Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Publication: March 17th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult; Historical Fiction
A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code 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.
Happy Release Day to Miss Stacey Lee! I am so overwhelmed she's one of the authors I have interviewed on my first blog event. She has shared us an exclusive excerpt and awesome soundtracks from her book PLUS a two question interview. Check it out here and swoon with me! I like like like when the protagonists disguised themselves as boys. If you happen to read Under a Painted Sky in advance, I am open for spoilers! *Whispers, I promise not to share. Winks.*

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Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë: "And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day."

  1. I'm really excited about this one! Character diversity, Chinese lore, road trips, cross-dressing... I need this book in my life! :D

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings


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