Nomination: Under A Painted Sky

under a painted skyLee, Stacey. Under A Painted Sky. 2015. 384 p. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, $16.99 (978-0-3991-6803-1). Gr. 7 and up.

In 1849 the trek west along the Oregon Trail is always dangerous but for young women like Samantha, a Chinese-American musician, and Annamae, a runaway African American slave, the journey is especially perilous.  On the run from the law and disguised as boys, Sammy & Andy work together to survive and seek their freedom in the face of racism, sexism, stampedes, and deadly disease.

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