train is now an old-fashioned train and upon hearing voices, learns that his favorite heroes are in the middle of robbing the train.
After helping Butch Cassidy and t he Sundance Kid, Will soon realizes that their life doesn't seem as exciting as he had first thought. His adventure leads to one twist after another, taking him all over the United States with the gang.
The unexpected ending will make you smile, and will definitely catch you off guard.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Sletten's book OUTLAW HEROES. Her exceptional writing skills, well-defined characters, and realistic dialogue, makes her an author to keep an eye on. This reviewer looks forward to reading more work by this talented author.
Just as young Will in the book, Deanna Lynn Sletten also enjoys the adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After watching the movie starring Robert Redford, and Paul Newman, her interest progressed to where she found herself researching the outlaws.
Deanna decided to write about the legendary outlaws while watching her son play outlaws with her sister.
Deanna lives in Northern Minnesota wither two children, Michael and Deborah, and her husband.

--Reviewed by Jennifer LB Leese @ ASTORYWEAVERs Book Reviews,

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Reviewed by 1/17/2003
Outlaw Heroes
By Deanna Lynn Sletten
XLibris 2001
ISBN: 0-7388-9902-X - Trade Paperback
Children / Fiction / Adventure
Reviewed by Beverly J. Rowe,
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Twelve-year old Will Long has always been fascinated by Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid in their outlaw escapades as shown in the film with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He has read everything he could find about them, and now, as he dozes off, the outlaws themselves join him in his dream. Will has recently lost his father to an accident, and now he and his mother are on journey by train to see the man she has become interested in.

Will is swept back in time, and Butch and Sundance are in the process of robbing the very train Will is on. Will gives the outlaws some help in the robbery and then rides off with them. What an exciting adventure! Butch is the cheerful, friendly one, and Sundance is just a bit grouchy. Will has read all the history of their robberies and knows what to do to help them avoid capture. He is assigned the job of staying with the horses during a robbery that goes sour...making Will realize that robbery is, after all, a crime. He begins to wonder if the outlaw life is right for him...he begins to miss his mother.

Etta Place is a bright spot in the outlaws' lives and is secretly married to Sundance. They all travel to New York, where Butch, Sundance and Etta will depart for South America. The characters are very realistic and likable...the plot compelling and fast moving with an ending that is a refreshing surprise and just right. I'm looking forward to more from this exceptional writer. She has the knack to make the learning of history exciting and leave kids begging for more.
Reviewed by Bob Edgar 12/19/2002
An exciting read for anyone with imagination, particularly boys.I hope you sell millions, as there is a distinct similarity between 'Outlaws' & S.O.S.from Rhodon Valley.Congrats to you Deanna.

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