Samantha and Annamae need to escape, not an easy thing for two women in Missouri in 1849. The only way to survive their journey west, is to blend in. They disguise themselves and join a band of three cowboys also following the Oregon Trail. However, dressing like a cowboy isn't the same as being a cowboy. Sammy and Andy have a lot to learn about the west, each other, and themselves. With a little romance and a lot of friendship, Under a Painted Sky paints the wild west with completely new colors.— From Holiday Picks 2015
A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans ofCode Name Verity
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician not an easy thing if you re a girl, and harder still if you re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it's a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
About the Author
Stacey Lee (www.staceyhlee.com) is a fourth generation Chinese-American. A southern California native, she graduated from UCLA and got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. Now, she plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Stacey lives outside San Francisco, California. Follow her on Twitter: @staceyleeauthor