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 each searches for a link to her past and struggles to avoid any unwanted attention.
But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the lighthearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls figure out they can't hide for long.
©2015 Stacey Lee (P)2015 Tantor
"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 starred review)
The print version was excellent. The audio book adds a wonderful dimension b/c the narrator does the accents so well. Loved it.
The friendships, the slow burn romance, the tension to the very end.
Samantha, the main character. She also did an amazing job with the Scottish brothers.
I cried so many times during this story; it was so good from start to finish. Awesome job. Now I'll go listen to it again.
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