Upon first glance, Sam Miracle’s name appears to be a misnomer. After all, he is stuck in an orphanage in the middle of the desert, and his arms don’t work. Miracles aren’t exactly likely for this teenager. All he has going for him are his incredibly vivid dreams in which he time-travels to fight the evil El Buitre . . . and in which his arms function properly.
Sam longs for his dreams to become reality, but nothing seems to change until the arrival of Father Tiempo (a time traveler) who informs him that his dreams aren’t dreams at all but memories of lifetimes he has lived and adventures he has and will have. Father Tiempo has been working hard to help Sam snap out of this current reality and understand that he is already the hero of the story. With the help of a motley crew of orphans and his new best friend Glory, Sam follows Father Tiempo through time in an effort to rescue his sister Millie and save the world from El Buitre in this first book in the series (currently on sale for $3.94!).
Themes of friendship, self-sacrifice, and courage pepper this latest from N.D. Wilson (author of the popular 100 Cupboards series), who continues to write adolescent fantasy and coming-of-age fiction from a Christian worldview (albeit not in a “Christian fiction” format – see this fantastic article for insight into his methods and philosophy). The second book in this series was released this past spring, and readers can now pre-order the third, due April 2018. I highly recommend this fast-paced, character-rich story for middle schoolers and above.
Purchase Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle (Book #1) here.
Purchase Outlaws of Time: The Song of Glory and Ghost (Book #2) here.
Pre-order Outlaws of Time: The Last of the Lost Boys (Book #3) here.