Hour of the Outlaw

Hour of the Outlaw

by Maiya Williams
     
 

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The latest in the critically acclaimed, authentically detailed series transports readers back to the California Gold Rush.

When Xavier, Xanthe, Nina, and Rowan are sent after a time-travel runaway to the California Gold Rush, they’re faced with some of their toughest challenges yet: testy gunslingers, greedy prospectors, and worse, a society that

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The latest in the critically acclaimed, authentically detailed series transports readers back to the California Gold Rush.

When Xavier, Xanthe, Nina, and Rowan are sent after a time-travel runaway to the California Gold Rush, they’re faced with some of their toughest challenges yet: testy gunslingers, greedy prospectors, and worse, a society that doesn’t treat all of its members equally. But if they work together as a team, they can find their missing time traveler and, in the process, uncover the dangerous secret behind the Owatannauk Hotel’s time-bending powers.

Full of Wild West adventure, the latest entry in Maiya Williams’s series also offers readers a thought-provoking portrait of a time that was even more complex and colorful than most may realize.

Awards and praise for the trilogy

 

A Book Sense Pick

International Reading Association Fiction Award

Southern California Booksellers Association Children’s Book Prize

 

“Fun . . . for all lovers of fantasy, and the diversity is welcome.” —Detroit News and Free Press

 

“One of the few fantasies with any African American characters . . .” —Booklist

 

“Fills the gap between Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events.” —Time Out New York Kids

 

“It’s refreshing to have African American teens as main characters without their race being a main theme of the book . . .” —VOYA, 4Q 4P

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In this sequel to The Golden Hour (Amulet/Harry N. Abrams, 2004/VOYA June 2004) and The Hour of the Cobra (2006/VOYA June 2006), Xanthe, Xavier, Rowan, and Nina are given their first solo mission as Time Detectives. They travel to the time of the California Gold Rush to locate the missing son of Archibald Weber, inventor of the alleviator, a time machine. Balthazar disappeared during a time trip with his father. During their adventures, African American twins Xanthe and Xavier encounter the prejudice common at the time, but they also meet some Negro activists trying to help free blacks in the West. Nina plays the piano in a saloon, Rowan gets gold fever, and Xanthe keeps getting fired from domestic jobs. Xavier has the best role of all, becoming a bandit, the Ghost Rider, in order to befriend Balt who robs stagecoaches as the Black Rabbit. They finally convince Balt to return to his own time. Williams combines adventure and fantasy with historical fiction to create an action-packed story that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The four likeable teens are intelligent and resourceful as they accomplish their mission. The author's extensive research helps her to deftly weave historical figures into the narrative in a believable way. A historical note identifies people and events in the story that are true. Fantasy and adventure fans, along with readers of the earlier books will enjoy this return of the Time Detectives. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
African-American twins Xavier and Xanthe Alexander and their friends Nina and Rowan Popplewell are back. In this third novel, they embark on their first solo mission: to find Balthazar Weber, the teenage son of the inventor of time travel. He disappeared during a trip with his father in 1856 to hear Abraham Lincoln speak. The children piece together the notion that Balthazar may have run away to the California Gold Rush, and they head back in time to find him. Their trip leads to plenty of Wild West adventures filled with historical details, including the way that African Americans were treated and a glimpse of Native American life. The juxtaposition of 21st-century teens and their humor with a realistic picture of the Old West gives this book a readability that can often be absent from historical fiction. This welcome addition to the series will leave readers waiting to see where the children's adventures will take them next.
—Tasha SaeckerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810993556
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.87(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Maiya Williams was an editor and vice president of the Harvard Lampoon and a writer for the TV shows Rugrats and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She is currently a writer and producer for MAD TV and lives with her husband, three children, a Labrador retriever, a Schnorkie, two guinea pigs, and a variety of fish in Pacific Palisades, California. This is her third novel, a sequel to her critically acclaimed books The Golden Hour and The Hour of the Cobra.

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