Escape from the Past: The Kid (#2)
Price: $12.95 eBook $6.99
Paperback Page Count: 304
Publication Date: February 26, 2016
Time-traveling gamer, Max, embarks on a harrowing journey through the Wild West of 1881!
After a huge fight with his parents, Max tries to return to his love and his best friend, Bero, in medieval Germany. Instead he lands in 1881 New Mexico. Struggling to get his bearings and coming to terms with Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game misleading him, he runs into Billy the Kid. To his amazement Billy isn’t at all the ruthless killer history made him out to be.
Trouble brews when a dying Warm Springs Apache gives Max a huge gold nugget to help his sister, Ela, escape from Fort Sumner. Shopping for supplies Max attracts the attention of ruthless bandits. Before Max can ask the Kid’s help, he and Ela are forced to embark on a journey to find his imaginary goldmine.
This is book 2 in the Escape from the Past trilogy.
Historical Novel Society
Max is an advanced game player who has already had one adventure in traveling back in time to Germany in 1471. There he fell in love, and his girlfriend, Julianna, wanted to marry. But Max is, at heart, a contemporary teen who’s not ready to conform to medieval social standards. At the same time, he longs to return to her and his best friend, Bero.
After having an unfortunate, heavy-duty fight with his parents, he makes the decision to return to Germany. When he gets sucked into the time travel vortex, it seems daunting to his body. He lands in the middle of a scorching desert, where he immediately meets a girl whom he manages to irritate about every minute or two. He sees and actually is part of a Western-style hold-up. Max is again stunned when he meets the notorious Billy the Kid, who turns out to be a decent guy in this story.
It’s a hardscrabble life, and ultimately Max winds up getting involved in a quest for gold and to rescue a family member of an American Indian. It’s ironic, but at first Max just gets everything wrong in his interactions. Ultimately he reveals his advanced knowledge and formidable courage against a deadly enemy, making this a gripping YA historical novel. There’s something about the essence of Western drama that makes exciting, wonderful reading. Max is fortunate enough to participate in the gritty, courageous kind of living that was once a day-to-day challenge. This is a great historical fantasy read that will make you want to read the first book in this series! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal for the Historical Novel Society
Reviews by Educators
“What a fun summer read! The Kid is an artful combination of science fiction and historical fiction that come together in a fantasy that is believable enough that the suspension of disbelief is possible and make the reading truly enjoyable. The contrast between Max’s present-day gamer lifestyle and the historical setting that he finds himself in offer a glimpse of the past and make history relevant for young people who may find historical connections difficult to make. What a wonderful way to bring history to life, re-imagine the past, and imagine the future all at the same time!” —Patrice W. Hallock, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Chair, Educator Preparation & Psych-Child Life, Utica College
“Escape from the Past: The Kid is a magical fictional mystery interwoven with historical facts and exciting adventures. The reader experiences the twists and turns of the story while gaining a greater appreciation of the challenges of life in the Wild West during the late 1800’s. Max, a typical teenager of today, is thrown into a series of arduous challenges he must overcome in order to return to his former humdrum life. Along the way, he and we gain valuable insights and appreciation of the hardships encountered by the new western settlers and the Native American people amongst outlaws and the formidable desert climate of the New Mexico area. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable experience you will not want to miss.“ —Richard Rafes, Ph.D., J.D., President of East Central University
“As an English teacher of 43 years and as a life-long student of the Wild West and Native Americans, I found Annette Oppenlander’s, The Kid, to be an accurate, well-researched and thoroughly entertaining novel for young readers. The portrait of Max, the adventurous and risk-taking protagonist, is spot on;he has the language of young men his age and all the angst, dreams and longings that are hallmarks of a typical 17 year-old adolescent male. Ms. Oppenlander has a keen eye for detail, and her ability to create cliffhanging situations of high suspense makes for a great read. I strongly recommend this novel for any imaginative young reader who likes to have one foot in fantasy and one in reality.” —Bill Hays, English AP/Honors Teacher, Retired, Bloomington North High School