A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice
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.
Debut author Stacey Lee successfully rides onto the range with this sweeping, warmhearted tale. "The" "Chicago Tribune" A much needed multicultural look at the Oregon Trail, with resourceful, smart, and brave Chinese American and African American girls as main characters. High drama, tension, romantic longings, and touches of humor will entice historical fiction fans. "School Library Journal" This moving novel will captivate you. Buzzfeed.com * Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats. "Kirkus" "Reviews," starred review A great fit for fans of historical adventure with a touch of romance. "Booklist " * A story that distinguishes itself by integrating strands of Chinese lore and wisdom, Christianity, and music with themes of friendship, diversity, and survival. "Publisher s Weekly," starred review Get ready to fall in love with this one. Bustle.com A solid, entertaining read. Tor.com A beautifully narrated story about first loves, unbreakable friendships and family found in unlikely strangers. "BookPage""
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.72 x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.34