Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee


paintedsky Under a Painted Sky is the exciting debut novel by Stacey Lee. Released in March 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Under a Painted Sky shakes up the YA historical fiction genre by placing two unlikely protagonists in the spotlight: a Chinese musician and an African American hired hand on the run on the Oregon Trail. The kicker? Both of these protagonists are young women, and must disguise themselves as men to avoid being caught. Will the cowboys who take them under their wing uncover their secrets, or will these two heroines make it to California scot-free?

It’s 1849 in Missouri, and Samantha has had a fight with her father. She longs to move back to New York City, where there is a larger community of Chinese immigrants. In Missouri, they stick out like a sore thumb. Her father has lofty ideas about moving out to California…

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