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Having killed the man who tried to rape her, aspiring violinist and Chinese American Samantha flees to California with an escaped slave, Annamae. It’s 1849 and the Oregon Trail is particularly unsafe for young women, so Sam and Annamae disguise themselves as boys. Although they discover unexpected allies in a group of cowboys, it’s the girls’ beautiful friendship that forms the heart of the story.
Under a Painted Sky is among Eric Smith's top five YA reads for fans of the Wild West, Nicole Hill's five top historical YA novels about adventurous and independent-minded women, John Hansen's ten must-read YA novels you've probably never heard of, Sarah Skilton's top six YA books featuring cross-cultural friendships, and Dahlia Adler's seven top YA novels about best friendship.
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