The Writing’s On The Wall is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I create desktop wallpapers inspired by some of my favourite novels.
Title Under A Painted Sky
Author Stacey Lee
Pages 384 Pages
Genre Historical Fiction, Adventure
Publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publisher On March 17th, 2015
Find It On Goodreads
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.
Alongside an escaped slave from the brothel, Samantha and Annamae take to the relative safety and anonymity of the Oregon Trail, travelling not as themselves, but in disguise as “Sam” and “Andy”,
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.
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