Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee Review 4/1/15

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
March 17, 2015
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 374 pgs.

What it’s about:

The year is 1848. The tiny frontier town is St. Joe, Missouri. Samantha’s greatest desire is to return to New York and pursue her music career, but when tragedy strikes she has no choice but to flee into the wild west. Her only companion is Annamae, a slave with plans to escape to freedom. The Oregon Trail is no place for two girls, but it’s even more dangerous for a Chinese girl and a runaway slave so they disguise themselves as boys, and attempt to outrun their troubles.

Why you might like it:

Lee’s stunning debut is a welcome addition to the historical fiction genre. This survival story is full of adventure and wild west action, but at its core is a moving story of trust and friendship. Plus, there are cowboys and horses and a little romance! I almost forgot all the Chinese zodiac mythology woven throughout. Take a close look at the gorgeous cover and you will see the snake, the rabbit, and the dragon.

 Want more like this?

For more tales of a girl disguised as a boy try the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. For another historical fiction story that focuses on female friendship try Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

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